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The New York Centric Mindset Has Created a Problem For America

New York is the media capital of the world. What happens in New York is broadcast across the entire country and due to this, New Yorkers think that they are more important than everyone else. Tony Katz says that New York is not as important as they think they are. Just because there is a high concentration of COVID-19 cases in New York, does not mean everyone else in the country should alter their own lives. The New York point of view has deceived Americans into thinking we should live our lives in accordance with New York values.

Katz on Fox & Friends: Biden Catering to Progressive Voters

Tony Katz joined Fox and Friends to discuss the progress of Joe Biden and his push to win over progressive voters. Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders have formed a “Unity Task Force”. The goal is to unite the entirety of the Democratic party under Joe Biden, but will the support of Sanders and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez be enough for Biden to attract the Bernie supporters who have refused to vote for a non-progressive candidate.

A Virus Worse Than Covid-19

There should be no doubt that Coronavirus is not the flu, and not like the flu. The incoming science tells us it is far more insidious in its contagious abilities. It has killed people. It also has exposed areas where the United States must immediately shore-up it’s abilities: the production of PPE’s and the production of drugs being at the top amongst a laundry list of items.

There should also be no doubt that members of the media have worked in an overtime capacity to spin coronavirus to invoke repeated attacks on President Trump. One can say that Trump deserves blame for the coronavirus response, but to do so, they must bring receipts; proof of the wrongdoing. If you cast blame, you need to be able to back it up.

Backing up the case against the media is, unfortunately, too easy. On cable news and in print, setting the Narrative – On Trump and Dr. Anthony Fauci, on Gov. Andrew Cuomo vs. Gov. Ron DeSantis, on Republican states vs. Democrat states, on lockdowns vs. liberty – has become job number one.

Narrative, as I define it, is the story pushed and perpetuated by American media, cultural elite and academia to ridicule, reduce and/or remove their cultural and political foes.

The latest example of Narrative was the Memorial Day Weekend edition of the New York Times. The headline read, “US Deaths Near 100,000. An Incalculable Loss.”

As Noah Rothman wrote at Commentary Magazine:

“Narrative journalism” is all the rage, in part, because it’s a smart business strategy. As the abstract of one 2019 study explained: “Views on the promises of narrative journalism stress its supposed positive influence on audience engagement and appreciation, an asset of increasing importance in light of the current crisis in journalism that is characterized by declining newspaper circulation.” And while the concept of narrative is an element in all storytelling, telling a tale in a compelling fashion is not synonymous with the prosecutorial portrayal of the facts in evidence. Indeed, these two objectives are sometimes in direct conflict.

But that business strategy comes not from an economic platform, but from an ideological one. In the case of coronavirus, the ideology states that Trump must be blamed at all costs. For example, Trump must be blamed for shutting down travel between China and the US, under the guise of xenophobia. Then, when circumstances changed, and it became clear that shutting down travel from China was beneficial, Trump must be blamed for not shutting down travel quick enough, and not just for Chinese nationals. Trump should have shut down the ability for American citizens to return to America!

The data matters not. The facts simply dispensable. The focus neither health nor safety. It’s about Power. Winning. Victory. The ends always justifying the means.

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Trump Needs to Stop With The Joe Scarborough Murder Conspiracy

The President is no fan of Joe Scarborough. The two have had major beef over the years. Scarborough has been extremely critical of near everything Trump has done and the President has responded in kind, but things are now going to the next level. Trump is now pushing a conspiracy theory that the Morning Joe host murdered an intern during his time in Congress. The President is no stranger to controversy, but Tony Katz says this one is way too far.

There is Nothing Great About the New York Times

The New York Times made quite the statement with their latest cover. Tony Katz explains why the New York Times’ job is no longer to inform, but to destroy.

The headline read, “U.S Deaths Near 100,000. An Incalculable Loss.” Listed below the headline were 1000 names. Each of a names was an American who died of COVID-19. At least, that’s what the New York Times told us. A little research revealed that the list was riddled with errors. Why do we continue to trust what they have to say?

Your Move, Governors. Dr. Fauci Talks Dangers of Staying Closed

In an interview with CNBC, infectious diseases expert Dr. Anthony Fauci, who has been a guiding voice for President Trump on coronavirus, warned of the dangers inherent in the United States staying closed for too long.

I don’t want people to think that any of us feel that staying locked down for a prolonged period of time is the way to go,

But now is the time, depending upon where you are and what your situation is, to begin to seriously look at reopening the economy, reopening the country to try to get back to some degree of normal.

He was sure to add that America should, “proceed with caution.”

Meanwhile, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has ended stay-at-home orders for some parts of the state, but extended them in others.. Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett won’t allow restaurants to open for indoor seating, and won’t allow salons to open at all. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer continues with draconian shut down measures apace. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told Angelinos that some type of lockdown will continue until there is a vaccine. A federal judge sided with Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf in continuing lockdown orders.

More than Dr. Fauci recognizing the danger of these lockdowns, the American people have recognized them, too. They’ve been pushing back in Indiana and Michigan, in California and multiple other states. They want the ability to decide whether they work or not. They want the ability to provide for their families and their employees. They want choices. And they now have Dr. Fauci to back them up.

Your move, Governors.

The Constitution Trumps Coronavirus

Producer Ari’s father has a straw man argument for Tony. What if COVID-19 killed 95% of everyone infected, would Tony still have the same opinion about reopening the country?

When Did “Flatten The Curve” Become “Accept Our Authority?”

“Flatten The Curve” was a lie. I didn’t want it to be a lie, but it clearly was. It was clearly untrue, clearly something that was said to people like you and me. You know, fools who actually believed that our job was to limit the number of cases of coronavirus happening at one time so that hospitals could stay ahead of the game.

To paraphrase former Washington DC Mayor Marion Barry, the “you know what” set me up.

It’s no longer about “Flatten The Curve.” Now, it’s about keeping lockdown orders for forever. While all states have lessened their lockdowns, some cities have continued them on in even greater draconian fashion, including statements that there will be no full-fledged re-opening until we have a vaccine or a treatment.

Well, we might be here for awhile. Sure, they’re working hard on vaccines. You got the push on Remdisivir from Gilead. You’ve got Moderna with their vaccine. Pfizer says maybe they will have something by the fall. Great. I only hope that they do. But what if they don’t?

But let’s return to the subject at hand: What’s with moving the goalposts?? They changed the entire scene, taking us from “Flatten The Curve” to flatten your wallet, because you can’t go back to work. They went from, “Be responsible!” to, “Accept our authority!”

It’s authoritarianism at work. But, of course, they don’t even see themselves as authoritarians. They never do. Rather, they just have some secret understanding of the world, they know better than you and they’re only trying to save you from yourself. We have a word for people like that: Elitists.

It’s not a good feeling to feel like you got played. It’s not a good feeling to feel like we’ve had the rules changed on us mid-game. Not to benefit lives and livelihoods, but to attain and maintain power.

I never thought I’d see America willingly go into lockdown, and then see so many Americans wanting to stay there, all the while berating those who want to open their businesses and care for their families. The anger from some, against those who don’t think healthy people should be quarantined, is palpable. To paraphrase my brother, the good Dr. Katz, nothing angers the prisoner more than seeing others walk free.

What we’re watching – the police state antics, the non-scientific slow-rolled re-open policies, the call for indefinite lockdowns in Durham, NC and ongoing restrictions in Los Angeles, CA and other cities – is awful. And I’m as frustrated as you are. But it’s really possible that you’re more frustrated than me. I’m still working. What if you’re not working?

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Anthony Fauci Underwear is The Hottest New Fashion Trend

Have you recently been sitting at home, thinking about how much of a heartthrob Dr. Anthony Fauci is? Apparently, he is such a hot figure that a store is designing and selling underwear with his name branded on it. Where did the Fauci obsession come from and how much is based on politics?

This Was The Plan to Neutralize Gen. Michael Flynn

As more information comes to light, it has become increasingly clear that Gen. Michael Flynn was not treated fairly by the FBI. The question of why Flynn was set up and how it happened has become a focal point in this country. Andrew McCarthy was able to join Tony Katz to examine how the plot to discredit and neutralize Flynn happened. Andrew C. McCarthy is a senior fellow at the National Review Institute and a contributing editor of National Review.