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
VILLAINS OF THE WEEK
The NY Times
The New York Times was forced to correct an article about COVID-19 vaccinations for children after it grossly overreported the number of kids who have been hospitalized with the virus.
In the Wednesday article “A New Vaccine Strategy for Children: Just One Dose, for Now,” one of the outlet’s science and global health reporters originally claimed that “nearly 900,000 children have been hospitalized with Covid-19 since the pandemic began, and about 520 have died.”
One day after publication, however, the Times changed the article text to claim that “63,000 children were hospitalized with Covid-19 from August 2020 to October 2021, and at least 520 have died.” That’s 837,000 fewer severely sick kids than the article first reported.
QUOTES OF THE WEEK
“Milwaukee needs new leadership, and the people need it now. Milwaukeeans deserve better than a leader who has already checked out. Mayor Barrett hasn’t done enough to stop out-of-control crime. He has one foot out the door while he waits for Washington to confirm him to his ambassadorship. Wisconsin families continue to pay the price.
“If we want to stop crime in Wisconsin’s largest cities from spilling into the rest of the state, we need to get serious about this problem now. That means we need to hire more law enforcement officers and surge State Patrol into high crime areas. Wisconsin liberals like Tom Barrett aren’t taking crime seriously — as governor, I will.”
Former Wisconsin Lt. Gov. and gubernatorial candidate Rebecca Kleefisch called on Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett to resign
“He looks fragile up there. He’s not a long-ball hitter. I can tell you that. He does not hit the long ball. It’s hard to watch. I mean, to be honest with you, it’s hard to watch. You’re on pins and needles. ‘Cause you just don’t know. When does the blow-up occur? He’s not the sharpest guy.”
Donald Trump on Joe Biden
“How incoherent can Biden be? He says Trump’s ‘reckless’ spending got us in trouble, yet he wants to spend more than has ever been spent in the history of the world? This administration’s policies and messaging are more puerile than a petulant child.”
“Over the course of this year, Democratic leaders have made conflicting promises that could not all be kept — and have, at times, pretended that differences of opinion within our party did not exist, even when those disagreements were repeatedly made clear directly and publicly. Canceling the infrastructure vote further erodes that trust.”
Democrat Senator Kyrsten Sinema
“I don’t think they’re appropriate tactics but it happens to everybody. … It’s a part of the process.”
Joe Biden regarding activist harassment toward Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema
“If this isn’t a deliberate attempt to chill parents from showing up at school board meetings for their elected school boards, I don’t know what is. I’m not aware of anything like this in American history… You’re using the FBI to intervene in school board meetings!”
Senator Josh Hawley
“We’re able to borrow because we always pay our debt. We always pay what we owe. We’ve never failed . … Raising the debt limit is about paying off our old debts.”
“The Build Back Better Agenda costs $0. The plan will ensure the ultra-wealthy pay their fair share and won’t raise taxes on anyone making less than $400K a year. That’s a big deal.”
The White House
“It is an assumption that [it’s] okay to get infected and to get mild and moderate disease, as long as you don’t wind up in the hospital and die. And I have to be open and honest: I reject that.”
Dr. Anthony Fauci
“I’ve known Anthony Fauci for years. I worked with him during the Reagan Administration, and he was a problematic bureaucrat even then. He is nothing more than a political hack with authoritarian impulses who is doing tremendous damage to the public health agencies of our nation.”
“Yes, it’s possible for men to become pregnant and give birth to children of their own. In fact, it’s probably a lot more common than you might think.”
“The political party that drones on endlessly about the need to police ‘misinformation’ online is the same one that absolutely insists men can get pregnant.”
He particularly hated The Atlantic’s story, in which editor Jeff Goldberg claimed without evidence to have anonymous sources saying Trump called war dead “suckers” and “losers” and “did not believe it important to honor American war dead.”
While the story had no basis in fact and was refuted by dozens of on-the-record sources, it was widely accepted by corporate media and was even mentioned in a presidential debate.
“That was the one that angered me the most,” he said, visibly pained. If he’d ever said anything like that in front of members of the military, there would have been a fight, he said. “Think of it. I’m standing there with generals and people in the military. Just from a common-sense standpoint, we’re all smart people,” he said. “If I said that in front of generals, I would say, despite the fact that I’m president of the United States, there would be fisticuffs. You understand that?”
Donald Trump on fake news, from Mollie Hemingway’s latest book “Rigged: How The Media, Big Tech, and the Democrats Seized Our Elections,” out October 12.
“Look, at the end of the day, sentences should be long. There needs to be profound punishment for taking a human life, for example. In my mind, 20 years is arguably still too short in many cases.
“Does this create challenges in our prison system? Absolutely. However, if we’re worried about things like prison overcrowding, releasing violent criminals back out onto the streets probably isn’t the place to start. Maybe start with reviewing how to look at victimless crimes as a starter.
“But murderers? Yeah, sorry bro, that’s where you’re going to lose me. Same with other violent criminals. Most of them can rot in prison for eternity for all I care. After all, if they’re locked up in prison, they’re not out on the street shooting and killing people. Not only that, but they’re serving as a warning to others that if they murder, they face a long time behind bars. While that doesn’t dissuade a lot of people, it does keep others from crossing the line, regardless of how tempting it may feel.
“These guys being locked up for a long time is a good thing. Punishment is one purpose of sentencing, but deterrence is another. Frankly, it works, too.”
Blogger Tom Knighton, Navy veteran, a former newspaperman, a novelist
“I think it’s like any other thing, you either change or die. In football, you have certain rules. And when the rules change, if you don’t conform to them, you’re out of the game. Now, everybody has a voice. You have to change the material to the times you live in. My attitude is, ‘Look, these are the new rules. You want to adapt. If you don’t, fine. Don’t get up and tell jokes then.’”
Comedian Jay Leno on the era of cancel culture
“Stop! Don’t ever cave to the mob—ever. And the football analogy is trash as well. You still can’t commit pass interference, there’s still offsides, there’s still neutral zone infractions, and there are still first downs.
“When it comes to dealing with the woke regime on anything and political corrections, young comedians should listen to Bill Maher and not Leno. Everyone needs to relax, and it doesn’t help that Jay Leno pretty much rubber-stamped cancel culture here or at least kowtowing to it. Again, who does he care? He’s already loaded. Is the guy bored being away from the late-night desk already?
“Never cave to these people—double-down if anything.”
Townhall.com’s Matt Vespa
OUTRAGE OF THE WEEK
These are also candidates for outrages of the year:
MOST UNDER-REPORTED STORY OF THE WEEK
MOST OVER-HYPED STORY OF THE WEEK
School board opponents are domestic terrorists
MOST UNUSUAL STORY OF THE WEEK