Grind for March 9th
“Even the darkest night will end and the sun will rise.” – Victor Hugo
Trump Says He Has Authority to ‘Open Up’ States, Not Governors
President Donald Trump said Monday that he and the federal government have the authority to “open up the states,” not the individual governors.
Over the weekend, Governor Greg Abbott of Texas announced that he would issue an executive order this week on re-opening business. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Monday that he was working with Connecticut and New Jersey to plan a regional opening of the economy.
It was not clear which reports President Trump was responding too. Under the constitution, the federal government has extensive power to regulate interstate commerce.
A number of Supreme Court decisions have interpreted this to mean the federal government has virtually unlimited powers over economic matters even if they have little to no direct impact on commerce between the states.
Donald J. Trump tweets:
“For the purpose of creating conflict and confusion, some in the Fake News Media are saying that it is the Governors decision to open up the states, not that of the President of the United States & the Federal Government. Let it be fully understood that this is incorrect.”
“It is the decision of the President, and for many good reasons. With that being said, the Administration and I are working closely with the Governors, and this will continue. A decision by me, in conjunction with the Governors and input from others, will be made shortly!” Read more…
White House Accuses Voice of America of Spreading Chinese Propaganda
On Friday, an events summary produced by the White House digital team fired criticism at Voice of America for spreading propaganda on behalf of Communist China. The statement read:
VOA too often speaks for America’s adversaries – not its citizens. The Coronavirus pandemic is no exception. Secrecy from the Communist Party of China allowed the deadly virus to spread across the world. Journalists should report the facts, but VOA has instead amplified Beijing’s propaganda. This week, VOA called China’s Wuhan lockdown a successful “model” copied by much of the world – and then tweeted out video of the Communist government’s celebratory light show marking the quarantine’s alleged end.
Even worse, while much of the U.S. media takes its lead from China, VOA went one step further: It created graphics with Communist government statistics to compare China’s Coronavirus death toll to America’s. As intelligence experts point out, there is simply no way to verify the accuracy of China’s numbers.
The statement noted, “The Coronavirus story is just one example of this pattern. Last year, VOA helped highlight the Twitter feed of Iran Foreign Minister Javad Zarif while he was issuing threats against the U.S. and sharing Russian anti-U.S. propaganda videos.”
Amanda Bennett, who leads Voice of America and is the wife of Donald Graham, whose family used to own The Washington Post, responded, “We are thoroughly covering China’s disinformation and misinformation in English and Mandarin and at the same time reporting factually. Read more…
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