This morning I burned the toast.
Then I spilled coffee on the cat.
Then I blamed it on "Washington dysfunction".
Now I am a regular guest on Meet the Press.
Also another case of Ebola was discovered in Texas, prompting an immediate and total ban on travel to and from the Lone Star state.
Kidding! We only yap about banning travel to and from places as recommended by the John Bolton foreign policy think tank wizards at Fox News.
However it is worth noting that when we they are forced to in the face of a genuine public health crisis, a show like Meet the Press will go to an expert to talk about facts and whose advice is basically to use common sense, follow the protocols, take the threat seriously but (subtextually) ignore the hysterical lunatics who are trying to make political hay out of the misery and death of others:
DR. ANTHONY FAUCI:Well, the protocols are there. I think we need to reemphasize the importance. One of the things that people don't fully appreciate, it's important about how you put them on and then how you take them off.CHUCK TODD:This is the actual--DR. ANTHONY FAUCI:The actual PPEs, the Personal Protective Equipment. When there have been breaches, it's not infrequently, and they have been very, very rare, what it happens, is that someone is in a PPE, they're fatigued, they've been working for a long time, and when they take it off, they do something inadvertent, like brushing their face or something like that. I don't know how it happened. The CDC's investigating it, but that's very likely what happened. An inadvertent breach.CHUCK TODD:Look, a lot of Americans are going to watch this, they've been telling, we, all of us in the media, you guys in the medical community have been telling them, "This is not something, you don't have to fear an Ebola patient. It's not going to spread in the community." And now people are going to wake up and see, and some of it may feel irrational, but how do you calm the--(OVERTALK)DR. ANTHONY FAUCI:Yeah, but Chuck, I think the important thing to do is to emphasize the difference between the confidence that there won't be an outbreak, which is fundamentally prevented by putting the patient in isolation and doing contact tracing to kind of get an umbrella around them, versus the unfortunate inadvertent breach of a protocol that would get a health care. We're still quite confident because of our ability to reach out, do the contact tracing, and isolate people who are infected, that we won't have a public outbreak. That's a different thing than an individual healthcare worker unfortunately getting infected.
But when it comes to a genuine crisis in civil society governance, the Mouse Circus does exactly the opposite: it collectively kicks facts to the curb and turns the spotlight over to a gang of hysterical lunatics and a gang of Both Siderist knob-polishers who would happily fault the Ebloa virus and the CDC equally if only someone would pay them to do it,
For example, here former respectable news reader Tom Brokaw brings us our daily View From Nowhere report on who exactly these reckless panic peddlers in our midst are with all the detail and fidelity to fact that we have come to expect from our Villager media (emphasis added):
TOM BROKAW:There’s a great awareness now in this country because there’s a lot of information, a lot of panic that is being stoked by a concentration of a portion of the mass media about cases that really don’t amount to much...
A little later on, and we're playing the same game: spreading the blame to everyone to avoid blaming anyone:
CHUCK TODD:Jesus Hūsker Dū Christ, they really do put such enormous care and effort (Candyman!) into never mentioning (Candyman!) Fox News or Hate radio (Candyman!) by name don't they?
You know, Tom, one of the reasons why I think politicians have felt so comfortable playing the sphere card is the media's gone right in.
They have. I mean, and--
CHUCK TODD: We say "they." You know, we can't be too dispassionate.
Well since I have never tried to address a letter of complain to "the media" or "a concentration of a portion of the mass media", perhaps ol' Tom could clue me in as to it's street address, city, state and zip code.
Meanwhile, take a wild guess what noted Wasilla Hillbilly Grifter Promoter and Czar Hater
Senator John McCain (R-Deadinside) --
Obama has more czars than the Romanovs - who ruled Russia for 3 centuries. Romanovs 18, cyberczar makes 20.
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) May 30, 2009
-- thinks the President of the United States should do about Ebola? (h/t Heather at Crooks and Liars):
McCain Calls For 'Ebola Czar'
Which is just too fucking perfect.
And, finally, the wine-soaked gym sock that Rupert Murdoch uses to doodle columns in the Wall Street Journal
thinks that Leon Panetta's book about all the ways in which he was terribly disappointed by Barack Obama is too partisan...in that Panetta is too hard on the likes of Newt Gingrich and her demon-lover from beyond the grave, Ronald Wilson Reagan:
Remember, voting against the politics and policies of these people is the best possible revenge.