Fauci responds

Fauci responds to Trump tweet: ‘I have not been misleading the American public’ – New York Post

July 28, 2020 | 11:39am | Updated July 28, 2020 | 3:50pm

Dr. Anthony Fauci on Tuesday pushed back at President Trump for suggesting that he had misled Americans in his role as the nation’s top infectious diseases expert and member of the White House coronavirus pandemic task force.

Asked on ABC’s “Good Morning America” about the president’s retweeting a post claiming Fauci has “misled the American public on many issues,” the doctor offered a strong retort.

“’I have not been misleading the American public under any circumstances,” the 79-year-old said.

“I don’t tweet. I don’t even read them so I don’t really want to go there,” Fauci said on GMA. “I just will continue to do my job no matter what comes out because I think it’s very important.”

Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, added that he would “certainly continue” to do his job.

“We’re in the middle of a crisis with regard to an epidemic, a pandemic, this is what I do, this is what I’ve been trained for my entire professional life, and I’ll continue to do it,” he said.

The top expert recently also rejected Trump’s characterization of him as “a little bit of an alarmist” about the pandemic – saying he prefers to think of himself as “a realist.”

Fauci’s comments came after the president fired off a series of tweets Monday night in defense of anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for the deadly bug.

One of the messages Trump retweeted — and was later removed by Twitter– included a woman who claimed to be a Houston doctor surrounded by others in white lab coats who called themselves “America’s Frontline Doctors.”

Conservative media outlet Breitbart News published the video of the group standing outside the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, as they staged a press conference.

In the post — which has since been flagged by Twitter and removed from the Trump’s feed – the group advocated for the medication and discouraging people from wearing face masks, according to the news outlet.

The woman asserted that “you don’t need masks” to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and argued that recent studies showing hydroxychloroquine is ineffective against the virus are “fake science” sponsored by “fake pharma companies.”

“This virus has a cure, it’s called hydroxychloroquine, zinc and Zithromax,” the woman said. “You don’t need masks, there is a cure.”

Her claims run in contrast to several studies on the drug and advice from a number of public health officials to prevent spread of the disease.

“The overwhelming prevailing clinical trials that have looked at the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine have indicated that it is not effective in [treating the] coronavirus disease,” Fauci said Tuesday.

The video garnered over 14 million views before it was taken down Monday night for “sharing false information.”

“We removed this video for sharing false information about cures and treatments for COVID-19,” a Facebook rep told The Post in an email.

Twitter also worked to remove the video Monday night.

“Tweets with the video are in violation of our COVID-19 misinformation policy,” a Twitter rep told The Post. “We are continuing to take action on new and existing Tweets with the video.”

By early Tuesday, the videos were no longer able to be viewed on the president’s account.

Twitter also took action on a version of the footage posted by Donald Trump Jr. and others.

YouTube also yanked the video after it had been viewed more than 40,000 times.

According to the website for America’s Frontline Doctors, the group is led by LA-based emergency medicine specialist Dr. Simone Gold.

In May, she told The Associated Press that she wanted to speak out against stay-home orders because there was “no scientific basis that the average American should be concerned” about the pandemic.

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Billboard responds

Billboard Responds to Tekashi 6ix9ine’s Corruption Claim After New Song Debuts at No. 3 – Pitchfork

On May 8, Tekashi 6ix9ine released “GOOBA,” his first new song following his release from prison last month. Earlier today (May 18), Billboard reported that “GOOBA” landed at No. 3 on the the Billboard Hot 100 chart, following Doja Cat and Nicki Minaj’s “Say So” at No. 2 and Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber’s “Stuck With U” at No. 1. Prior to the announcement of “GOOBA”’s No. 3 chart position, 6ix9ine posted a video on his Instagram account, accusing Billboard of manipulating the charts.

The video shows 6ix9ine scrolling through an unidentified chart forecasting site on his phone, and noticing that “Stuck With U” jumped from No. 5 to No. 1 over night. Earlier today, 6ix9ine made another post accusing Billboard of dishonest chart calculations. “@Billboard caught cheating,” he wrote, adding: “You’re a lie and corrupt. You got caught cheating and the world will know.” Now, Billboard has published a response to 6ix9ine’s accusations.

In an article titled “How Billboard Came to Its Calculations in This Week’s Race For the Hot 100 No. 1,” the Billboard staff detail their process for determining the Hot 100 chart. “In the interest of transparency, Billboard wanted to clear up the Hot 100’s chart rules and tabulation process, the calculations that go into the determinations of its final rankings, and the stats accumulated by the two singles that marked this week’s highest debuts,” Billboard wrote. They went on to specifically address every accusation made by 6ix9ine in his social media posts.

Billboard clarified that the discrepancy between YouTube’s visible number of plays for “GOOBA” include global plays, while Billboard only counts U.S.-based plays for its charts.

In response to the Hot 100 forecast 6ix9ine referenced in his Instagram video, Billboard wrote:

The chart forecast referenced was not created nor provided by Billboard to the industry. Those with access to sales, streaming and radio data from various sources often create their own chart models and update them at their own frequency. Billboard does not distribute any Hot 100 ranking forecast to labels, management or artists.

They also addressed the late 24-hour sales spike for “Stuck With U,” stating:

“Stuck With U” was available to purchase through the week as a digital download, as well as in various physical format/digital download combinations through Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber’s webstores. The sales spike is likely referring to sales on Thursday, May 14—the final day of the tracking week—when signed “Stuck With U” singles were put up for sale in Grande and Bieber’s webstores.

A signed single or album is an accepted form of sales available to any artist and has been noted repeatedly within Billboard chart stories when such items have impacted the Hot 100. 6ix9ine, meanwhile, released a non-signed CD single/digital download on the last day of the tracking week via his webstore.

As noted in this week’s story announcing the results on the latest Hot 100, “Stuck With U” sold 108,000 in the tracking week ending May 14 and “Gooba” sold 24,000, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

Regarding 6ix9ine’s claims that “six credit cards” were responsible for a large percentage of the “Stuck With U” sales, Billboard writes:

Billboard and Nielsen Music/MRC Data conducts audits on all sales reported with access to purchase-level detail, and works with data partners to recognize excessive bulk purchases and remove those units from the final sales total. All titles this week, as in every week, were put under the same scrutiny. (Billboard has reached out to Fame House/Bravado, retailer and reporter of director-to-consumer sales, for further comment about the sales data provided for “Stuck With U.”)

Read Billboard’s full repor

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Trump Responds To Obama criticism: ‘He Was An Incompetent President’ | NBC Nightly News – NBC News

Published on 17-May-2020

President Trump called his predecessor “grossly incompetent” in response to former President Obama’s criticism of the administration’s pandemic response during two commencement addresses. Obama had said the pandemic has “torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they’re doing.”» Subscribe to NBC News:

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George responds

George Karl responds to Michael Jordan over ’96 NBA Finals encounter: ‘I stiffed him’ – Fox News

Michael Jordan’s first full season back after his first retirement was historic for many reasons and was capped off with an NBA title run as the Chicago Bulls defeated the Seattle SuperSonics in the 1996 NBA Finals.

Jordan didn’t exactly need the extra motivation but he still got it when SuperSonics coach George Karl snubbed him at a restaurant before the start of the Finals. He said it helped give him the edge.


“He walked right past me,” Jordan said. “I said, ‘It’s a crock of s—t.’ We went to Carolina. You know Dean Smith. … You’re gonna do this? OK, fine. That’s all I needed. That’s all I needed — for him to do that — and it became personal with me.”

After that episode of the “Last Dance”, Karl talked about his actions on SiriusXM NBA Radio.

“We take it to the team that we don’t want any socializing with Michael,” Karl said. “So after that speech, I run into Michael … if I go see Michael, I’m breaking the code with my team. If I don’t go see Michael, he’s probably gonna use it. And I stiffed him.”


Karl believes he made the right call, and he admitted that he “didn’t know it would be that much of a big deal.”

Jordan used it as motivation and averaged 27.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists in the series. The Bulls defeated the SuperSonics, 4-2, and captured their fourth NBA championship, and capped off their historic 72-win season.

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.

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