Today is August 4 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-MSNBC PRODUCER rips into network in open letter
Fox News reports that a former MSNBC producer wrote a scathing open letter explaining why she recently left the cable news network.
“July 24th was my last day at MSNBC. I don’t know what I’m going to do next exactly but I simply couldn’t stay there anymore,” Ariana Pekary wrote on her personal website. “My colleagues are very smart people with good intentions. The problem is the job itself. It forces skilled journalists to make bad decisions on a daily basis.”
Pekary provided a number of examples of why she wanted to leave the cable news network. “It’s possible that I’m more sensitive to the editorial process due to my background in public radio, where no decision I ever witnessed was predicated on how a topic or guest would ‘rate.’ The longer I was at MSNBC, the more I saw such choices — it’s practically baked in to the editorial process – and those decisions affect news content every day,” Pekary said. “Likewise, it’s taboo to discuss how the ratings scheme distorts content, or it’s simply taken for granted, because everyone in the commercial broadcast news industry is doing the exact same thing. But behind closed doors, industry leaders will admit the damage that’s being done.”
She then quoted someone she described a “successful and insightful TV veteran” who said: “We are a cancer and there is no cure… But if you could find a cure, it would change the world.”
Some personal news: why I’m now leaving MSNBC
It’s not the optimal time for change but the time doesn’t feel optional, anymore.https://t.co/HbZo0weiUs
— Ariana Pekary (@arianapekary) August 3, 2020
DML: This woman has just emphasized why I no longer deal with TV networks or make appearances on cable. The toxic environment, the lies, the censoring, and the make pretend commentary spewed by hosts that is written by someone else in the back room is disgusting. I cannot be a part of that world, and this is why I do what I do with the DML APP and TeamDML.
2- Storm makes landfall, warnings issued
Hurricane Isaias was downgraded to a tropical storm early Tuesday, just hours after roaring ashore in North Carolina, triggering floods and property damage, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).
In addition to the flooding, the storm sparked five residential fires in Ocean Isle Beach, Debbie Smith, the town’s mayor, told Wilmington’s WECT-TV. About 30 people were displaced due to a fire at a condominium complex in Surf City, located about 80 miles north of where the storm originally made landfall.
The storm had originally made landfall around 11:10 p.m. near Ocean Isle Beach, N.C., with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph.
Tropical storm force winds from #Isaias, with gusts to hurricane force, are expected to spread northward along the Mid-Atlantic coast and into New England today and tonight. These winds could cause downed trees and power outages. https://t.co/8sD0LxJH7C pic.twitter.com/vPvz32decl
— National Hurricane Center (@NHC_Atlantic) August 4, 2020
DML: Stay safe, don’t underestimate strong winds and water surges.
3-Trump being investigated for fraud
Breitbart reports that Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. told a federal court Monday that his office was pursuing a broad inquiry into possible fraud by President Donald Trump and his private businesses, based on reports that had appeared in the media.
The New York Times reported: The Manhattan district attorney’s office suggested on Monday that it has been investigating President Trump and his company for possible bank and insurance fraud, a significantly broader inquiry than the prosecutors have acknowledged in the past.
The suggestion by the office of the district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., came in a new federal court filing arguing that Mr. Trump’s accountants should have to comply with a subpoena seeking eight years of his personal and corporate tax returns. Mr. Trump had asked a judge to declare the subpoena invalid.
In the new filing, the prosecutors did not directly identify the subject of their inquiry. But they said that “undisputed” assertions in earlier court papers and several news reports about Mr. Trump’s business practices showed that the office had a wide legal basis for the subpoena.
They cited newspaper investigations that concluded the president may have illegally inflated his net worth and the value of his properties to lenders and insurers. They also included an article on the congressional testimony of his former lawyer and fixer, Michael D. Cohen, who told lawmakers last year that the president had committed insurance fraud. Lawyers for the president have denied wrongdoing.
DML: So now we are all exposed to being prosecuted based on fake news outlets with political agendas? Our nation is in a world of trouble. Referring to the above MSNBC producer, we have a cancer and there is no cure. The media is the our biggest enemy, and right behind them are the judges appointed by Obama.
4-Men saved from tiny deserted island after writing SOS in the sand
Three men have been rescued from a tiny Pacific island after writing a giant SOS sign in the sand that was spotted from above, authorities say.
The men had been missing in the Micronesia archipelago for nearly three days when their distress signal was spotted Sunday on uninhabited Pikelot Island by searchers on Australian and U.S. aircraft, the Australian defense department said Monday.
The men had apparently set out from Pulawat atoll in a 7-meter (23-foot) boat on July 30 and had intended to travel about 43 kilometers (27 miles) to Pulap atoll when they sailed off course and ran out of fuel, the department said.
SOS: Three men have been rescued from a tiny Pacific island after writing the distress signal in the sand that was spotted from above. https://t.co/PebJv5y1Lz
— The Associated Press (@AP) August 4, 2020
DML: And now they will sell the rights to their story to a network or film studio and become instant millionaires. Funny how things work.
5-No silver bullet for COVID, says WHO
“There is no silver bullet at the moment and there might never be,” against the novel coronavirus, warned World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebrevesus during a virtual media briefing on Monday.
Though the leader of the WHO said there is some progress being made with possible treatments, and noted that “a number of vaccines are now in Phase 3 clinical trials and we all hope to have a number of effective vaccines that can help prevent people from infection,” he added that there is no magic cure for this virus at this time.
“For now, stopping outbreaks comes down to the basics of public health and disease control: testing, isolating and treating patients and tracing and quarantining their contacts,” Tedros said.
DML: How long will they continue with this BS narrative. There’s no cure for the common cold either, do we all wear masks and hunker inside for months while small businesses fall into the abyss and people lose their jobs permanently? No! This COVID-19 pandemic overblown storyline is the biggest scam to hit the world since Obama’s presidency. A tiny, tiny, tiny, tiny fraction of people who get the virus die from it, and even those numbers are skewed based on financial incentives to report deaths as being COVID-based. I think you have a better chance of dying from first and secondhand cigarette smoke. From the CDC: “Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 480,000 deaths per year in the United States, including more than 41,000 deaths resulting from secondhand smoke exposure. This is about one in five deaths annually, or 1,300 deaths every day. On average, smokers die 10 years earlier than nonsmokers.” Meanwhile, we have no policing or government fines handed out to people who ignore the no-smoking signs posted randomly. I wonder why? Could it be that big pharma and tobacco companies want it that way? Yup!
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