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I can’t believe the media is allowing themselves to be held captive by Trump. But it also drives me crazy that MSNBC and CNN are so obsessed with Cuomo’s pressers and by DeBlasio. Neither one of them have been as proactive or effective as Ohio’s Mike DeWine or California’s Gavin Newsome. The media acts like they have don’t realize that most of us don’t live in New York and don’t need a daily detailed account of what is being done there.

I am not a fan of DeWine but he was willing to listen to his health experts and shut things down before Ohio had even one diagnosed case. Despite taking a lot of heat he held firm. And that state already had a well-established statewide emergency medical response system - something other states would do well to study.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/did-ohio-get-it-right-early-intervention-preparation-for-pandemic-may-pay-off/2020/04/09/7570bfea-7a4f-11ea-9bee-c5bf9d2e3288_story.html

In his interview with Rachel Maddow Gavin Newsome described how he is using the economic clout of California to buy needed supplies abroad without getting into a bidding war. He is working with other states to help them get what they need too. He already has a deal for 200 million masks per month. California is sending ventilators to other states, too.

https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/newsom-california-has-deal-for-200-million-masks-per-month-81763397587

It seems to me that we should be hearing from people like this who are acting proactively not constantly hearing from Trump, Cuomo and DeBlasio.

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good points. i think a lot of that revolves around old media bias that NY is the really the US capitol.

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100% this...let's get some more variety in the news please.

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This is the only place where it is possible to see the real Trump, unedited. Not made tidy or comprehensible by putting words in or taking them out. Not recut, for concision, or to be suitable for family viewing.

In other words, Trump is finally not being normalized, and they need to rebroadcast every minute of it 24/7 until it is the only thing you can see, until everyone has seen it ten times.

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Ah, interesting idea—flood the marketplace w/ crazy, unfiltered Trump. it’s tempting I agree. the problem is when press then does normalize briefings after the fact.

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The Apprentice ratings declined episode to episode. Got a spike when they switched to the burn out, insignificant, possibly deranged celebrity version and then right back to decline; last episode attracted ~6m viewers. In Trump’s favor, the show had what you can call Fake Trump and was cheap to produce.

All of which is to say, declining ratings should be no surprise.

Meanwhile, I’m amazed that the people on the stage with Donnie (failing to do that social distancing thing so Donnie can have a backdrop he likes) are doing such an awesome job that they have ~3 hours a day to waste on this sick crap.

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the most amazing part abt Apprentice ratings were that Trump demanded NBC *still* issue press releases claiming it was top 10 rated show, even when it had fallen to No. 30.

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30 with ~6m viewers with a reality show budget is profitable enough, and there were foreign licensing fees. On the other, 6m is a crap number as a lead in.

But what do I know? I found it unwatchable but OTOH, I’ve had a complete Lack of respect for Trump since the mid-70s, finding himself repellant, well, scumbag. And 1989 with the CP5 lynching (and still no apology*) just locked in my opinion — which, I might add, has yet to be proven wrong. Now that I think about it, I’m probably an OG Trump hater.

(*Donnie’s racism may be related to or with the fact his house was the last in the neighborhood to paint over the lawn jockey white. OTOH, by that time in the late 70s or so, old Fred was probably the last bund member in the neighborhood. (That he was is my own spurious rumor based on historic fact and the complete absence of any proof I’m wrong.)

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Excellent observation. And one Trump would hate.

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good!

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One of the Twitter offerings for the first line of a novel about the 'Coronavirus era' says it all:

"It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks didn’t matter because the White House coronavirus press conference would never end. (@CarlosLozadaWP)"

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Yep! Trump always forgets the more he talks the less people like him

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(By Eric Boehlert, article)

'Void of empathy and human emotion beyond Trump's endless desire for political revenge, the news-free briefings now drag on day after day, as Trump rambles through disjointed commentaries about an array of unrelated topics. '

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