Were We Lied To About COVID?

That’s going to depend on who you want to believe. If you’re the type of person that believes that the World Health Organization, and the CDC, and Anthony Fauci are all upstanding global citizens that are looking out for the best in us, you’re probably going to reach the consensus that no…we weren’t lied to. They may not have had all of the facts from the start, but they were telling the truth the best they knew it.

However…

If you’re going to turn toward the American Media (yes…the Mainstream Media), and listen to what the Republican-led report on the Wuhan lab had to say about it, you’re going to wonder whether this was some world-wide conspiracy.

It would appear that yes, the virus appears to have come from that lab in Wuhan, as was suspected well over a year ago. And according to the Wall Street Journal, it appears that the first people infected were indeed those that worked at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. That was in November of 2019. Now the media is all piling on board saying that’s when it all started. Of course, the State Department, under Donald Trump said that in January of 2020! Back then, no one wanted to listen to them. In fact, when asked about it, Tony Fauci said that he never even heard of the State Department report. And he was the head guy on COVID in this country! It makes you wonder what was going on.

Just like the whole Russian collusion hoax, it appears that the story of how this world-wide pandemic got started was not in some wet market where hungry people gorged themselves on bat meat. It was started in a viral lab, by people working on the virus itself. They became infected with it, and spread it to others in Wuhan, and the others in China, and then all over the world. So, in effect, the Chinese government, if true, would be the culprits for starting the worst pandemic the world has seen since the end of World War I.

But what gets me is that Fauci said in May of last year that there was no way that COVID was engineered in a laboratory. That was utter nonsense. He claims now that the first he heard of it being manufactured in the lab in Wuhan was when he read it in the Wall Street Journal this past week. Huh? You mean to tell me that the guy that supposedly had more information on this disease than anyone else in the country, was totally in the dark that it could have, and probably did come from the Wuhan Institute of Virology? Am I the only one that finds that to be a little bit out of line?

This whole thing raises a lot of questions regarding Anthony Fauci’s credibility moving forward. I really don’t know how to take the guy. First he says that we should wear masks…then we shouldn’t wear masks…then we need to wear masks…then he’s seen at a ball game without a mask on! He’s waffled more on Coronavirus that Joe Biden on whether or not he uses a teleprompter during press conferences!

The sad part here is that we will eventually find out. If it’s true that China was responsible for the virus escaping a lab, even if it wasn’t meant to be “weaponized”, we need to do something to hold China responsible. After all, just about 600,000 people have now died in this country alone because of COVID. That’s a little less (not much) than the total number of dead in the Civil War in this country! The real question is, if this is true, what will Biden do to hold China accountable? My guess? Bupkis.

Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

Apparently It’s Having An Effect

I’m not one that believes that I have this magnetic effect on people. I know everyone has their own viewpoint, and I’m fine with that. What I think is interesting however was an op-ed piece that appeared in the Wall Street Journal on Thursday. In it, this woman who voted for Donald Trump sent a note to the WSJ saying that she had stopped watching the daily briefings from the White House. The reason?

It was more about Donald Trump’s feuds, and less about information about the Coronavirus.

In other words, the exact same thing I’ve been saying all along. Donald Trump isn’t necessarily giving the country a breakdown about where we are in this crisis. He’s gladhanding, thanking people that have been agreeing with him, and doing his bidding, and scorning the people that have been asking gotcha questions, disagreeing with him, and upset with the pace of the eradication of the COVID-19 virus.

Look, I get it that we as a country really don’t have a lot of patience. I know we are all ADDHD riddled, and want things to happen in a day or less. We can thank the 24-hour news cycle, fast food restaurants, and a “give it to me now” lifestyle for all of that. And when things do take time, we start getting very antsy. Now is one of those times. The Coronavirus isn’t going away any time soon. In fact, if you take a really close look at the “Sick Map”, you’ll see that we are only starting to flatten out the curve a little bit. We’re still going up!

All of this, and the liberal media is already trying to buck the system and stop covering the daily briefings. Why? Because a) they are too long; b) Trump speaks for half of it, and plays cheerleader, and then slaps down any that disagree with him (not say that’s not called for in some instances); and c) very little new information gets through to us.

My wife says that she likes watching it because she does pick up a nugget or two of information every day. That’s all that’s there. A nugget. It doesn’t take 90 minutes to give you a nugget, it takes at most 10 minutes. And if the news channels were smart, they’d have their reporters cover the nugget in 2 minutes. Use a 30-second snippet of Dr. Fauci and be done with it.

The WSJ is right in that these briefings have morphed into something totally different than what they started out being. Why do we need to listen to a politician expound on the number of face masks the government is sending to New York City or to Detroit? Put it online, and anyone interested can look it up. If you’re going to have a daily briefing, let’s hear from Fauci or Birx, and get on with life. You know as well as I do that they could cover this in a tenth the time, give us the necessary information and we can all get through the day.

At some point, the president’s job approval numbers are going to start heading south because of his briefings. If you look at the latest IPSOS poll, they’re already heading that way (it’s down to 40%), but I think it’s because they used over 52% Democrats in their survey universe…48% Republicans and Independents, and the Independent margin of error was well over 13%! That’s not a poll…that’s a liberal wish list!

Donald Trump would be wise to heed the Wall Street Journal’s editorial and back away from the briefings. It’s not going to do him any good to continue to draw the fire and the ire of the press daily. As America gets antsier and antsier about getting “back to normal”, they are eventually going to turn on Trump as the reason why we are still sitting in our houses!

Carry on world…you’re dismissed! And stay safe!