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As Fox News Played Down the Coronavirus, Its Chief Protected Himself

The cancellation of an 89th birthday party for Rupert Murdoch highlights a disconnect between his family’s behavior and statements made on air by some Fox commentators.

If you were watching some of the commentators on Fox News and Fox Business in the first 10 days of March, you wouldn’t have been too worried about the coronavirus — it would be no worse than the flu, and the real story was the “coronavirus impeachment scam.”

Many of the networks’ elderly, pro-Trump viewers responded to the coverage and the president’s public statements by taking the virus less seriously than, a week later, everyone else had. Public health experts have said that some of them may die as a result, as I reported this week.

But one elderly Fox News viewer, a crucial supporter of President Trump, took the threat seriously: The channel’s chairman, Rupert Murdoch, who was to celebrate his 89th birthday on March 11.

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The celebration was to be held at Moraga Vineyards, the sprawling estate in Bel Air, Calif., where the elder Murdoch has been spending most of his time with his wife, the model and actress Jerry Hall. Mr. Murdoch bought the property for $28.8 million in 2013.

The person who told me about the canceled party did so to highlight the disconnect between the family’s prudent private conduct and the reckless words spoken on air at their media company.

The canceled party is perhaps the most glaring instance of the gap I wrote about this week between the elite, globally minded family owners of Fox — who took the crisis seriously as reports emerged in January in their native Australia — and many of their nominal stars, who treated the virus as a political assault on Mr. Trump, before zigzagging, along with the president, toward a focus on the enormity of the public health risk.

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Rupert Murdoch has claimed privately in recent days that he contacted the most powerful of the Fox News hosts, Sean Hannity, to urge him to take the crisis seriously, but Mr. Hannity denied to me that he had heard from Mr. Murdoch on the topic.

more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/23/business/media/fox-news-coronavirus-rupert-murdoch.html

Movie characters that are just like Donald Trump

We should post vids of movie characters that have similar behavioral characteristics as Donald Trump.

I'll start with mega-douche Ellis from 'Die Hard'

College students in Florida test positive for coronavirus after spring break trip

TAMPA, Fl. (WFLA) — Five University of Tampa students are recovering after testing positive for COVID-19 during spring break, the school said.

The university said the students were traveling together and with other UT students during spring break before testing positive. The school didn’t say where they went during their break or if they lived on or off campus.

The school did send its well wishes.

“We sincerely wish our students, and any others who may be affected, a full and rapid recovery,” UT posted on Twitter Saturday night.

The university switched to online classes only on March 17.

https://www.wkbn.com/news/coronavirus/college-students-in-florida-test-positive-for-coronavirus-after-spring-break-trip/

Go figure...

Woman buys out Dollar Tree of paper products - Cheers Trump.

So this woman not only buys out a local Dollar Tree of every single box of paper towels, napkins, and toilet paper so that no one else can buy any, but caps it off with this:

"Donald Trump! Go Donald Trump!"

https://twitter.com/briantylercohen/status/1241485175915048961

From Robert Reich:

When you, a Biden supporter, attack Bernie, you’re helping reelect Trump.

When you, a Bernie supporter, attack Biden, you’re helping reelect Trump.

It’s fine to point out differences, but please stop the attacks.

Remember who the real danger is.

https://twitter.com/RBReich/status/1236449326399762432

Racist mass shooter Dylan Roof says he's being 'harassed and abused without cause' in prison

I'm pretty sure there's a cause.



Dylann Roof, the white supremacist who murdered nine African-American church members at a Bible study class inside a Charleston, South Carolina church in 2015, has launched a hunger strike while on federal death row. He’s claiming, in letters to the Associated Press that he’s being “targeted” by prison staff, “verbally harassed and abused without cause,” and “treated disproportionately harsh.”

In a letter dated February 13, Roof, who is now 25, claims that prison staff in the federal prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, feel it’s okay to treat him badly because “I am hated by the general public.”

One person with knowledge of the matter said Roof had been on a hunger strike but ended it earlier this week, WGN9 reports. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, the person wasn’t able to provide details as to how long Roof’s hunger strike lasted or whether a medical intervention was needed.

In his letter to the AP, Roof noted he began the hunger strike to protest the way he was treated by a Bureau of Prisons disciplinary hearings officer. Roof was apparently upset after being prohibited from using the law library to access a copy machine in order to file legal papers.

Roof added he was “several days” into the hunger strike and that his protest ended after corrections officers tried to take his blood and forcibly inserted an IV into his arm, causing him to briefly pass out, he wrote.

https://deadstate.org/racist-mass-shooter-dylan-roof-says-hes-being-harassed-and-abused-without-cause-in-prison/

Bloomberg called paid sick "a godawful law," & Living wage reminds Bloomberg of Soviet communism...

Bloomberg called paid sick "a godawful law," & Living wage reminds Bloomberg of Soviet communism; he says he'll stop it in court if he has to...

Asked about the city's "living wage" legislation during his regular Friday morning radio appearance on WOR, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said, "The last time we really had a big managed economy was the USSR."

On Wednesday night, City Council speaker Christine Quinn announced that negotiations were finally complete on a living wage bill that would require some recipients of large economic development subsidies to pay their employees at least $10 an hour.

Quinn calls it "the most impactful living-wage law in the United States," but experts say it will actually impact about 500 workers a year.

Even so, today, Bloomberg compared the legislation to communism and said he would veto the bill and if the veto is overridden, his administration will file a lawsuit.

"It's interesting if you think about it," said the mayor. "The last time we really had a big managed economy was the USSR and that didn't work out so well."

"It would be great if all jobs in the city paid a lot of money and had great benefits for the workers. Not good for the employers. But if you force that you will just drive businesses out of the city."

https://www.politico.com/states/new-york/albany/story/2012/04/living-wage-reminds-bloomberg-of-soviet-communism-he-says-hell-stop-it-in-court-if-he-has-to-003389

An 8-year-old pays off the lunch debt for his entire school by selling key chains

This is supposed to warm our hearts but no other developed nation on the planet makes kids have to do this just to eat.



An 8-year-old boy paid off the lunch debt for his entire school by selling key chains

(CNN)You may have heard of celebrities or multibillion-dollar companies donating money to cover students' lunch debt. But Keoni Ching from Vancouver, Washington, is just your normal 8-year-old who wanted to help his schoolmates.

With his handmade key chains that go for $5 each, Keoni raised $4,015 to erase the lunch debt of students from his school and six others.



https://www.cnn.com/2020/02/04/us/boy-pays-off-lunch-debt-trnd/index.html

Chief says cop "fabricated" coffee cup insult...

A Kansas police officer "fabricated" a story that a McDonald's employee wrote an expletive on his coffee cup over the weekend, Herington Police Chief Brian Hornaday said Monday. Hornaday said the officer no longer works for the department.

https://www.cbsnews.com/video/officer-fabricated-story-about-being-served-mcdonalds-coffee-with-fing-pig-written-on-cup-police-chief-says/

Do you think the media is trying to ensure Trump's reelection?

Face the Nation conducted a softball interview with Ivanka Trump today - a few days after lamenting about not hosting obvious liars and trying to do better.

Personally, I think the media (NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, MSNBC) absolutely LOVES all the horrible things Trump is doing, they love the wedge he has driven between citizens, they love the hatred and cruelty he's helped unleash, etc... all because of ratings/optics/pizzazz.

So I ask, do you think the media is making a concerted effort to try and help Trump win in 2020?
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