I see what is becoming familiar behavior with the President and the press. For whatever his faults, he is trying to give people hope, even if that hope is not statistically or factually supported. Then he gets corrected by either the press or his own staff and he blows up. Nothing wrong with trying to instill hope but it has to be factually supportable. And it is not the job of the press to be either optimistic or pessimistic, that is for the citizenry to decide.
I don't know about you but I would rather not get false hope. Because when somebody lies to me or distorts the truth I tend to never believe them again. Well meaning or not, I hate being manipulated. But our president is nothing if not a salesman, in fact it is his only superpower and salesmen like to stretch the truth and get people emotionally motivated. He will never change. But it is dangerous in times like this when people need tests and masks and ventilators and he says there are no problems getting them and there obviously are. I prefer to have people, no matter how well meaning, not bullshit me.
I read a story that mentions the Uline company this morning, I have bought from them for the store. Uline doesn't want their workers to tell other workers if they are sick. Bad for morale.
And in the Midwest, Uline, a major distributor of packaging materials and industrial supplies, kept its work force going through the week, despite complaints from employees, including those crowded into its call centers, working side-by-side in cubicles.“Nothing’s really changed,” one employee said. “It’s just nerve-racking.” Employees received an email Thursday from the Uihlein Family, owners of the $5.8 billion company and big donors to Republican causes, thanking them for their efforts and saying that the “White House called upon us twice with huge orders” this week.The same day, a manager at one Uline call center sent a note to employees.“If you, or family members, are under the weather with cold/allergies — or anything aside from Covid-19,” it read, “please do NOT tell your peers about the symptoms & your assumptions. By doing so, you are causing unnecessary panic in the office.”My first question would be, how do I know if I have the virus if I can't get a test? Many people can not. And I also think about the few times I have worked for companies that tried to legislate how I think and speak. That didn't last very long. And I won't be buying much from Uline anymore. Here's another from them.