Week-ends (03/21/20)

A look back at the people and events that made news the past week. Week-ends is a regular weekly feature of  This Just In…

HEROES OF THE WEEK

C.J. Krawczyk

Students in Nebraska

Ohio kids

VILLAINS OF THE WEEK

Virus scammers

Jie Li

Spring breakers

Madison

QUOTES OF THE WEEK

“What do you say to Americans who are watching you right now who are scared?”
NBC News reporter Peter Alexander questioning President Trump at a news conference

“I say that you’re a terrible reporter, that’s what I say…The American people are looking for answers, and they’re looking for hope. And you’re doing sensationalism…”
President Trump responding to Alexander

“In 2009, Swine Flu infected 60 million Americans and killed 12,000. The seasonal flu infects tens of millions of Americans every year. This year, we’re projected to have 32-49 million Americans infected by the flu, with 18-50,000 deaths. Not saying the Wuhan virus isn’t serious, but we’re nowhere near these numbers yet.  As of now, there have been over 200 deaths and over 15,000 cases.”
Townhall.com writer Matt Vespa

“We need to bend the curve in the state of California. There’s a social contract here, people I think recognize the need to do more … They will begin to adjust and adapt as they have been quite significantly. We will have social pressure and that will encourage people to do the right thing,” he said, in addressing how this order will be enforced. Home isolation is not my preferred choice … but it is a necessary one …This is not a permanent state, this is a moment in time.”
California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a statewide order for Californians to stay home

“By making shared sacrifices, we can protect the health of our people and our economy and I think our economy will come back very rapidly. If we do this right our country and the world frankly, but our country can be rolling again … very quickly. We can protect the health of our people and we can protect our economy.”
President Trump

“If people do what we’re telling them to do we’ll save a lot of lives. We are looking to save the maximum number of lives. Everything is going to come back. The economy is going to come roaring back…it’s all pent up. I think we’ll have an economy like never before.” 
President Trump

“We represent virtually the entirety of the conservative movement but we believe we speak for hundreds of millions in the country and around the world when we ask you to officially investigate the deadly Coronavirus. The world needs to know the details behind the spread of this deadly virus so everyone understands exactly how this was started. The world deserves to know who was responsible so future pandemics of this nature can be prevented.

“China’s outright and extreme politicization of this horrible disease is outrageous, unacceptable, and dangerous. That politicization has already spread panic across the world. The Chinese-led hysteria has roiled markets, and disrupted everyday life for millions of Americans and citizens of other countries around the world…the media are creating panic and blaming your administration. All of this could have been prevented if the Chinese government had merely exercised its responsibility in containing this disease and sharing more information sooner.”
From an open letter to President Donald Trump released by the Media Research Center on behalf of 39 leaders in the conservative movement

“We can only be certain that shutting down virtually every part of society will result in a large number of people economically ruined, life savings depleted, decades of work building a restaurant or some other small business destroyed. As if that were not bad enough, the ancillary effects would include increased depression and divorce and other personal tragedies. The effects of closing schools for weeks or months will include family chaos, vast numbers of bored young people, health care providers who will have to stay home and more. Yet young people are the least likely people to become ill from the virus.”
Nationally-syndicated radio talk show host Dennis Prager

“To put the left’s complete idiocy in perspective, you won’t find anyone on that side of the political persuasion disagreeing with any sort of social distancing proposals, right down to declaring martial law and banning all nonessential people movement on pain of felony. They’re perfectly happy to shut down the entire U.S. economy in the name of fighting coronavirus for as long as necessary, with absolutely no regard for the people THAT action will hurt. However, there IS one thing no true leftist would ever agree to do, under any circumstances, no matter how dangerous the costs could be for not doing so – close the U.S. / Mexico border.”
Scott Morefield,  a reporter for The Daily Caller and a weekly columnist at Townhall

“Our first concern is with everyone’s well-being so our customers, our employees, we will do whatever we can to help educate and make it more safe for people. But there’s no hiding behind the fact that this will be a tremendous economic hardship for the thousands of people who work for us.”
Tavern League of Wisconsin spokesman Scott Stenger after Gov. Tony Evers on Monday banned gatherings of 50 people or more, requiring bars and restaurants to limit their patrons

“Our staff, who is our family, and our businesses are at tremendous personal risk. There are few workers in the state of Wisconsin who are as vulnerable and as valuable as the artists, artisans and creative forces that fuel our businesses. We in the hospitality industry are at a loss when we are not able to serve others. We are asking you and trusting you, the Governor, to help guide us and take action as soon as possible.”
In Madison, a statement—first posted by Francesca Hong, the chef and owner of Morris Ramen—to Gov. Tony Evers asking to help the restaurant industry. The statement asks for the administration to support emergency unemployment benefits to all hourly and salaried workers furloughed; eliminate sales, use and payroll taxes; and call for rent and loan abatement for workers and employers.
“Thank you for the letter, but Tony Evers & Andrea Palm are failures. Not including factories, department/grocery stores, childcare, etc only allows the problem to grow. Evers & Palm have dropped the axe on thousands of service industry people. He should declare martial law or claim to be a dictator.”
A post on Instagram by appletonbartender reacting to Hong’s statement

“It’s really a scary situation for us because if we don’t work, we don’t eat.”
Miguel Aguirre, a janitor at San Francisco’s Boys and Girls Club

“You’re not going to have a functioning health care system if the folks in the medical field, the doctors, the nurses, the techs, everyone has to stay home with their kids.”
NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio as New York City officials kept the nation’s largest school system open to ensure that health and emergency workers aren’t tied down with kids at home

“It would be a hardship if they closed the schools, but I think it’s a necessary one we need to take in the space of this emergency.”
NYC parent Anna Gold, who pulled her third-grader and kindergartner out of public schools in Brooklyn and planned  to keep them home

“I don’t know what my football future holds, but it is time for me to open a new stage for my life and my career. Although my football journey will take place elsewhere, I appreciate everything that we have achieved and am grateful for our incredible TEAM experiences.”
Tom Brady, who turns 43 in August, announced he will no longer play for the New England Patriots

OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK

The world is a standstill

MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK

The coronavirus is killing far more men than women

MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK

Majority in poll believes Trump handling virus well, but media rips him anyway

MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK

Dating Gets Complicated In The Time of Coronavirus: ‘Things Were Going Alright Until I Sneezed’

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