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The Fourth Estate, effaced with egg, had to make an unceremoniously and unseemly admittance this week. Who didn’t see that coming? The Centers For Disease Control are issuing orders on the latest contagion – what a gas. And frankly, it appeared that one major news network grew tired of the Jan. 6 hearing and switched to the most titillating of all replacement television: golf.
Yes, Virginia, There is Fake News
There is not one heartlander or American patriot who can invoke the name of any activist media outlet with any measure of confidence whatsoever. Those “fake news” chants of the Trump years again rang through the ether as USA Today had to admit to one of their best and brightest reporters fabricating and misquoting sources on – so far – 23 published news stories. Breaking news reporter and journalist Gabriela Miranda was the subject of an external correction request that had hairs on the neck of the editorial staff standing straight up. An internal audit followed and, lo and behold, the news organization came clean on Miranda’s fictional reports.
How embarrassing. The stories removed from the site included her very special coverage of Texas’s six-week abortion ban, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and an “anti-vaxxer” coronavirus treatment. A trifecta of subjects to sway opinions. Miranda resigned, and USA Today said, “Mea Culpa” in so many words – and flyover folks had a field day at their expense.
Margaret Schulze Hildenbrand in St Charles, IL, wondered “When will the media be held responsible for their fake news?” Maybe today, Margaret. But conservative Dan Glander also had a say, “a ‘reporter’ lied? Created something from nothing? Pushed a narrative instead of factual reporting? NO WAY! this has to be Russian disinformation!”
Monkey See? Now Do Not Do
The Center For Disease Control is showing signs of withdrawal from the gaze of fearful, desperate people who needed science to tell them to wash their hands. Actresses turned Twitter activists, former presidential candidates who failed to garner the electorate’s love – well, they miss that high. But that CDC is back and trying to scare folks with the latest concern: Monkey Pox. So there must be something to it as President Joe Biden donned his serious (or confused) face and made a public service announcement of sorts: “everybody should worry about Monkeypox.”
The CDC jumped at the chance to warn the nation and be considered relevant once again, with both a notice and a handy visual diagram for those clueless folks. The announcement, Social Gatherings, Safer Sex, and Monkeypox, included: “The virus may also spread through direct contact with body fluids or sores on an infected person or with materials that have touched body fluids or sores, such as clothing or linens.”
It describes how it is spread through contact and respiratory secretions. “Monkeypox can spread during intimate contact between people, including during sex, as well as activities like kissing, cuddling, or touching parts of the body with monkeypox sores.” Oh, here’s the best advice yet, after washing your hands: “having sex with your clothes on or covering areas where rash or sores are present.” One heartlander just said “no” and rationalized that she hadn’t had fully clothed sexual relations since she was in high school.
Louisiana’s Laura King couldn’t believe just what she was reading and blurted, “Stop the earth! I want off now. This is insane.” Of course, there were those on hand to yuk it up a tad, Like South St Paul’s Cheryl Bennet, “I have never been at a loss for words until now! The threat is real, folks! Oh, not Monkeypox, the midterms!”
Shannon Henderson Carter in Alabama could not help herself and offered: “This may just be my opinion, but if you have to check the CDC’s recommendations before sex, you’re doing something wrong.” And one brave conservative in the land of loud liberals, Jennifer Watkins Tyler in Boulder, CO, replied, “Me thinks the CDC skipped the day when they covered STDs and how to avoid them.”
More Exciting Than Televised Show Trials?
It happened during the third Jan. 6 hearing. Right in the middle of former federal Judge Michael Luttig’s halting and sloth-like testimony: Lester Holt announced they were switching to the exciting world of…golf. Patriot Chrissy Chan pointed out what so many of us were thinking. “I thought nothing could be more boring to watch than golf. I was wrong.” And Hunter Sherwood spoke from Kentucky and reminded us, “We were promised a media circus! And so far, all it’s been is clowns.”