Associated Press falsely fact-checks Trump

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.”

Shameful business.

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.

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3 thoughts on “Associated Press falsely fact-checks Trump”

  1. https://www.usatoday.com/story/money/cars/2020/03/24/ford-ge-healthcare-3-m-coronavirus-covid-19-ventilators-respirators/2907167001/

    Ford Motor Company announced Tuesday that it will join the effort to “speed production” of respirators to help fight the coronavirus pandemic.

    The Dearborn, Michigan-based automaker said in a statement that it’s collaborating with 3M to manufacture “Powered Air-Purifying Respirators.” The two are working on a “new design leveraging parts from both companies,” according to Ford.

    It is possible Ford will produce the new respirator in a Ford facility in Michigan.

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  2. Note on terminology (since media reports are so quick to ‘clarify’ and contradict others, never themselves). The AP article conflates ventilators and respirators, which are two very different things. The former are complicated, computer-controlled, precision devices; the latter simply air pumps or fans with filters. The heart of a ventilator is a highly precise air pump (a bellows in early designs and even some today) which applies positive pressure to the patient’s airway so as to inflate the lungs. In the ICU setting, it is connected to an endotracheal tube, which has a balloon around the circumference of the tube at the end located in the trachea. This balloon forms a seal, so air under pressure inflates the lungs rather than escape around the tube whose open end is in the trachea. When the inspiratory pressure stops, the elastic recoil of the lungs and chest wall result in exhalation – the air leaves the lungs passively; it is not sucked out by the ventilator. Sophisticated ventilators do several other important things – like keep a small positive pressure in place at the end of exhalation. Called PEEP (positive end-expiratory pressure), this modality helps keep alveoli open and specifically helps oxygenation of blood in patients suffering from the type of hypoxia resulting from Covid-19 (and some cases of flu).

    The sophistication of a modern ventilator is also important for patient comfort. When first invented, ventilators were simply bellows-type air pumps which could force a certain pressure of air into the lungs a certain number of times per minute. In the old days, patients were sometimes not well sedated and having a small garden hose-sized tube stuck down one’s throat is unpleasant, to say the least. In addition, since the machine pumped mechanically and metronomically, regardless of whether or not the patient was breathing on their own, this added to the patient’s discomfort. Imagine: you are feeling short of breath and try to take a breath; the machine’s next scheduled breath is 3 seconds away; you try to breathe. No air comes in. You are, in effect, trying to suck air in though a stoppered hose with high resistance to air flow and feel suffocated intermittently. Alternatively, you are breathing and have just filled your lungs; just as they are fully expanded, the machine gives you your next inspiration – filling them even further! You get the picture.

    Since those rather horrible beginnings, things have improved dramatically. Ventilators now can operate in several modes. Usually these modes guarantee that a minimum volume of air with a set concentration of oxygen will move in and out of the lungs every minute. However, patients are much better sedated for comfort than in the old days, and the machines sense and allow for the patient’s spontaneous breathing. No longer is the patient prevented from drawing air at any time. No longer will the machine overinflate the lungs by supplying a full volume breath on top of the patient’s inhalation. They are much more comfortable and humane. The point is thus made clear: this is a very sophisticated, complicated, high precision device.

    A respirator, on the other hand is merely a ducted fan or blower of some kind which is plumbed so as to remove exhaled all air from behind a helmet, mask or face shield of some kind and direct it through filters away from whatever the operator is doing. Such devices are commonly used in operating rooms during joint replacement surgery to reduce the possibility that the surgeon’s exhaled breath contains microbes. With Covid-19, such devices are most useful to filter the exhaled air of those who are sick in the hospital, but not so sick as to require ventilation. Other respirators are designed conversely: to provide filtered air for breathing by health care workers so as to filter out microbes from their inhaled air when they work in the vicinity of infected patients.

    So, as usual, AP – first to criticize anyone they don’t like with ‘clarifications’ or ‘facts’, can’t be bothered to make a rather important distinction between two devices spoken of by the President. It is apparent to anyone with a functioning cerebral cortex (not you, good ol’ Joe!) the entire point of the article was not to inform readers about matters pertinent to the national obsession, but, as is the thrust of most all MSM reporting, to poison the well of the President. If they get their wish and things fall apart, I hope these fifth-columnists (that is what they are when they credit and tout ChiCom lies/propaganda, but work continuously to undermine the President) recall what happened to those who collaborated with the enemy at the end of WWII. BTW, let’s ask the residents of the small town on the Hudson in NY if the name coxsackievirus is racist? That, the MSM deems to be far more important than reporting factually about ventilators and respirators so their readers understand what is being discussed.

    Sorry for the rant. I need to ventilate!

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