A handful of White House reporters have gone completely off the deep end during the coronavirus crisis. Maybe it’s the fact that this White House hasn’t held many press briefings over the last year or so, and these reporters have been forced to bottle up the crazy for months. Maybe it’s the fact that so many people are watching the daily coronavirus updates, giving these activist/reporters a grand stage with which to put on a show. Maybe it’s just that we’ve forgotten how looney-tunes these idiots really are. But whatever the case may be, this pandemic has really brought out the worst in them.
Yamiche Alcindor has crowned herself the queen of coronavirus idiocy. The PBS correspondent has spent more of the last month than any of her colleagues involved in a senseless feud with President Trump, drawing attention to herself instead of the crisis. That she’s prancing in this self-created circus at the expense of the taxpayers is just salt in the wound.
Of course, her triple status as a Woman, a Racial Minority, and a Member of the Mighty Media gives her a shield of intense protection; Jim Acosta’s supporters may be in short supply, but Alcindor’s colleagues will trip over themselves to defend her daily dose of BS.
Even they, however, may have trouble defending Alcindor’s latest round of stupid. At the daily press briefing on Friday, she decided to confront U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams (who is, as you may know, a black man) over some “offensive” language he supposedly used.
“Avoid alcohol, tobacco, and drugs and call your friends and family, check in on your mother, she wants to hear from you right now,” Adams said. “And speaking of mothers, we need you to do this, if not for yourself, then for your abuela, do it for your grand-daddy, do it for your big momma, do it for your pop-pop. We need you to understand, especially in communities of color, to stop the spread and protect those who are most vulnerable.”
Well, Alcindor sat there and heard that, and boy, she was raring to go.
“You said that African-Americans and Latinos should avoid alcohol, drugs, and tobacco,” said Alcindor when called on. “You also said do it for abuela, do it for big mama and pop-pop. There are some people already — there are some people online that are already offended by that language and the idea that you’re saying behaviors might be leading to these high death rates. Could you talk about whether or not people — could you — I guess, have a response for people who might be offended by the language that you used?”
First of all, is Alcindor actually denying that minorities drink, take drugs, and smoke? Guess what, Yamiche: They do. So do whites. It’s a thing. We’re all aware of it. Please catch up, because it’s not offensive to suggest that everyone – Latinos, white people, black people, and American Indians like Elizabeth Warren – needs to be aware of what drugs, alcohol, and tobacco can do in terms of making you more susceptible to the coronavirus. And even if it IS offensive…did being offended ever kill anyone?
As for the other part…come on.
“I use that language because I’ve been meeting with the NAACP, with the National Medical Association, with others,” said Adams. “I actually talked with Derek Johnson multiple times this week, the head of the NAACP and we need targeted outreach to the African-American community and I use the language that is used in my family. I have a Puerto Rican brother-in-law. I call my granddad, granddaddy. I have relatives who call their — their grandparents big mama. So that was not meant to be offensive. That’s the language that we use and that I use and we need to continue to target our outreach to those communities.”
That’s a hell of a nice answer. Nicer, by far, than the one we would have given if we were in his place.