A.P. FACT CHECK: Trump Falsely Says Ventilators Coming “Fast”
That headline is currently featured at the Google News aggregator. The lying liars at Associated Press are saying that Trump is lying. The only evidence they give amounts to them guessing that, when the new ventilators start arriving, then the Associated Press will judge that the amount of elapsed time, whatever it is, will not qualify as “fast.”
They are the Opposition Party. I agree with Abraham Hamilton III when he slams the “Talking Snake Media,” which I find to be an apt description for this sort of “journalism.” They are, in the words of President Trump, the Enemy of the People.
From the A.P. article:
President Donald Trump is falsely claiming that automakers including GM, Ford and Tesla are pitching in to manufacture medical ventilators “fast” to help fill an acute U.S. shortage of the medical equipment for coronavirus patients.
Ford and GM have yet to start, and it would take them months, if not longer, to begin production, if it’s even possible.
A look at the claim:
TRUMP: “Ford, General Motors and Tesla are being given the go ahead to make ventilators and other metal products, FAST! @fema Go for it auto execs, lets see how good you are?” — tweet Sunday.
TRUMP, on addressing a shortage of ventilators: “General Motors, Ford, so many companies — I had three calls yesterday directly, without having to institute like: `You will do this’ — these companies are making them right now.” — briefing Saturday.
THE FACTS: No automaker is anywhere close to making medical gear such as ventilators and remain months away — if not longer. Nor do the car companies need the president’s permission to move forward.
Neither GM or Ford is building ventilators at present, while Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweeted Friday that his company was “working on ventilators” but he didn’t specify how long it might take. His tweets also questioned the need and said it couldn’t be done immediately.
Redirecting plants to make completely different products, in fact, will take a long time and a huge effort — possibly too long for some companies to help with medical gear shortages.
“When you are repurposing a factory, it really depends on how similar the new product is to the existing products in your product line,” said Kaitlin Wowak, a professor at the University of Notre Dame who focuses on industrial supply chains. “It’s going to be a substantial pivot to start producing an entirely different item.”
They are implying that entire automobile assembly plants would be re-directed to making ventilators. That is a stupid idea, and is just the sort of error we have come to expect from journalists. What would be needed would be to take the parts factory that assembles the automobile air-conditioning systems to switch a production line to making ventilators. Since the parts needed are very similar, which was professor Wowak’s remark, I don’t think the delay needs to be as long as Associated Press is guessing. Automotive air conditioning systems feature a lot of know-how and capabilities regarding plastic housings, air hoses, electric blower fans, temperature and pressure sensors, etc.; all of which sound like components of a ventilator to me. The only additional features would be oxygen and face masks or airway tubes, and those can be sourced separately.
Associated Press continues:
GM announced on Friday that it is working with ventilator maker Ventec Life Systems to ramp up production. The automaker said it would help with logistics, purchasing and manufacturing, but stopped short of saying it would make ventilators in its own factories, which have been idled for two weeks after workers who’d been fearful of the contagion put pressure on the company.
So does GM giving an assist to one of its parts suppliers make Trump’s statement into a falsehood? Associated Press has overreached in order to issue a “false” label against President Trump. These slimeballs are simply campaigning against the President in their continuing effort to try to prevent his re-election. In the (ought to be famous) words of Mollie Z. Hemingway, this is “journalistic malpractice.”
Continuing further down the A.P. article:
Trump said last week that he invoked the Korean War-era Defense Production Act, which allows the government to marshal the private sector to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. But he did not give examples as to how he was using it.
On Sunday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House coronavirus task force, indicated that Trump had not used the act to trigger production of medical equipment.
“What the president was saying is that these companies are coming forth on their own,” Fauci told CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
This is just throwing dirt in the air to make any readers think their was some substance to their original cry of “Falsely.” So what if the provisions of the Defense Production Act are not yet triggered? Just the President’s word that he will invoke the Act if it is needed should be enough, and, in fact, so far it is enough in fact.
Associated Press is diving into nuance and precision, and ignoring the plain language. In the process they have soiled themselves with a new shameful misleading attack against President Trump.