WHO ya gonna call?

From Salon:

More than a dozen U.S. health experts based at the headquarters of the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva provided real-time information about the new coronavirus in China last year, according to a new report.

President Donald Trump announced last week that the U.S. would stop providing funding to WHO, because it allegedly “missed the call” by not sounding the alarm “months earlier.” Trump, who also accused WHO of being “China-centric,” has ramped up his rhetoric against the organization after numerous media reports revealed that the president and his advisers did not head warnings about the emerging pandemic from intelligence agencieshealth expertseconomists and even top White House aides. The president continued to downplay the threat publicly in an apparent attempt to calm the stock market.

horton hears a who

Original book cover

But more than a dozen American doctors, public health experts and researchers, many of whom work for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and are detailed to WHO, warned the administration in real time about the outbreak in China as early as last year, according to The Washington Post. Trump-appointed health officials also regularly consulted “at the highest levels” with WHO.

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In the early days of the virus response, those officials included [Health and Human Services] Secretary Alex Azar.”

Caitlin Oakley, an HHS spokeswoman, confirmed that the department had 17 members, including 16 from the CDC, who were “working on a variety of programs, including COVID-19” at the WHO.

But why listen to the public health experts when you have these geniuses? From Entertainment:

On Thursday night, Dr. Phil joined his doctor-branded celebrity contemporaries Dr. Oz and Dr. Drew in going far out of his way to make rather boneheaded comments about the coronavirus pandemic.

First, Dr. Phil [MGraw] told Fox News’ Laura Ingraham on her show The Ingraham Angle that “we probably shouldn’t have ever started” stay-at-home orders to try and slow the spread of COVID-19.

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But then Dr. Phil compared coronavirus deaths to drownings, claiming there are 360,000 deaths per year due to swimming pools. “But we don’t shut the country down for that!” he exclaimed.

Fact: There are less than 4,000 deaths from drowning in the U.S. each year, even though drowning is so contagious. The asshole walked his comments back later on, as soon as his P.R. firm told him to.

On Tuesday, Dr. [Mahmet] Oz was on another Fox News show, Hannity, where he suggested reopening schools. “The opening of schools may only cost us 2 to 3 percent in terms of total mortality,” Dr. Oz said, and then called the idea “a very appetizing opportunity” to help the country get its “mojo back.”

No word on what percentage of dead kids would be less appetizing to this fuckwad.

Finally, there was TV doctor foot-in-mouth trailblazer Dr. Drew [Pinsky], who much earlier in the pandemic went out on a limb, and it broke right off from under him. The former Celebrity Rehab host dismissed the outbreak as “a press-induced panic” on March 3, and repeatedly suggested the seasonal flu was worse, and even said the odds of dying of coronavirus was less than being “hit by an asteroid.”

This shithead tried to apologize for his stupid comments later on to rehab his celebrity, but the apology was cut short when he was hit by an asteroid.

(With profound apologies to Dr. Seuss)

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7 responses to “WHO ya gonna call?

  1. Wow, that is one hideously garish-looking elephant. And I thought seeing a pink one was supposed to be disturbing.

    I would have made Oz, Phil, and Drew elephant turds in Hair Furor’s wake, but obviously this fits the Dr. Seuss theme better

    As to Trump’s behavior, frankly it’s just becoming exhausting. We all know he’s going to do something assholish every week, and knowing the details is almost superfluous. He’s frantically trying to re-direct blame for his gargantuan screw-up onto anything else that catches his attention. The WHO was just one obvious target. Yes, they erred by trusting the Chinese regime too much, but Trump would have scapegoated them just as hard even if that hadn’t been the case.

    • This was my third elephant. I was going with a cartoon one, but it was too cute. Then I went with the flat GOP logo that you usually see. I finally decided on this one. Turds would have been an excellent idea, but 1. Space is at a premium, and 2. I didn’t think of it.

      I only watch the pressers to see Twitler disintegrating more and more every day. He’s a couple of pressers away from ripping his clothes off and running around the press room naked. He watches Faux News every day, and he waits to see whom they are blaming for his failures. Why even have a press conference when you can just play Insanity or MotherTucker’s show? WHO is far from perfect, but it seems they are a lot more competent than anyone in the Twitler administration.

      • Keep that elephant. I have a feeling it will come in useful in future works.

        From what I hear about Trump’s antics lately, it may be just as well that I don’t have a TV. My own sanity is under more than enough strain these days.

        More targeted asteroids, please.

  2. vincelamb

    That book cover parody looks like it was almost as much work as your Russian Doll poster for Tulsi Gabbard. There’s almost nothing left of the original except the red stripes, The Cat in the Hat hat and tie, and the concept. That written, brilliant! As Andy Borowitz observed, there are three things Trump hates, the world, health, and organization.

    • Hi Vince! So nice to see you here! 😀

      Sometimes it’s easier to start with a clean slate than to build on what’s on a DVD or book cover. The Tulsi one was hard, only because it took me forever to figure out how to make nesting morons. This one was much easier.

      I always loved Andy Borowitz and that observation makes me love him even more. I hadn’t seen it, so thanks for bringing it over here. I need as many chuckles as I can get these days.

      You and Kym stay safe and healthy! That’s an order!

  3. I just had the my best laugh in quite a while. Insanity and Mother Tucker is so damn funny. You are brilliant lady. I missed the post before this one and will try to remember to come back for it. I can hardly keep my eyes open at this point since it is pushing onward to midnight and I am very tired from working in my backyard veggie/flower garden.

    • IF we don’t laugh, we’ll all go nuts. My day goes in cycles. One minute, I’m crying (anything can set off the waterworks), the next minute, I’m worried, then I’m angry. I dusted off the Photoshop just to keep busy.

      How smart of you to have a veggie garden. I wish I had one, especially now. Unfortunately, I can kill even plastic plants with just a glance. Veggies wouldn’t stand a chance.

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