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Denzel Washington has a message for The Atlantic

It appears that the editor-in-chief of The Atlantic, Jeffery Goldberg, has admitted the story about Trump calling fallen soldiers “suckers and losers” could well be false.

Recall that The Atlantic column started off with a claim that Trump did not want to visit the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery near Paris in 2018, because “his hair would become disheveled in the rain” and that “he did not believe it important to honor American war dead.

When Goldberg was presented with an excerpt from John Bolton’s book which details how the weather was the cause for cancellation of the visit to the cemetery, not a decision over his hair, Goldberg conceded, “I’m sure all of those things are true.”

True to form, he still backed his article and the anonymous sources. Deny, deny, deflect.

Who to believe? Recall The Atlantic’s Trump Derangement Syndrome is so acute one journalist has called to end the Nobel peace prize now that Trump is in the running.

Journalistic integrity will only return when media outlets love America more than they hate Trump.

The Atlantic melts down

Just as Trump looks to sign off two peace deals inside 30 days with UAE, Bahrain and their former foe, Israel, The Atlantic published an article suggesting that the prize should be done away with.

Just how bad does media derangement have to be to suggest such a thing? This is the same paper that wants you to believe that Trump called dead soldiers “suckers” and “losers”.

If The Atlantic wishes to push the idea it is a bastion of ethical and balanced journalism, we don’t think this is the best way to do it.

The journalist, Graeme Wood, wrote,

Giving the peace prize to no one at all is a tradition the Nobel Committee should revive, perhaps on a permanent basis…Trump’s main diplomatic maneuver is to adopt a lickspittle posture toward authoritarians, promising them decades in power in return for a smile and a condo development. Peace does not mean a web of personal agreements between rich psychopaths…To keep giving awards for the seeds is to court embarrassment, and to make yourself hostage to wacky attention-seeking nominations like Trump’s. Better to shut it down, before the trolls do first.”

How crushing for the left to swallow that the devil incarnate they swore would push the nuclear button is actually a pretty effective peacenik. The Nobel would be gasoline on their bonfire.

Disney inks new deal in woke fantasy

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Seems Disney has caught the social justice bug. It has inked a deal with perpetual victim Colin Kaepernick, a man whose only claims to fame were kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality and sacrificing the backup slot as a quarterback on the San Francisco 49ers NFL team.

After slamming America in a July 4th tweet about rejecting the “celebration of white supremacy” (a day he openly cheered under Obama), the very next tweet he celebrated the very open capitalist society that helped him attain a deal with a company run by an evil white man at the root of his oppression.

If Kaepernick had principles he would have rejected the deal for letting Disney use his cause for a pittance to promote its own corporate social responsibility goals to publish in the next annual report to appease woke investment firms which are in no place to lecture anyone on ethics or morals.

Kaep’s deal will extend across all Disney platforms, including Walt Disney Television, ESPN, Hulu, Pixar and The Undefeated. ESPN noted that the “partnership will focus on telling scripted and unscripted stories that explore race, social injustice and the quest for equity.”

We look forward to the next Pixar film about Kaepernick where it can teach kids about participation trophies and how feelings matter more than facts.

Disney Executive Chairman Bob Iger made a typically woke PR drafted response,

During this unprecedented time, The Walt Disney Company remains committed to creating diverse and inclusive content that resonates and matters…Colin’s experience gives him a unique perspective on the intersection of sports, culture and race, which will undoubtedly create compelling stories that will educate, enlighten and entertain, and we look forward to working with him on this important collaboration.”

Kaep said, “I look forward to sharing the docuseries on my life story, in addition to many other culturally impactful projects we are developing.

Kaeprnick’s production company Ra Vision Media has hired Jemele Hill, a contributor to the left-wing The Atlantic newspaper, as a producer. She had no qualms besmirching all NASCAR fans as racists over the Bubba Wallace noose hoax. So we can be assured of the balance that will permeate across Kaep’s docuseries.

To cap off the joke, perpetual virtue signaller Alyssa Milano congratulated Kaepernick’s new contract on Twitter. Yes, the same Alyssa Milano that chastised the use of the name Washington Redskins when she had no qualms using her face to sell the team’s fashion line.

Good to see that if one screams victimhood loud and long enough, corporate America will join the scam to mint a dollar off the back of it and the supposed victims will have no qualms parking rage over white supremacy if they can make a decent buck themselves.

 

The Atlantic ramps up the COVID19 hysteria to 11

You have to hand it to the sensationalist mainstream media. The Atlantic, as we wrote yesterday, makes Pravda look like Volkischer Beobachter. Its latest tome suggests that Georgia wants to stick another bolt in the neck of the already freakish Frankensteinomics experiment to date.

If The Atlantic had its way, COVID19 would have to be eradicated in its entirety before a whisper could be uttered about reopening the economy.

Opening the economy carries risk. However there comes a time where properly assessed risk is tolerable. There comes a point where waiting has exponential negative consequences. Crossing when to do it is an awesome responsibility!

The data for Georgia is mild relative to the country in terms of infections and around 1/3rd the national average for deaths/state population as a result of COVID19. This completely contradicts the narrative of The Atlantic which wrote,

Georgia has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic.”

It went on with , “on Friday, gyms, churches, hair and nail salons, and tattoo parlors were allowed to reopen, if the owners were willing.”

We know that this has been perfectly feasible in South Dakota. Thrusting personal responsibility on individuals and business. So if it is “voluntary“, what is The Atlantic’s point? Has South Dakota reeled into oblivion? It wouldn’t appear so.

We think there is something in giving people the freedom to act on credible information, not endless fear mongering. Furthermore, if these businesses had credible demand from customers, they could easily adopt social distancing measures and strict reservation protocols for the benefit of everyone.

The article pointed to some bar owners who were worried that the maths wouldn’t work even if they reopened for fear of a lack of customers, forcing them to close.

Why not innovate? Set age restrictions on entry. Encourage social distancing between tables. Have hand sanitizer on the bar. Did The Atlantic pick a pub that was already on its knees before the pandemic to interview? We wouldn’t be surprised.

If Australia reopened its pubs the rent would likely be paid in full for the next 12 months on the first day.

We think too many are underestimating human nature. When Californians are taking to the streets you can be sure that progressivism has its limits too. Most of us have the message to practice good behaviours until the all clear is given.

Be thankful The Atlantic isn’t running any government. To write sensationalist headlines that seek to suggest the governor has a death wish is plain irresponsible.

Why are 28,000 US COVID19 deaths overreported?

We are curious as to why the US Government’s official Centre for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) records only 37,308 COVID19 deaths as of April 25th-end when Johns Hopkins University (JHU) reports over 65,000…that is a c.75% difference.

CDC explained its methodology as follows,

The provisional counts for coronavirus disease (COVID-19) deaths are based on a current flow of mortality data in the National Vital Statistics System (NVSS). National provisional counts include deaths occurring within the 50 states and the District of Columbia that have been received and coded as of the date specified. It is important to note that it can take several weeks for death records to be submitted to National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS), processed, coded, and tabulated.

In short, the data recorded is that of the official cause of death plugged into the national database.

JHU reports its data gathering as follows:

Johns Hopkins experts are aggregating data from multiple credible sources to track the spread of COVID-19…

…The tracking map’s data powers a number of external research and visualization efforts by prominent media organizations such as CNN, The New York Times, The Guardian, and the Associated Press [all media organizations with an axe to grind]. But its data is also used by smaller organizations, such as Blauer’s data team at the Centers for Civic Impact (CCI).”

Interestingly, the CCI, which was newly instituted at JHU, tried to explain the discrepancy.

Obtaining accurate and timely data about the spread of the virus has become an unexpected challenge in the United States. While the federal government has traditionally been the most authoritative source for national public health data, this has proved not to be the case with the coronavirus pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the nation’s official source for public health surveillance data, has not kept its site updated with information available through state and local health departments. 

Even if we accept that the official CDC data is delayed by up to two weeks, we are surprised the figures are out by a factor of 28,000 deaths or almost 75%. Will the data JHU gleans from state and local health departments differ to those eventually supplied to the NCHS for publishing by the CDC?

Perhaps we should be a little suspicious of CCI’s noble quest for data when it published a piece which expressed the following statement:

Aggregating information from dozens of sources is challenging and time-consuming, so volunteer projects have stepped in to fill the gap. One major backbone of this effort has been the COVID Tracking Project. Started by two journalists from The Atlantic and a data scientist from Related Sciences, the COVID Tracking Project scrapes data directly from state public health websites so that its numbers are constantly current.”

Volunteers? Journalists from The Atlantic, an unhinged left-leaning newspaper which makes Pravda look like the Volkischer Beobachter? Why is a reputable university relying on such sources? Who validates and peer reviews that data to ensure accuracy? Are the volunteers activists? All valid questions.

To be honest, as a data driven group, FNF Media does not see data collection across 50 states as that time consuming. Much of it is in CSV format making it easy to download.

At the conclusion of the pandemic the numbers should show little variance. We watch with interest to see the final audit. Perhaps we can start with JHU’s current 65,000 number and wait another 2 weeks for CDC to publish the official figures and see just how (in)accurate the numbers are.

No wonder the media has a field day on the data which paints a scarier picture. They might source JHU but not disclose the volunteers that compile it.

It’s just hard to reconcile how a university which has $6 billion in annual revenues can’t divert resources to conduct the research in house?!