In the now locked thread about the season being suspended there was an item of Fake News disseminated in this post by my friend Scoot McGroot. I feel a need to correct the record.
This may get me in some hot water but here's the quote.
Scoot McGroot wrote:
I wouldn’t say the media is responsible for hyping it up in a panic. The lack of any proper governmental response has probably done that. Simple basic steps taken weeks ago by a pandemic team (of which our government fired them years ago) would have made this as minor as the recent Ebola outbreak or H1N1.
In this Washington Post story Tim Morrison debunks this false accusation that has been spreading. I would like to see my good friend Scoot admit that he was duped by the Fake News of CNN and MSNBC.
Sigh. As always happens, people rise up to try and defend him, and then Trump himself ends up admitting it a day later, or is documented having admitted it in 2018. Video of him specifically saying he fired them:https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/coronavirus-video-trump-pandemic-team-cut-2018-a9405191.html
And how about the people that were actually on the team?https://www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/nsc-pandemic-office-trump-closed/2020/03/13/a70de09c-6491-11ea-acca-80c22bbee96f_story.html
When President Trump took office in 2017, the White House’s National Security Council Directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense survived the transition intact. Its mission was the same as when I was asked to lead the office, established after the Ebola epidemic of 2014: to do everything possible within the vast powers and resources of the U.S. government to prepare for the next disease outbreak and prevent it from becoming an epidemic or pandemic.
One year later, I was mystified when the White House dissolved the office, leaving the country less prepared for pandemics like covid-19.
The top White House official responsible for leading the U.S. response in the event of a deadly pandemic has left the administration, and the global health security team he oversaw has been disbanded under a reorganization by national security adviser John Bolton.
The abrupt departure of Rear Adm. Timothy Ziemer from the National Security Council means no senior administration official is now focused solely on global health security. Ziemer’s departure, along with the breakup of his team, comes at a time when many experts say the country is already underprepared for the increasing risks of a pandemic or bioterrorism attack.
Ziemer’s last day was Tuesday, the same day a new Ebola outbreak was declared in Congo. He is not being replaced.
But listen, go ahead. Live your life. EVERYONE IS MAKING IT UP. In fact, it's so made up that Trump now claims to be the first to know it's a pandemic, and that he knew the entire time (spoiler, he didn't and spoke for months that it was fake). But sure, label some of the news sources that are actually reporting, actually questions, and investigating fake media. I assume you only get your news from "state media", aka Fox News?