Death of the Media
The rehabbing of the Mango-Hued Shitgibbon continues, via the morning email thingie from Axios:
The spread and impact of the coronavirus may be unfathomable, but it’s not unpredictable. Yet the U.S. has failed to respond accordingly, Axios health care reporter Caitlin Owens writes.
- The delay in widespread testing allowed the virus to spread undetected.
- Then we were caught flat-footed by the surge in demand for medical supplies in emerging hotspots.
A lot of passive voice there, Axios. As my journalism teacher implored us, “Who is the actor?” and “What was the action?” and most importantly, “Why do you not want to name the actor.” In other words, what is YOUR motivation in reporting this?
But I interrupted. Do continue.
What they’re saying: A senior Health and Human Services official told Axios that if officials could do it all over again, they would have engaged the private sector to ramp up medical manufacturing in mid-January — about two months earlier than ended up happening.
- “By waiting to fully appreciate and acknowledge this as a once-in-a-lifetime crisis, this was a colossal missed opportunity,” the official said.
Actor-Actions-Why. Still missing, Axios.
The bottom line: When Axios asked the HHS official how all of this keeps happening, the official said it’s at least partially due to disconnects — between Trump and his administration, between the government and the private sector, and between the U.S. and the rest of the world.
“At the end of the day, the virus has slipped through all those cracks that exist between all of these entities,” the official said.
Let’s compare and contrast:
“When Ford’s chief executive, Jim Hackett, announced on Tuesday that the carmaker would team up with General Electric to build ventilators, he tempered the good news with a note of caution: ‘We’re talking about early June.’
“That was just one of several examples that underscored the price of the Trump administration’s slow response to evidence as early as January that the coronavirus was headed to the United States.
“For the first time, it is now possible to quantify the cost of the lost weeks, as President Trump was claiming as recently as February that in a ‘couple of days’ the number of cases in the United States ‘is going to be down to close to zero.’
“Ford’s timeline suggested that if the administration had reacted to the acute shortage of ventilators in February, the joint effort between Ford and General Electric might have produced lifesaving equipment sometime in mid- to late April. … Mr. Trump is caught between his desire to be proactive and optimistic, and the crushing realities of the numbers. For the past two weeks, the administration has usually avoided indicating the number of ventilators, masks or personal protective equipment that it has distributed. That changed on Monday, when Rear Adm. John P. Polowczyk, a senior logistics officer for the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, began specifying delivery quantities.”
As much as I personally dislike the NYTimes, that was reporting. We learned something.
The government did not act because our Prznint is an idiot who thought he could bluff his way through a pandemic. We all saw it coming, we predicted it, and now it’s here and the Gubmint is still not acting.
That’s the story, Axios. Report it. I don’t know why you decided to feature spin, but I suspect Mike ‘Payola’ Allen does.