Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

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With something as dangerous as COVID-19 running around out there, accurate information is vital. And apparently some sections of the media, including the Mirror Universe version of Fox News known as MSNBC, have decided not to air the daily press conferences President Donald Trump has with his COVID-19 task force because of what these media sources feel are “lies and misinformation.”

It’s easy to pick out how the Left defines a lie (anything factual they can’t spin in their favor), but the term “misinformation” is an interesting one. Or at least it interests me, so I’m going to write about it. And hopefully you’ll want to read further.

misinformation

What the Left thinks it means – dishonest or misleading information presented as fact by the Right

What it really means – information the Left can’t get ahead of and refute

The Left loves to control what is being said and how it’s said because words have power to shape opinions. Just read how “fact checkers” like Snopes and Politifact twist themselves into more knots than a pretzel factory caught in a tornado to make Leftists seem honest when they’re lying. But if you pay close enough attention, you can see when they play semantic games and not get sucked into whatever the Left wants you to think today.

With the latest allegations of “misinformation,” the Left wants you to believe President Trump and his task force aren’t telling you the truth about COVID-19. To be fair, President Trump has given the Left plenty of ammunition to lay their foundation, even as COVID-19 hits America harder than a male porn star with a Viagra addiction. Some of this can be chalked up to wanting to bring hope to the country, which isn’t a bad thing. Some of it can also be chalked up to not understanding the science well enough to phrase responses better. Then again, the press hasn’t been doing itself any favors by asking loaded questions like, “How many people need to die?” At the risk of using whataboutism, these same hard-nosed stenographers for the Left asked the previous President serious questions like, “Do you recognize how great you are?”

Monica didn’t suck Bill as hard as the press did President Barack Obama.

With the Trump Presidency, the media find themselves in the oddest of positions: advocating for self-censorship to avoid giving the President any attention, positive or otherwise. They claim it’s to avoid misinformation and to give their reporters time to fact check, but it’s not. You see, the Left has no problem with misinformation. They practice it daily (watch CNN and MSNBC for evidence…but only in very small doses). What they object to is not being able to take an event and deliver their own brand of misinformation to shape the narrative. Why else would they decide to “fact check” the COVID-19 press conferences instead of covering them live?

Not that it helps them. Even when they “fact check,” the Left gets information wrong. Remember when they claimed the President lied about Google developing a website to help with COVID-19? In a matter of hours after the Left jumped on this claiming it was misinformation, Google came out and confirmed what the President said. And, surprise surprise, the Left still hasn’t admitted they were wrong and engaged in…what is that word…oh, yeah, misinformation!

It’s not hard to understand why they’re doing it. The Left realizes they don’t have many choices when it comes to candidates who can beat Donald Trump. Between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, the Left’s outlook on winning the White House this year looks darker than George Hamilton after a tanning session. Since they can’t seem to get better candidates, the Left goes to their Plan B: tearing down the President however they can. That’s where the accusations of misinformation come into play. By creating a seed of doubt in potential voters’ minds, the Left makes Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders look better by comparison.

Or so they think.

Recent polling data show respondents don’t appreciate the media’s attempts to be the DNC’s PR department, mostly because they’ve been caught so many times recently fabricating stories out of deliberate misquotes. And as we all know, that’s not the media’s job. That’s Media Matters’ job! (Although I’m pretty sure David Brock doesn’t mind the help. Gives him more time to score some blow.)

While most of the misinformation can be traced back to the Left, the Right isn’t off the hook here. Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and others in the conservative media have downplayed the severity of COVID-19 and pushed unfounded opinions as fact. We cannot ignore that, especially when partial or erroneous information can lead to people taking drastic action (or inaction) with damaging consequences. And with the Left looking for any excuse to blame President Trump for COVID-19 deaths, the Right cannot afford to give them any lifelines.

Between the Left’s fatalism and the Right’s optimism, there is the truth. Aside from insane runs on toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and paper towels, I think we’ve handled the COVID-19 outbreak better than expected, but with plenty of room for improvement. But the Left cannot let us see that. They need us to be afraid and looking for the government to protect us. Of course, these are some of the same bozos who can’t even build a decent website to promote Obamacare, so we can take their fearmongering with a grain of salt. And by a grain, I mean the collective salt composition of the Great Salt Lake.

However, we should listen to the Left on one point. Listen to the doctors, especially the ones the Left don’t want you to hear from because it ruins the narrative. And judging from all the posts I’ve seen from conservatives and Republicans on Facebook and Twitter, the doctors tend to agree with President Trump more than the Left. Kinda hard to present yourself as the “Party of Science” when you deny it at the drop of a tinfoil hat.

To avoid being the victim of misinformation, seek out multiple sources and question everything until you’re confident who you can trust. (Spoiler Alert: any media outlet that is more transparent with their biases than Claude Raines walking Harvey the Rabbit isn’t trustworthy.) And don’t limit your sources of information to one or two sources. Look for information from an opposing viewpoint and see what he or she has to say. At worst, you’ll eliminate bad info (i.e. anything published by Vox), and at best you’ll get information you might not normally have gotten.

And the life you save might be your own.

COVID-19

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It has already been asked. But it is worth asking again and again. Is the cure worse than the disease when it comes to COVID-19. The world’s economy is on the verge of standing still. Locally everything is shutting down.

We have lost sporting events that some communities rely on for their livelihood. Most of their income comes from these events. People are being laid off, fired, or having their hours reduced. Celebrations of all kinds are being cancelled.

Even the Church has closed it’s doors. This didn’t happen even during the Black Death. But this will cause some small churches that need parishioners in order to pay the mortgage to close permanently.

Many events can happen with teleconferencing (audio or visual too). Some can happen via email or other electronic means thanks to modern technology. We can can Facetime our friends we want to see but cannot meet personally due to social distancing.

Schools are closed and all the children are home. Now being taught by their parents. Those who home school already wont have any issues with this facet of the cure. However, those who never thought they would be home with their children have to adapt. Personally, I think it’s a great thing to get all the children out of public schools but that is something for another post.

Life has been turned upside down by COVID-19. The cause of the virus is subject to a multitude of reasons. Mostly false at that. And there are large numbers of conspiracy theories surrounding it as well. The virus isn’t man made in a laboratory. Nor is it the after affects of 5G mobile wireless technology.

The economic impact of this virus is staggering. It could cause another world wide collapse and depression. It would take a few years to recover from it if that happens. Our Liberties are being threatened as well by this virus as governments local and national restrict the inalienable rights of the people.

So how dangerous is this virus? You determine that for yourself. Look at the numbers. We are no were near the last major pandemic of N1H1 in cases of infections or deaths on the global scale. Local numbers may very from this of course. The problem with COVID-19 is there is no vaccine available at this time. There are trials and tests being ran around the world. But that’s what makes this one “scary”.

I think the overall reaction is extreme. Yes by all means practice good hygenie. But we should already be doing that anyway. Don’t sneeze and cough on one another. These are all no brainers really. If you are in public place sneeze/cough into your elbow. Again these are basics people. These practices will lower your changes of getting the cold or flu as well.

I also don’t like going to the ER or Urgent Care. There are too many sick people there and I don’t like the idea of going and catching something there. I like the video doctor idea far better. Talk to someone and determine if you need to take the risk of being seen. I might just do that always from now onward.

This virus wasn’t created as a weapon. But it’s been turned into one. And those that did so should be held liable and accountable.

Leftist Lexicon Word of the Week

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The big news of the past couple of weeks has been the corona virus, mostly because the Left and the media (but I repeat myself) keep talking about it. While a lot of heat surrounds President Donald Trump because of the way the Left has framed his actions and his use of the term “Chinese flu” to describe the corona virus, there is another player who needs to feel the heat a lot more than the President.

I’m speaking of China, the little country that could…be responsible for the corona virus. Of course, the Left doesn’t want you to remember that because…Orange Man Bad, I guess. But we shouldn’t take our eyes off China because they hold a lot of cards.

China

What the Left thinks it means – a country that is being unfairly maligned for the corona virus and is being used by President Trump to stoke racism and xenophobia

What it really means – a country that has a long history of shadiness

It wasn’t that long ago the media were using “Chinese flu” or “Wuhan flu” to describe the corona virus. I’m talking, say, two or three weeks ago. Now, they’re saying using “Chinese flu” is racist. (Of course, they’re not because they’re the good guys! Just ask them!) Oddly enough, it was also around this time, say two or three weeks ago, that China started saying how racist the term was.

And just like that, the Left became the official American mouthpieces of the Chinese government. Given their proclivity to hate America and especially Trump’s America, I’m guessing it didn’t take thirty pieces of silver to get them to jump.

Of course, this overlooks a tiny little detail: the first cases of the corona virus came from Wuhan, China. Whether it came from a lab or from bats is still being hotly debated, but we won’t delve into that because 1) it distracts from the main subject of this edition of the Lexicon, 2) I don’t know what to believe, so I’m staying silent, and 3) it reminds me too much of Champ Kind’s restaurant from “Anchorman 2.” Chicken of the cave, indeed!

In recent years, China built a reputation as a global economic superpower, due in no small part to having Hong Kong as well as a place for cheap products and even cheaper labor. Also, they were starting to ramp up their industrialization and using more coal and oil than they had in previous years. Now, who could be helping them with that? Could it be…Russia?

Yep.

Over the past century or so, China and Russia have been mortal enemies and convenient allies, but lately they’ve been the latter more than the former. And they both have a burning desire to see America go the way of Betamax. Having Russia and China being chummy is a bad sign, as anyone who remembers the former Soviet Union and communist China can tell you.

What is also troubling about China is the fact they own a significant portion of our national debt. All it takes for them to send us into an economic F5 that would make the 2008 mortgage crisis look like forgetting a can with a nickel deposit when you go to the recycling center. To put it more crudely, they have America by the short hairs.

Then, the corona virus happened. Not only has it caused medical and economic distress, it has exposed China as a bad faith player in global affairs. They hid the outbreak, told the world everything was under control, and downplayed the severity. Of course, they have a vested interest in lying to us because they don’t like us very much and feel no responsibility to look out for anyone but themselves.

And now, they’re blaming America for their screw-ups and the “racist” language of using “Chinese flu” or “Wuhan flu” to describe the corona virus. Nothing like a little scapegoating and virtue signalling between enemies, right? But the more information that comes out about the corona virus, the more it seems China is neck deep in the quicksand.

As I’ve said with Russia, I’ll say with China: they cannot be trusted and should treated with the Ronald Reagan “Trust but verify” approach. Given how China has bungled or mislead its way through the corona virus situation, we cannot afford to give them the benefit of the doubt.

Of course, the Left will point to Donald Trump and say we can’t trust him because he’s lied about the corona virus. This is a diversion from the actual issue and provides cover for China while at the same time advancing an ideological end. And, for now, it seems to be striking a cord with Americans. Depending on what poll you read and/or believe, up to 60% of Americans don’t think the President has done a good job handling the corona virus. The Left hopes this will make the President easier to beat in November.

The problem is, like the corona virus, this too will pass and we will have to deal with the reality of the situation. China is still a major player in this situation, and no amount of blaming Donald Trump will change that. The sooner we can find a way to get out from under China’s thumb, the better.

Considering they’re the ones making our vaccines, that will be easier said than done. Neither the Left nor the Right have a good enough handle on China to take the steps to that end. As we’ve seen, the Left wants to be propaganda partners, while the Right wants to be business partners. In order for us to make any progress, we need leadership who understands China is as trustworthy as a Bill Clinton wedding vow. I’m not convinced President Trump quite gets it yet, but I get the feeling he’s starting to get it.

In the meantime, we should keep an eye on China and how often they lie to us in the name of national self-preservation, but we should also temper our reaction to them lying. The corona virus is no excuse for attacking people who appear to be Chinese. It’s also not an excuse to stock up on toilet paper, but here we are. And we need to focus our criticism on the Chinese government, not the people themselves. The citizens are just as much victims in this situation as we are.

But we should still mock the media and the Left for swallowing China’s lies so easily. These are the same people who call Trump supporters dumb, so any backlash they get for being taken in by China is something they’ve earned. And far be it from me to deny them the ridicule they’ve so richly deserved!