Tuesday’s Coronavirus Task Force Briefing: Stunning, Compelling, Must-See TV

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Tuesday evening’s Coronavirus Task Force update was especially compelling in many ways. It was a very somber event, during which President Donald Trump, Vice President and Task Force leader Mike Pence and doctors Deborah Birx and Anthony Fauci informed the nation about the reasons behind their current messaging that America should expect somewhere between 100,000 and 200,000 people to die from the Wuhan Virus, COVID-19.

It went on for more than 2 hours, as the single most accessible President in modern U.S. history and the Task Force members addressed every question the corrupt press corps wanted to ask. At the end, the President told the reporters that “it was an honor to be here with you today” and it seemed as if he actually meant it.

We watched every moment of it in our home, and felt like it had been an honor to do so. Here is a list of some of the more interesting aspects of the event:

The press corps was actually fairly well-behaved. – Someone had obviously dressed down both Jim Acosta and Yamichi Alcindor, the two most idiotic and preening members of the White House press corps. Both were chastened and both asked questions that were actually somewhat on-point for the first time in memory.

President Trump called on Acosta five separate times. – He did that despite the fact that the scumbags who run CNN chose to not air the President’s opening remarks, which contained the most important information for the public to understand. Why Trump continues to recognize anyone from what is nothing more than a rank propaganda outlet defies all understanding or logic. Enough.

The President ignored Alcindor until the final 10 minutes. – When he called on her, she posed her questions politely and without her normal rancor and accusatory tone. She had obviously been warned, either by he White House staff, or by her bosses at PBS.

The press can’t understand the model. – The most amusing part of the event was watching as the dimwitted members of the press asked question after question of Birx and Fauci in a vain effort to actually grasp what they were being told. They never really did figure it out.

Birx and Fauci were presenting a worst-case scenario. – Birx especially kept subtly pointing this out. During at least three different answers to dumb questions, she basically stated that the model they are using takes what is currently happening in New York and New Jersey and assumes through extrapolation that every other state in the nation will experience the same progression curve with this virus. By doing that, this model – which just 2 weeks ago projected 1 million to 2.2 million U.S. deaths from the Wuhan Virus – is able to get to its current projection of 100,000 to 200,000 deaths. As both Birx and Fauci pointed out, statistical models are only as good as their data and assumptions, and this one is based on very bad assumptions.

This method is absurdly overstating the most likely outcome. – Both New York and New Jersey are densely-populated coastal states whose major airports received huge portions of the 10,000 China natives who flew into this country during November through January every damn day while the ChiCom government was lying about the extent of the outbreak in Wuhan Province, and how contagious the virus truly is. In addition, New York City was especially slow in responding to the outbreak, with Marxist Mayor Bill de Blasio still advising his citizens to go about their normal lives as late as March 10. The reality of our country is that virtually no other state is going to have anything remotely close to the experience in New York and New Jersey.

Washington and California are more relevant. – Both of these coastal states were also receiving thousands of travelers from China every day throughout that early period. Both were also early centers for the outbreak. Yet, because both states are much less densely populated than New York and New Jersey, and because their state and big-city leaders responded much more quickly and forcefully than de Blasio and Andrew Cuomo, their curves are vastly lower than their East Coast counterparts. Washington’s curve already even appears to have peaked. Geographically and demographically, these two states look far more like the rest of the country than New York and New Jersey.

Birx and Fauci are going to have some real explaining to do in the future. – When we get to the end of April and the numbers of actual U.S. deaths and infections turn to have been a small fraction of what these two alarmist doctors laid out for the nation on Tuesday, millions of Americans, while relieved at the lower numbers, are going to demand a real explanation. Sadly, just as they were yesterday, the White House press corps members will still be too confused and dim to even ask the right questions on behalf of the country.

The mitigation strategy is still valid and should be heeded. – All the alarmist overstatement aside, this is still a very deadly virus and the strategy of taking social actions to contain it is valid. Don’t kid yourselves otherwise, especially if you fall into the most vulnerable categories. Stay at home, wash your hands and stay 6 feet away from literally everybody when you have to go out for groceries.

Mike Pence is coming into his own. – I’ve never been all that impressed with Vice President Mike Pence. I find him to be wooden, boring and his speaking style to be artificial, stilted and largely insincere. But we all need to recognize the tremendous public service this man has done in leading this Task Force. By every account, he has worked tirelessly to ensure the best outcome possible for our country, and he has become a more imposing and impressive presence at these daily briefings with each passing day. Before yesterday’s briefing, during which he twice took charge of the process, I have never seen him as a potential future president. Now, I do.

Good for him, and good for the country.

Stay safe.

That is all.

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11 thoughts on “Tuesday’s Coronavirus Task Force Briefing: Stunning, Compelling, Must-See TV

  1. Cynthia - April 1, 2020

    The projected death toll for this virus is anyone’s guess at this point. I read this morning that WORLDWIDE the death toll is around 40,000 and yet projections for the US are 100,000 to 200,000???? Way to cause certain panic, folks. Why can’t they get a handle on this? Americans need REAL numbers, not Chicken Little numbers. I understand your take on Pence, but he would never get my vote for president – he’s just too much of a politician, and I’m done with those. Thanks for all you do, DB. Keep on keepin’ on!

    1. brian - April 1, 2020

      As they stated their predictions are based on ‘models’. Computer algorithms, which are heavily governed by the GIGO principle. If your data is garbage your results will be of the same quality. Also these types people use ‘models’ for political purposes, ie Climate Change, to try and give credibility to their false messaging.

      Its always wise to question the ‘statistics’ being bantered about when theres no information on how they derived their data. Carefully crafted questions or cherry picked data is often used in order to arrive at the preferred outcome which they’ve predetermined to be the right answer.

      Question everything… trust but verify… sound advice worth adhering to…

      1. phineas gage - April 1, 2020

        Fauci has clearly acknowledged the limitation of the models. The problem, as DB states, is that the media is full of clueless morons that don’t understand the first thing about statistics and modeling, and only understand structuring a hit job on the bad orange man.

        They are the real problem as far as ‘garbage out’ is concerned.

  2. Gregg - April 1, 2020

    Happy Nancy Klink Day everyone! I mean Happy April Fool’s Day; I get the two mixed up.

  3. Jimmy MacAfee - April 1, 2020

    My favorite moment was when Fauci took the false report about distance the virus can be shed (27 feet?) Fauci dumped that in the crapper with apparent delight! He didn’t mince words.

    Later, folks! See you tonight!

  4. Gregg - April 1, 2020

    Don’t know why people like Cynthia are so anti Pence. Cynthia, would you vote for a Biden over Pence now or Cuomo over Pence in 2024? Or would you give a Biden or a Cuomo a half a vote by staying home?

    Time will tell, but often-time great leaders come from humble or reserved backgrounds. Don’t forget, Pence was a very successful Governor of Indiana, and he didn’t go all Kasich as a virulent Anti-Trumper which Kasich is to this day, Post Master Wannabe Daddy Was A Mailman Kasich, if he didn’t become insane during the 2016 primary, could have been a logical choice to have been Trump’s running mate.

    Ask yourself this: Who else would you have rather seen, or see right now as Trump’s VP?

    With everything else going on, regarding Pence: Chill everyone! Now is not the time to talk about VP Pence.

    Pence should be well vetted by 2024, and if Pence turns out to be a Bush, fine, don’t support him. Right now, everything seems to point to him being a fine VP, a good lieutenant and needed contrarian and sounding board to Trump, unlike the stiffs: Agnew, Ford, Rockefeller, Mondale, Bush, Quale, Gore, Cheney, and worst of all: Gaff O. Joe!

  5. Gregg - April 1, 2020

    Thank you Dave for being my reporter on the spot. I gather most of my knowledge from a select few trusted distillers of info, like you, Rush and others, and I appreciate you for that. That is why you get the big bucks for doing such a fine public service. I have never had the time or patience to listen to hours upon hours of drivel on governmental/congressional hearings, or debates, or C-Span. I develop my opinions based on trusted input and analyzing historical facts.

    I very much appreciate the president being front and center on this and on all of his policy initiatives.

    Yesterday and on other days we wrote about how things are going to be different post pandemic and how aware and educated we have become on this and other issues in the era of Trump. I hope so, but I have my doubts. Here is my anecdotal evidence: I know several bright Republican voting conservatives who listen to the “news” daily, yet they are all woefully ignorant as to the facts, or conservative logic so prevalent here.

    Another case: While catching up on my DVR programs, I watched a Jeopardy program from mid-January and the show had three fiercely bright female contestants.

    Four questions were asked about congressional representatives. No one rang in on who was the representative who got shot at a baseball practice a couple of years ago, nor did they ring in on who is the current chairman of the house intelligence committee when he was identified as a California Democrat and his picture was shown! They did get the other two questions, somehow knowing the Gohmert and Castro were both from Texas (no contestants were from Texas) and when listed by name and well prompted, knew that two female members were the first Native American congresswomen. I wonder if they would have recognized AOC of Klink?
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    I guess the good point to be taken from this is if the brightest (and most of the contestants lean left politically on Jeopardy) people aren’t aware, or care to know about what is being done to Trump by the MSN (D) cabal then the MSN (D)’s influence is truly waning.

    On the other hand, this proves that most people are only headline readers and if most of the headlines say or imply Trump SUCKS!, then many will think Trump does in fact suck. It will be or has been baked into the collective thought process of many Americans unfortunately.

    As Rush has so often said, out national ignorance is our biggest and most costly problem.

  6. phineas gage - April 1, 2020

    Fauci has acknowledged that, if the fatality percentage keeps falling the way it has been, that the models would need to be revised and the the final national death toll from this will be 60,000-80,000, equivalent to a bad influenza epidemic.

    Not worth an economic depression.

  7. Greg Budell - April 1, 2020

    I saw Mike Pence at the 9/10/09 DC rally- the one with well over a million people- none of whom were noticed by President Hope’n Change when Marine One took off from the WH (no doubt headed to an emergency round of golf). Pence gave a great, passionate speech. I saw him as Presidential that day but as time passed, his profile dimmed. Maybe he’s learning from Trump. I returned to Alabama by train after that rally. We stopped in Raleigh the next morning. I couldn’t wait to see the Sunday papers, filled with pix from the massive rally. There was nothing! My blood ran cold, because I realized the media was in partnership and would ignore/diminish anything anti-Obama. They’ve only gotten worse- far worse- over time. I get my focal points here and a few other sources. No more Fudge Report. FOX is a trans-conservative joke. DBDaily is a refuge, and I enjoy the comments here, too. Good work folks! As David would say., that is all.

  8. phineas gage - April 1, 2020

    Mike Pence is a good man who is doing yeoman’s work during this crisis. It is providing exposure of him to the American people in a positive light, unusual for the typically anonymous veep, especially when contrasted with his mercurial boss.

    If he is the nominee in 2024 I would not hesitate to vote for him.

    I think the reason he gets such bad press is that he perfectly fits the media stereotype template of the ‘whiter-than-white conservative evangelical Christian boogeyman. Complete hypocrisy, of course, because all the media newsrooms are much whiter than Mike Pence (although they are 100% atheists, so they’ve got that going for them….)

  9. phineas gage - April 1, 2020

    J.J. Sefton with some thoughts I agree with at Ace:

    http://acecomments.mu.nu/?post=386628

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