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They knew.
Author: Raine    Date: 09/10/2020 13:04:09

There is a lot of handwringing this morning after yesterday's big news from Bob Woodward. This is one example. I really like Charlie Peirce and one of the reasons is that I can disagree with him and still respect him. This is one of those times.
For reasons of their own—venal, selfish, inexcusable reasons, all of them—both Donald Trump and Bob Woodward shirked the duties of their respective occupations and, eventually, hundreds of thousands of Americans may be dead in part because they did. The shame of this should be everlasting. Bob Woodward’s nonfeasance in the face of this disaster should stand with Walter Duranty’s covering for Stalin in the matter of the Ukrainian famine as eternal embarrassments to journalism and to simple humanity. Nobody, as the bumper stickers used to say, ever died at Watergate.
He's not completely off-base and I understand where he's coming from. That said, let's stop pretending that Woodward would have saved us from this pandemic if he spoke up sooner. This is not Woodward's fault.

The Press knew that the occupant of the White House was lying every step of the way about how dangerous this virus is. Maggie Haberman for example has had carte blanche in the White House.

The Occupant's staff knew.
For weeks leading up to the publication of Bob Woodward’s latest book, West Wing aides were chatting about how damaging some of President Donald Trump’s quotes would be. In the past couple weeks, two senior Trump administration officials told The Daily Beast they were quietly gaming out how to combat or downplay what they’d heard was going to appear in the published work, and attempting to ferret out what other big tidbits would be in there as well.

“It’s been known for a while that this was going to be something that… needed some dealing-with,” one of the officials said. “The anticipation was that it would probably be worse than the other (earlier) Woodward book.”

This isn't about Charlie Pierce, this is about people acting shocked that there are actually tapes. The interviews are salacious, and disturbing. Can you actually say you are shocked? You know what I find shocking, and disgusting? People who actually could have done something to prevent what I now consider a form of genocide... did nothing but line their pockets with power, greed, and money.
They knew what was going to happen if we didn't prepare for this virus. They knew January 23, 2020.
Senate Health Committee Announces Briefing to Update Senators on Coronavirus
WASHINGTON, January 23, 2020 — On Friday, January 24, the Senate Health Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will host a briefing for all senators with top administration health officials regarding the novel coronavirus outbreak that was first detected in Wuhan, China.

Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Patty Murray (D-Wash.) released the following statement:

“The novel coronavirus is an emerging public health threat. Senators will have the opportunity to hear directly from senior government health officials regarding what we know about the virus so far, and how our country is prepared to respond as the situation develops.”
You know who else is on that committee? Senators Richard Burr and Kelly Loefler.
Members of Congress are not held to the same ethics and disclosure requirements as members of the executive branch, but they must obey the 2012 STOCK Act, which prohibits trading on nonpublic information that they accessed in the course of their official duties for personal profit. Two GOP senators — Richard Burr of North Carolina and Kelly Loeffler of Georgia — have already faced accusations of improper trading, but maintain they did nothing wrong.

Burr, who leads the Intelligence Committee and is a member of the health committee, has insisted that he relied only on public information when selling off between $628,000 and $1.72 million in holdings in mid-February a week before the stock market plunged and after attending confidential briefings on the pandemic. Loeffler says her financial advisers make all the decisions for her and her husband’s stock portfolio. Her husband is CEO of the company that owns the New York Stock Exchange.
There are countless incidents like this. Take Peter Navarro and his hydroxychloroquine BS for an example.

MIKE PENCE KNEW what his boss was doing. The fact that there are tapes shouldn't be anything more than confirmation. The thing is, the campaign was afraid that something like this would happen. That's why they did this:
$110,000 spent on magnet-lined pouches where campaign officials meeting Trump can store their cell phones so their conversations with the president cannot be recorded.
What they didn't expect was that Woodward didn't need another Deep Throat. He got Big Mouth.

tRump's committed mass homicide, and the entire GOP along with the RW enablers are co-conspirators. They ALL KNEW.

& <3
Raine
 

15 comments (Latest Comment: 09/10/2020 18:16:30 by Raine)
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Comment by wickedpam on 09/10/2020 13:15:40
Morning

So on a scale of 1 to a million how livid is everyone.

Comment by Raine on 09/10/2020 13:16:30
Quote by wickedpam:
Morning

So on a scale of 1 to a million how livid is everyone.

As Chris says:

Eleventy Billion.


Comment by Raine on 09/10/2020 13:24:03
Comment by Raine on 09/10/2020 13:30:29

I don’t know if putting the book’s newsiest revelations out there in something closer to real time would have made a difference. They might very well have been denied and soon forgotten in the constant rush of new scandals and lies.

Still, the chance — even if it’s a slim chance — that those revelations could have saved lives is a powerful argument against waiting this long.



Comment by wickedpam on 09/10/2020 13:31:28
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
Morning

So on a scale of 1 to a million how livid is everyone.

As Chris says:

Eleventy Billion.



Right there with ya.

And I have a "friend" who is instead blaming Governors and saying they control states.

Comment by Raine on 09/10/2020 13:36:09
Psychopathological:



Comment by BobR on 09/10/2020 13:42:31
tRump lying about the severity is the root cause of the epidemic in the U.S.

I agree with the blog 100% that when it comes to assigning blame, Woodward should get pushed to the end of a very long line.

Comment by wickedpam on 09/10/2020 13:51:24
Quote by Raine:
Psychopathological:



omg yes!


Comment by Raine on 09/10/2020 14:01:37
The hague isn't good enoough for these monsters.

Comment by livingonli on 09/10/2020 14:06:07
Quote by Raine:
The hague isn't good enoough for these monsters.

We're going to need our own Nuremberg trial with an equivalent to denazification for his cult.

Comment by livingonli on 09/10/2020 14:09:03
Diana Rigg has passed.

Comment by Raine on 09/10/2020 14:19:44


Comment by Raine on 09/10/2020 15:04:18
Quote by livingonli:
Quote by Raine:
The hague isn't good enoough for these monsters.

We're going to need our own Nuremberg trial with an equivalent to denazification for his cult.

I truly agree with this, Liv.

Comment by livingonli on 09/10/2020 17:32:21
Could there be anything creepier than Ted Cruz being on the Supreme Court?

Comment by Raine on 09/10/2020 18:16:30