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Detachment revisited… November 19, 2020

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Thought it telling the manner in which RTÉ and the IT covered the latest twists and turns in the fight against Covid. For the former there was the following:

The National Public Health Emergency Team will meet again today amid rising concerns that the progress in tackling Covid-19 nationally appears to have slowed significantly over the past week.

And:

It is not clear why the progress on reducing the incidence of Covid-19 has stalled, but the average number of daily cases has fallen by just eight per day over the past week, compared with reductions averaging between 200 and 300 per day during the first three weeks of Level 5 restrictions.

For the IT:

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After more than nine months and over 69,000 cases of the disease, the State passed the milestone of 2,000 Covid-related deaths yesterday, as Chief Medical Officer Tony Holohan urged people to “work together” to suppress further spread of the virus. But there was further evidence of division between Government and its public health advisers. Senior officials are said to have clashed with Dr Holohan during a meeting yesterday as efforts to draw up a plan to exit the lockdown and manage the pandemic over the Christmas period continue in Government.

And:

According to three sources with knowledge of the meeting, senior officials emphasised to Dr Holohan that the Government – not the National Public Health Emergency Team (Nphet) – would make decisions about easing the lockdown and what restrictions would be in place over Christmas….One source said it was “made clear” to Nphet “that the Government will make the decision” on reopening, scheduled for December 1st. Another source confirmed that the Nphet “media strategy” was strongly criticised as some senior officials believed that its members are seeking to influence Government decisions through the media.

“Media strategy”? Somehow the IT manages to completely ignore the actual material problem. There is no mention of numbers of stalling.

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1. gypsybhoy69 - November 21, 2020

Absolutely no mention of the stalling and what its means to the success of level 5 or lack there of. The State came up with a plan and intended that the highest level in the plan would be enough to deal with the suppression of the virus. It doesn’t look to be working as they thought. It looks like in some way it needs to be further tightened but that’s not possible because Christmas is imminent. The IT, the business community and the political class want to deflect and create a bogeyman of NPHET to deflect from their very own failure to get a message out to manage Covid. And the Let it Rip brigade feel emboldened again. Mark Paul’s article on how Leo was right to go two footed on Holohan weeks ago has been proved to be right. Read the article and does anybody actually think he convince anybody other than himself. I suppose it all about framing.
Speaking of framing I spotted a headline the other day that nearly caused an aneurism. It was something along the lines of IT wins award for Covid 19 coverage There I was spitting, fuming and foaming at mouth about the turn of events. It was only when you actually drill into the article that you see it won an award for the Lost Lives series which it deserved but the headline and the framing led me to believe something more sinister. Note to self – always try get past the initial framing.

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WorldbyStorm - November 21, 2020

+1

I’m more and more convinced that the IT approach is due to class position and/or resentment, to some extent. They genuinely cannot believe that their lives are being restricted. It’s bizarre to read the sheer level of denialism that comes through – not just the below the line comments which seem to me to be largely populated by people who have too much time on their hands and who make too little effort to actually think things through but above the line in their commentary and as you say the overall framing. That framing is one where restrictions are ‘draconian’ ‘contradictory’ and ultimately ‘useless’. Incredible to see during a pandemic people saying that lockdowns don’t work. Enforced lockdowns do work. Also interesting to see them trying to suggsest that those who support them want them in perpetuity. Couldn’t be further from the truth.

What comes through loud and clear is the absolute absence of a sense of both the public good and the need to protect workers. It just isn’t at the races. The denialists seem to think that it’s not an issue – the softer ones don’t seem to care less. And yet Mark Paul isn’t mentioning hospitals which have had to close non-elective procedures due to spread of the virus. Strangely that reality, that very predictable outcome of the virus (and one that would manifest at even greater levels with fewer restrictions) isn’t given a moments thought.

I saw that re the Award. You’re absolutely right, but on the IT podcast they were all clapping themselves on the back for the overall coverage (though in slight fairness the podcast got an award too).

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2. CL - November 21, 2020

” the new cold war against China ensured that any positive news from there was ignored, disbelieved or derided. China’s initial concealment of the epidemic was highlighted, and its success in containing it was disregarded. When China’s return to normality was mentioned, it was attributed to autocratic rule that could not and should not be emulated elsewhere. In point of fact, the Chinese achievement resulted largely from old-fashioned public health measures, with a heavy emphasis on test-and-trace and travel bans, pursued with great energy and with the mobilisation of vast resources…..
Can any rough guide to winners and losers in the year of Covid-19 be drawn up at this stage? America and Britain are both bad losers: Trump and Johnson had been divisive and demagogic before the epidemic struck, but when it did strike it dramatically exposed the dysfunctional nature of their governments and their personal inability to deal with a real crisis….
This sense of chronic breakdown is exacerbated in the US by Trump’s fraudulent claims to have won the presidential election, giving a toxic foretaste of a permanently divided and destabilised America.”
– Patrick Cockburn
https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/ovid-boris-johnson-trump-brexit-b1759265.html

“More than 250,000 people have died in the United States, a number that grew by another 1,962 on Thursday. The Covid Tracking Project reported that more than 82,000 people were in the hospital, the highest number of the pandemic.”
“The United States passed 11 million total coronavirus cases on Sunday, and its caseload has now soared past 12 million. New daily cases are approaching 200,000: on Friday, the country recorded more than 198,500, a record.”-
Dr.Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said “December, January and early February are going to be terribly painful months,” – NYT.

” Long past time that the government’s Covid decision-making framework was normalised.
Specialist advisors should make their case privately, as they are paid to do. They should never try to influence the political calculus of their political masters.” Dan O’ Brien, Twitter.

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WorldbyStorm - November 21, 2020

“Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), who is close to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), on Friday issued a statement asserting Biden “has a very good chance” of being the next president and urging the administration “to provide the Biden team with all transition materials, resources, and meetings necessary to ensure a smooth transition.”
His masters voice. Interesting.
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/526962-gop-lawmaker-patience-runs-thin-with-trump-tactics

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CL - November 21, 2020

” JOHN BOLTON: The arguments that Trump and his campaign are making on the conspiracy to deny him reelection is this conspiracy is so vast and so successful that apparently there’s no evidence of it.”
https://www.npr.org/2020/11/13/934459477/john-bolton-wants-republicans-to-acknowledge-the-reality-of-a-biden-presidency

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3. alanmyler - November 21, 2020

Meath’s finest is calling for a “Plan B” because she doesn’t want us going in and out of lockdowns on an ongoing basis.

‘We need to get a plan B’: Senator Regina Doherty calls on government to end use of ‘rolling lockdowns’ https://jrnl.ie/5273921

Meanwhile on RTE Primetime the other night there was a wonderful to behold filleting of a useless journalist by a Trinity academic Aoife McLysaght whom I hadn’t seen before. You can’t beat a bit of hard headed scientific analysis to put the pro-business whining journos in their place. Great tv.

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WorldbyStorm - November 21, 2020

Just started watching that PM. You know you’re not in Kansas when the FG junior minister has to call out VM TD for denialism – not impressed by the uniformity of the pol corrs.

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WorldbyStorm - November 21, 2020

Wow, she’s denying projections of the situation without controls. Amazing stuff.

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alanmyler - November 21, 2020

Yes I thought Brophy was half decent the other night on that. I met him at my pal’s dad’s funeral last year, he’s a family friend of theirs kind of thing. He was awful on the radio during the week about the judge thing I think it was, I was less than half listening.

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