Does anyone else see the irony in the White House using Twitter to broadcast the live signing of the President's executive order to put his thumb on social media networks including Twitter?
While a variety of surveys and tracking studies have shown that the kind of people prone to watch Fox News Channel's coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic believe the mainstream media have exaggerated its risks and that local governments' restrictions are a hoax and violation of their rights, new academic research suggests it also is affecting their behavior in an unhealthy way.
The good news -- or, depending how you look at it, bad news -- for the Presidential campaign trail, is most Americans haven't exactly been paying attention to the 2020 race. That's because they've been preoccupied by a far more immediate crisis -- the one that could kill them in the near term. Those are the findings of the latest installment of Pew Research Center's polls on Americans' news consumption habits, which finds the COVID-19 pandemic has -- not surprisingly -- dominated the news cycle.
There are two revelations in a just-released Pew Research Center study of the sources and credibility of the sources of news Americans rely on. The first is that 16% of Americans say they rely on the White House Task Force. The second is that half of those Americans believe the task force has been making much ado about nothing -- the highest level of cynicism of any group of Americans relying on any source of news about the pandemic.
Madison Avenue was trending this morning, thanks to an assist from the Commander-in-Tweet. But not in the good way. "Thank you to all my great Keyboard Warriors," @realDonaldTrump's account tweeted late Thursday night, adding: "You are better, and far more brilliant, than anyone on Madison Avenue (Ad Agencies). There is nobody like you!"
If I were going to cast someone to portray a villain working behind the scenes on a secret weapon to fight the Resistance in order to keep an evil empire in power, I would pick "Trump Pence 2020" Campaign Manager Brad Parscale. But ironically, Parscale has already cast himself in that role.
Might I suggest another Hal Riney spot worthy of re-versioning for 2020: the "Bear." It would be a double entendre for being weak on Russia's hybrid attack, but also because bears represent a weak economy.
All pussyfooting aside, here are some facts concerning media coverage of sexual accusations surrounding those running for and/or serving high office.