Join Jim and Greg for the Friday martinis! After a quick discussion on Michigan Democrats censuring one of their state representatives who recovered from COVID and thanked President Trump for mentioning hydroxychloroquine, they turn to three bad martinis. First, they’re bummed to hear Chinese trials of remdesivir were apparently a bust. They also grimace as the virus is significantly limiting production at meat processing plants. And they hammer Trump and the media over Thursday’s disinfectant dust-up.

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  1. Arahant Member

    What you’re doing, Jim, is blaming the victim. The press lies about everything Trump says and does. They mischaracterize things like that. A speculative riff becomes, “The President today said drink Lysol.” And you’re blaming Trump for existing, because if he didn’t, you clowns in the press couldn’t mischaracterize everything he says and does.

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    • April 24, 2020, at 1:05 PM PDT
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  2. kedavis Member

    Meat processing facilities have a double whammy in situations like this. First, they have people working in relatively close quarters. Second, the virus is thought to propagate more easily in colder temperatures, and meat processing facilities are kept cold for obvious reasons.

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    • April 24, 2020, at 5:14 PM PDT
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  3. Taras Coolidge

    kedavis (View Comment):

    Meat processing facilities have a double whammy in situations like this. First, they have people working in relatively close quarters. Second, the virus is thought to propagate more easily in colder temperatures, and meat processing facilities are kept cold for obvious reasons.

    On the other hand, it’s likely that the vast majority of these workers are under 50, and therefore almost certain to recover if they do get sick.

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    • April 25, 2020, at 2:45 PM PDT
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  4. Taras Coolidge

    Arahant (View Comment):

    What you’re doing, Jim, is blaming the victim. The press lies about everything Trump says and does. They mischaracterize things like that. A speculative riff becomes, “The President today said drink Lysol.” And you’re blaming Trump for existing, because if he didn’t, you clowns in the press couldn’t mischaracterize everything he says and does.

    Remember, Jim Geraghty is always wrong.

    Trump has to take every opportunity to reach the American people live because media gatekeepers will let through nothing but negative information (and/or disinformation) about him otherwise.

    He’s on Twitter for the same reason — and he knows he needs to keep it entertaining!

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    • April 25, 2020, at 2:55 PM PDT
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  5. Architectus Coolidge

    Taras (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    What you’re doing, Jim, is blaming the victim. The press lies about everything Trump says and does. They mischaracterize things like that. A speculative riff becomes, “The President today said drink Lysol.” And you’re blaming Trump for existing, because if he didn’t, you clowns in the press couldn’t mischaracterize everything he says and does.

    Remember, Jim Geraghty is always wrong.

    Trump has to take every opportunity to reach the American people live because media gatekeepers will let through nothing but negative information (and/or disinformation) about him otherwise.

    He’s on Twitter for the same reason — and he knows he needs to keep it entertaining!

    Here is the pattern:

    Week one: Crazy martini, people say that X might be a thing.

    Weeks two: There is some evidence that X might be a thing, but not enough to justify all those crazies who said that last week with no evidence.

    Week three: Good martini, there is gathering evidence that X might be a thing after all. Greg, we need more research though, so let’s not get ahead of ourselves. 

    Week four: Greg, everyone needs to understand that X is a thing, and we clearly need to follow the experts on this. It’s important that we all agree on this.

    I love Jim and Greg, and love the Three Martini Lunch, but sometimes it comes across as a conventional wisdom checklist.

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    • April 26, 2020, at 6:26 PM PDT
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  6. Taras Coolidge

    Architectus (View Comment):

    Taras (View Comment):

    Arahant (View Comment):

    What you’re doing, Jim, is blaming the victim. The press lies about everything Trump says and does. They mischaracterize things like that. A speculative riff becomes, “The President today said drink Lysol.” And you’re blaming Trump for existing, because if he didn’t, you clowns in the press couldn’t mischaracterize everything he says and does.

    Remember, Jim Geraghty is always wrong.

    Trump has to take every opportunity to reach the American people live because media gatekeepers will let through nothing but negative information (and/or disinformation) about him otherwise.

    He’s on Twitter for the same reason — and he knows he needs to keep it entertaining!

    Here is the pattern:

    Week one: Crazy martini, people say that X might be a thing.

    Weeks two: There is some evidence that X might be a thing, but not enough to justify all those crazies who said that last week with no evidence.

    Week three: Good martini, there is gathering evidence that X might be a thing after all. Greg, we need more research though, so let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

    Week four: Greg, everyone needs to understand that X is a thing, and we clearly need to follow the experts on this. It’s important that we all agree on this.

    I love Jim and Greg, and love the Three Martini Lunch, but sometimes it comes across as a conventional wisdom checklist.

    In fact, just the other day, I was reflecting that Jim Geraghty reminds me of Newsweek’s old “conventional wisdom watch”, basically the voice of middlebrow liberalism. Or, in his case, middlebrow centrism?

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    • April 27, 2020, at 12:04 PM PDT
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