Here’s the SNL clip discussed in earlier threads. I think the cast captures the Fox News brand of white grievance-mongering brilliantly. Fake Chris Matthews makes an appearance, as does real Senator Warren:
Judging from actual Fox News clips I’ve seen, SNL’s portrayal of how the network is downplaying the virus is spot-on. I mentioned in comments a while back that there’s a split among my elders on pandemic prep: the Fox watchers scoff as the virus spreads, and the non-Fox influenced aren’t panicky but are willing to lay in hurricane season supplies early just in case.
In Florida, Republicans are in recrimination mode over the handling of C-19. Everyone is kinda hoping it goes away when the weather gets hot. Doesn’t seem like much of a plan, but here we are.
Speaking of lack of planning, Ben Carson wasn’t very reassuring on the Sunday shows:
Here’s Ben Carson saying that if you’re healthy, “there’s no reason you shouldn’t go” to a crowded Trump rally.
“I’m confused by the message you’re sending right now,” Stephanopoulos replies. pic.twitter.com/AMPhjqNfWq
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 8, 2020
From past work as a flack for monsters (PR/marketing shops for health insurance companies), I recognize Carson’s situation: he’s not there to inform but to spin and obfuscate. The more the gulf between the facts and the administration’s response widens, the dumber it will make Carson look.
But it’s not really Carson’s fault; his job is impossible. It IS his fault that he voluntarily works for a monster, of course, and fuck him for that — just saying there’s no way to reconcile the opposing demands of the public health emergency and Carson’s demented boss.
These days, I’m a work-at-home shut-in, so a trip to the grocery store yesterday was the first opportunity I’ve had to gauge local reaction to the pandemic. The store has always had sanitizer wipes available to de-germ hands and cart handles, but the grocer set up a more prominent station for that purpose since my visit last week. A big trash can next to it was filled with wipes, indicating high demand.
No one was wearing masks that I saw. I tried to remember not to touch my face, but I can see already it’s going to require a dog cone.
Anyhoo, open thread.