Today is July 3 and I am Dennis Michael Lynch. Below are my opinions on the stories grabbing headlines this morning. I hope you share this briefing as doing so will make you the smartest person in the room, in my opinion. And don’t forget to download the free DML App from the Google Play or Apple App Store to remain connected to me throughout the day.
1. CNN fails to mention two major stories
Fox News reports: Two of the biggest news stories on Thursday were the strong jobs report and the stunning arrest of Jeffrey Epstein confidant Ghislaine Maxwell, but if viewers watched CNN’s primetime, they would have no idea either of them took place.
The latest jobs report showed that 4.8 million jobs were added to the U.S. economy in June, bringing the unemployment rate to 11.1 percent. Shortly after the report was released, news broke that Maxwell was arrested on multiple sex-abuse charges, including conspiracy to entice minors to engage in sexual acts.
While the liberal network covered both news items throughout the day, the stories were noticeably absent during the network’s primetime programming between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. Instead, the channel mainly focused on the coronavirus outbreak.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2020
.@CNN should move Fredo back to the morning slot. He was rewarded for bad ratings with a much better time slot – and again got really bad ratings. Getting totally trounced by @FoxNews. Give him another shot in the morning – He would easily beat Morning Joe’s poorly rated show!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 2, 2020
DML: Fake news is delivered in many ways, including by omission.
2. NFL plans to play Black national anthem before Week 1 games
ESPN reports: “Lift Ev’ry Voice And Sing,” traditionally known as the Black national anthem, is expected to be performed live or played before every Week 1 NFL game, and the league is considering a variety of other measures during the upcoming season to recognize victims of police brutality, a source familiar with the league’s discussions told The Undefeated on Thursday.
The song would be performed before “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the source said. The NFL’s season opener is scheduled for Sept. 10, with the Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Houston Texans.
Having recently displayed increased awareness about the problems of systemic racism, the NFL, in collaboration with the NFL Players Association, is also considering listing the names of victims on uniforms through decals on helmets or patches on jerseys. The NFL also may produce educational programs about victims, among other plans.
— ESPN (@espn) July 2, 2020
DML: I hope the NFL falls flat on its face when more people boycott than watch. Get me once shame on you. Get me twice shame on me.
3. Oregon trooper refuses to wear mask at coffee shop, placed on leave
Fox News reports: An Oregon State Police trooper who refused to wear a mask at a Corvallis coffee shop Wednesday has been placed on leave, according to reports.
“F— Kate Brown,” the trooper reportedly told the shop’s assistant manager, referring to the state’s governor, a Democrat .
The shop, Allan’s Coffee & Tea, later reported the incident to local police, prompting the State Police to launch an investigation, Capt. Timothy Fox of the State Police told the news outlet.
A group of Oregon State Police troopers appeared to defy Gov. Kate Brown’s statewide mask order while in uniform Wednesday, entering a Corvallis coffee shop without wearing required face coverings, video obtained by @Oregonian shows. (1/10) pic.twitter.com/T5vQncDzg0
— The Oregonian (@Oregonian) July 2, 2020
DML: Good for the cop. Masks are for Antifa criminals and bank robbers.
4. Major disruption as FedEx formally asks Redskins to change team name
Yahoo Sports reports: Shockwaves hit the Redskins on Thursday as FedEx formally asked the organization to change the team name.
FedEx holds the naming rights to the Redskins home stadium, a deal that one league source says pays Washington around $8 million per year and runs through 2025. If that isn’t enough, FedEx President and CEO Frederick Smith owns a minority stake in the Redskins.
Earlier this week AdWeek reported that a number of major investment firms planned on putting corporate pressure on the Redskins to change the name by telling major corporations like Nike, Pepsi and FedEx they would pull capital from their financial positions. Whether or not that threat moved FedEx to ask the Redskins to change the name is unknown, but it seems like one wild coincidence.
Why is FedEx asking the Redskins to change their name such a huge deal? FedEx CEO Fred Smith is also a minority owner in the Redskins. pic.twitter.com/pDDRbPmxYC
— JP Finlay (@JPFinlayNBCS) July 2, 2020
DML: When does it stop? Where does it stop? In terms of a new name how about the Washington Wussies.
5. The coronavirus may have mutated to become more infectious, Dr. Anthony Fauci says
CNBC reports: The coronavirus has mutated in a way that might help the pathogen spread more easily, White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Thursday.
Research is underway to confirm the possible mutation and its implications, Fauci said, adding that “there’s a little dispute about it.” Viruses naturally mutate and scientists have previously said they have observed minor mutations in the coronavirus that have not impacted its ability to spread or cause disease in any significant way.
The possible mutation that Fauci cited was reported on by investigators at Los Alamos National Laboratory in an article published by the journal Cell earlier Thursday. Virologists at Scripps Research in Florida also wrote about the mutation last month, saying it “enhances viral transmission.” It’s unclear when the mutation might have occurred.
DML: Can Trump please buy this guy a few new rats to play with in the lab, and get him out of the spotlight?