Panic Is a Terrible Idea

Preparation for Coronavirus is essential. Panic? Not so much. Jon welcomes his old friend from the blogging trenches Jim Lakely, now the Vice President and Director of Communications of the Heartland Institute, to discuss the media’s abysmal job at covering a pandemic. Prior to joining Heartland, Lakely spent 16 years in daily-deadline journalism, covered Capitol Hill, and was a member of the White House Press Corps for The Washington Times. Follow him on Twitter!

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  1. Leslie Watkins Member
    Leslie Watkins Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    The thing is, we all know everything’s crazy, except for us.

    Enjoyed it.

    • #1
    • March 13, 2020, at 9:12 PM PDT
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  2. Percival Thatcher
    Percival Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Keep Calm
    and
    Dope-slap
    a Journalist

    • #2
    • March 14, 2020, at 4:53 AM PDT
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  3. Jim Lakely Contributor

    Leslie Watkins (View Comment):

    The thing is, we all know everything’s crazy, except for us.

    Enjoyed it.

    Thanks, Leslie. It was great fun being on with my buddy Jon. Hope do to it again soon.

    • #3
    • March 14, 2020, at 9:09 AM PDT
    • 3 likes
  4. Thaddeus Wert Coolidge

    Russia, Covington High, without Net Neutrality people will die, Ukraine and impeachment, etc.. etc. And now we’re supposed to believe these people are telling us the truth? Jeez…

    Anyway, great episode, and I washed my hands after I finished listening to it.

    • #4
    • March 14, 2020, at 10:03 AM PDT
    • 4 likes
  5. jerrykrause Lincoln

    @jongabriel relief t0 hear logic and common sense

    • #5
    • March 14, 2020, at 10:29 AM PDT
    • 1 like
  6. OccupantCDN Coolidge

    Panic is all they have.

    In normal times democrats have fear to keep their base interested in voting for them, but nobody is really afraid of Donald Trump. This year is worse than normal, because not only are they democrats, but their candidate is Joe Biden…. They need to scare their base like Wes Craven to get them to vote.

    • #6
    • March 15, 2020, at 3:08 AM PDT
    • 1 like
  7. RufusRJones Member

    Glad to hear that extra handwashing has no merit in coronavirus protection. I’m sick of it.

    • #7
    • March 15, 2020, at 5:52 AM PDT
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  8. kedavis Member

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Glad to hear that extra handwashing has no merit in coronavirus protection. I’m sick of it.

    I guess it depends what “extra” means. A lot of people probably don’t ever wash as much as they normally should.

    • #8
    • March 15, 2020, at 9:27 PM PDT
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  9. Jeff Hawkins Coolidge

    All positives will be because of government intervention

    All negatives will be because of Trump

    Going to find an audiobook of Marcus Aurelius

    • #9
    • March 16, 2020, at 8:09 AM PDT
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  10. Ralphie Member

    kedavis (View Comment):

    RufusRJones (View Comment):

    Glad to hear that extra handwashing has no merit in coronavirus protection. I’m sick of it.

    I guess it depends what “extra” means. A lot of people probably don’t ever wash as much as they normally should.

    And then I read where OCD people who are trying to quit handwashing so much are stressed out right now.

    • #10
    • March 16, 2020, at 8:29 AM PDT
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  11. RufusRJones Member

    I was being sarcastic. It’s irresponsible to not wash your hands more right now. Hand sanitizer is a distant second, too. 

    • #11
    • March 16, 2020, at 8:38 AM PDT
    • 1 like
  12. angelasg Member
    angelasg Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    I think this podcast was most like the old ones with Stephen Miller, except Jon actually got to talk. Jim was a great guest!

    • #12
    • March 20, 2020, at 7:56 AM PDT
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