TDS tales, or I would do anything to “own” Trump..

What’s it worth it to embarrass Trump?

Kathy Griffin is now famous only for the depths to which she will stoop to manifest her Trump Derangement Syndrome: “I was sent to the #COVID19 isolation ward room in a major hospital ER from a separate urgent care facility after showing UNBEARABLY PAINFUL symptoms. The hospital couldn’t test me for #coronavirus because of CDC (Pence task force) restrictions,” she tweeted alongside two photos showing her in a hospital room. Griffin said she recently returned from a Mexican vacation and experienced intense abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea and a cough. She said she was eventually directed to the emergency room at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and placed in its coronavirus isolation ward.

An x-ray revealed her lungs were clear and a scan revealed she had an abdominal infection, Griffin said. A doctor still wanted to administer a test for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, because some of her symptoms fit the illness, according to the comedian. But, she said, the doctor said she couldn’t because of guidelines issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The news media has been propping up all these anecdotal stories of nurses or doctors who claim they don’t have the medical equipment they need. In a viral video released by the New York Times accompanying an article called “13 Deaths in a Day: An ‘Apolcalyptic’ Coronavirus Surge at an N.Y.C. Hospital,” a woman claiming to be a doctor at Elmhurst hospital in New York seems to have violated HIPPA laws and filmed what looks like hospitalized patients and then claimed they didn’t have enough ventilators…while standing in front of five unused ventilators. You would think that if your patients are dying because they are in desperate need of ventilators and the hospital received a new shipment, there would be doctors and nurses rushing them to the dying patients, wouldn’t you?

President Trump tweeted, “So much of the Lamestream Media is writing and broadcasting stories with facts that are made up and knowingly wrong. They are doing it by quoting unnamed sources that simply do not exist. These are very dangerous & corrupt people, who will do anything to win. NAME YOUR SOURCES!Well, it looks to me that he is right.

New York officials have said multiple times that resources are being reallocated, that no hospitals in New York are overwhelmed as of now, and that steps are being taken to ensure they won’t be — including building huge facilities with extra beds and bringing in a hospital ship from the Navy to take the overflow. But still, the media wants you to think it’s all falling apart and everything is hell. Governor Cuomo and the head of the NYC hospitals say the reports of not enough personal protective equipment (PPE) are completely untrue. The NYT mentions this in its piece but seems to take the anecdotal evidence from nurses over the government’s response. Another claim that nurses were wearing trash bags as protective gear appeared in that article along with another one in the New York Post. This photograph went viral on Twitter. What the people getting upset about it didn’t realize is that they are all wearing the approved protective gear they claim to need under the trash bags.

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo, New York, has fired a top executive–Laura Krolczyk–over Facebook posts showing her criticizing Trump’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, and wishing infection and death on Trump’s supporters. The remarks were made during an exchange with Lisa LaTrovato, director of development at Hauptman Woodward Medical Research Institute, an independent, non-profit biomedical research facility in Buffalo, New York. LaTrovato has been placed on leave.

Laura Krolczyk had shared an article about Trump and GM with the sarcastic comment, “Vote Trump.” “But will waste more than that on a wall and space force,” LaTrovato replied. “Trump supporters need to pledge to give up their ventilators for someone else … and not go to the hospital,” Krolczyk said. LaTrovato replied, “I think they should be the only ones in packed churches on Sunday.” “They should barricade themselves in there and ride this out,” suggested Krolczyk. “Yup,” replied LaTrovato. Another Facebook user chimed in, “Wow, just wow, so your saying we decide who lives and dies based on political views? Great plan 👍.” “That’s literally what he’s saying,” Krolczyk replied. “Take your ‘wow’ and comprehend what your hero is saying. Your hero is saying YOU don’t need a ventilator. So don’t take one. Also don’t cash your stimulus check. It’s all a hoax. Chew some ibuprofen and be on with your day,” she added. (Ibuprofen is supposed to make Covid-19 worse)

When this crisis is over, what is the best way to heap shame on the “lamestream media” and Trump Derangement Syndrome liars?

I’m no expert, but…Heard on The Herd.

As long as I have mine!

Mark Cuban, famous owner of the Dallas Mavericks NBA team, Shark Tank judge, you know, VIG—Very Important Guy—told Fox Sports’ Colin Cowherd, on The Herd, “I’m no expert, but we need something to get excited about, we need sports….maybe, if the experts say, ‘you can have the playoffs, 20,000 people crammed into an arena, if we spray them down (with industrial strength disinfectant)’.” Did he really say that? I am paraphrasing, but it’s pretty close. He didn’t say “ industrial strength disinfectant” rather he alluded to the movie The Andromeda Strain (1971) and another unnamed movie where radioactivity was the problem, in which a crowd was sprayed down en masse before entering an arena. This speculation was to a sports talk host who earlier had talked about why the NFL is going ahead with the draft, while the NBA playoffs will either remain suspended or played in empty arenas. Before you tune me out because I am writing about sports rather than important issues, read on. Colin, though a sports talk host, is an acute observer of cultural and media trends.

But sports being perhaps the ultimate meritocracy in the world, if we consider compensation for value creation, it’s worth considering his insights. Cuban echoed Colin’s comments about which demographics get their news from which sources. Both of them believe that older people get cable and major networks news, while younger people get news from social media, like Instagram, Twitter, Tiktok, etc. Cuban implied that the traditional media have been amplifying the crisis, while social media have been playing up the things young people do, minimizing the crisis. From my own observations, that distinction is more accurate than not. If it really matters where you get your information in ordinary times, how much more in life or death extraordinary times? The connectedness and efficiency of information delivery in our modern world is very much the double edged sword. While I am social distancing in Spokane, I can communicate face to face with my daughters in Seattle via an Echo Show device, or using Zoom teleconferencing on our computers, or FaceTime on our phones. Amazing! The other side of the sword is that it’s equally easy for anyone with an agenda to disseminate a false narrative to masses of people, through retweet’s or Facebook or YouTube. How does that sword divide the NFL fan base from the NBA fan base?

The NFL fan demographic is older, more conservative and more performance-driven than the NBA fan demographic, which is younger and more influenced by Twitter, bling, personalities, social statements. The former tend to watch sports on major networks—CBS, NBC, Fox—while the latter are highlight driven, watching those on Twitter. Daryl Morey’s single tweet about the Hong Kong freedom protests cost the NBA millions, upsetting the Chinese government and driving thousands of tweetstorms. The NFL doesn’t care about Twitter, nor the appearance of social wokeness, but about what their revenue sources—those major networks—want. They want The Draft, because that’s what their demographic wants, and that’s what they will have. NBA fans can keep watching dunks and Shaktin A Fool, even on YouTube or Twitter or TikTok. I don’t think even they will go for being sprayed down en masse to watch a game live.