Join Jim and Greg as they examine media critic Howard Kurtz’s call for TV hosts to rely on infectious disease experts to assess the coronavirus instead of more familiar faces. They also hammer “The Atlantic” and two law professors for concluding that China’s crackdown on internet speech is a better way to go than America’s default towards free speech. And they unload on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for lying about opposing Trump’s China travel ban and for suggesting Trump was wrong even to allow American citizens and green card holders to return from China.

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  1. Arahant Member

    Nice bit of self-reflection on the first martini, Jim. But on the third where you acknowledge @taras may be problematical. I could be wrong, but I don’t think Taras is a guy.

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    • April 27, 2020, at 1:18 PM PDT
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  2. Taras Coolidge

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Nice bit of self-reflection on the first martini, Jim. But on the third where you acknowledge @taras may be problematical. I could be wrong, but I don’t think Taras is a guy.

    That’s grounds for a duel, in Texas! (Apologies to The Searchers.)

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    • April 28, 2020, at 10:43 AM PDT
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  3. Arahant Member

    Taras (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Nice bit of self-reflection on the first martini, Jim. But on the third where you acknowledge @taras may be problematical. I could be wrong, but I don’t think Taras is a guy.

    That’s grounds for a duel, in Texas! (Apologies to The Searchers.)

    Doesn’t answer the question, though. Is Jim Geraghty wrong on this?

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    • April 28, 2020, at 10:48 AM PDT
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  4. Taras Coolidge

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Taras (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    Nice bit of self-reflection on the first martini, Jim. But on the third where you acknowledge @taras may be problematical. I could be wrong, but I don’t think Taras is a guy.

    That’s grounds for a duel, in Texas! (Apologies to The Searchers.)

    Doesn’t answer the question, though. Is Jim Geraghty wrong on this?

    As usual, Wikipedia has all the answers …

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    • April 28, 2020, at 12:06 PM PDT
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  5. Taras Coolidge

    The Tradition Lives!!!

    Jim Geraghty @ 25:29: “By the way, there’s a guy out there on Ricochet named Taras who writes that Jim Geraghty is wrong about everything …”

    No, no, no, the catchphrase is, “Jim Geraghty is always wrong.” I could explain the subtle distinction, but it’s funnier if I don’t.

    While we’re on the subject …

    Jim accuses TV doctors of knowing nothing about virology. Though they are not specialists, medical doctors will have learned something about the subject during their M.D. degree studies and, I’m sure, have been cramming lately.

    On the other hand, non-medical TV “doctors” may be no better informed than journalists or podcasters. And no worse: at least their Ph.D.’s suggest they may have a few brain cells to rub together.

    BTW, why I go on listening to TML even though “Jim Geraghty is always wrong”:

    It doesn’t overstay it’s welcome: like Victor Davis Hanson’s Classicist, it gets to the point, makes its point, and gets out. It’s informative.

    Also, what’s the point of listening to a podcast where I always know the host’s take on everything?

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    • April 28, 2020, at 12:48 PM PDT
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  6. kedavis Member

    Taras (View Comment):
    Also, what’s the point of listening to a podcast where I always know the host’s take on everything?

    Of course! You know that Jim Geraghty will be wrong, but you don’t know in what specific way!

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    • April 28, 2020, at 2:09 PM PDT
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  7. Taras Coolidge

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Taras (View Comment):
    Also, what’s the point of listening to a podcast where I always know the host’s take on everything?

    Of course! You know that Jim Geraghty will be wrong, but you don’t know in what specific way!

    Exactly! It’s just like Tolstoi’s comment about happy families vs. unhappy families.

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    • April 28, 2020, at 6:47 PM PDT
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