Birx

Dr. Deborah Birx is making quite a name for herself at the Daily Coronavirus Briefings.  She is poised, knowledgeable and professional.  No wonder; she is a former Army Colonel who studied HIV/Aids for the Dept. of Defense at Walter Reed.   She is winning many fans.

Mass media, you know, the Enemy of the People, aka Talking Snake Media, all seemed to notice her today.

https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2020-03-25/deborah-birx-aids-researcher-coronavirus-messaging-for-trump-administration

https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2020/03/25/821706744/social-distancing-is-personal-for-wh-virus-honcho-dr-deborah-birx?ft=nprml&f=

https://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/coronavirus-trump-who-is-deborah-birx-task-force

https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/mar/25/dr-deborah-birx-earns-applause-from-vast-majority-/

There are many other examples besides these.  She gave a five-minute interview to Christian Broadcasting Network’s “Faith Nation” show, which led their broadcast today:

The thing that triggered the flood of media attention was the way she made illness personal.   Here is the NPR account:

Birx said she remembered the guilt borne by her grandmother, whom she said caught the flu as a child during the 1918 pandemic, known by many Americans as the “Spanish flu,” and then passed the disease along to her family.

The girl’s mother fell sick and died, Birx said — something that stayed with her for the rest of her life.

“She never forgot that she was the child who was in school who innocently brought that flu home shortly after her mother delivered,” Birx said. “My grandmother lived with that for 88 years … this is not a theoretical. This is a reality.”

 

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9 thoughts on “Birx”

  1. I’m living with it now.  My daughter got home last Wednesday and I still haven’t seen her entire face, and won’t be able to hug and kiss her till NEXT Wednesday.  Because, as she says, she would have to live with it forever if she infected us and we died.

    Thanks, China! you filthy  evil vermin-eating  giant.

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  2. All our kids must have read the same thing. Guilt-phobia is off the charts with mine.

    I love listening to Dr. Birx. If the media attack her because she’s part of Trump’s ‘team’, the media will lose bigly.

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  3. 10 Cents:
    I fear this the most. I am afraid that I could be a carrier and not know it. Without a test how can you be sure?

    This is exactly what is sorely needed. It has become fairly routine to create rapid (often immunofluorescent) antibody tests which would reveal exactly that- who have been infected – either without symptoms or in a state of convalescence after illness (mild or worse). Such tests mix a test antibody containing a fluorescent label with a sample to subject’s serum. Antigen or antibody is reliably found in the serum of any person infected – since everyone who has been infected – whether or not they every develop symptoms – will have detectable viral antigen (early) and then anti-viral antibodies produced by the host a few days later; either or both are persistent for at least weeks after infection/ These should be detectable rapidly with such tests. No 3 – 4 day waits. On site, not sent out to a distant lab. I think the technology is sufficiently well-established that these tests could be made in large numbers, rapidly.

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  4. Trump thinks in terms of stories to communicate. The “Virus Killers” is his new drama, drawing killer ratings.

    All stories have to have compelling characters well played by humans who can delivery empathy, confidence and humor.

    Dr Birx is  the new star of the show. She is eclipsing Dr Fauci. Mike Pence is the rock steady captain and POTUS is the host.

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  5. TKC 1101:
    Trump thinks in terms of stories to communicate. The “Virus Killers” is his new drama, drawing killer ratings.

    All stories have to have compelling characters well played by humans who can delivery empathy, confidence and humor.

    Dr Birx is  the new star of the show. She is eclipsing Dr Fauci. Mike Pence is the rock steady captain and POTUS is the host.

    Yes.  Dr. Birx is a compelling personality in a tailor-made role.  She has risen quite high on the basis of hard work for many years.  Plus, being a woman clicked a needed intersectionality point, which was part of why President Obama put her at the top of international coordination to fight HIV/Aids, even though she is a Republican.

    Trump could not have found a better choice, even if he launched a national casting call by the highest-quality management consultants, and even if they used Romney’s binders full of women.

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  6. Pencilvania:
    All our kids must have read the same thing. Guilt-phobia is off the charts with mine.

    I love listening to Dr. Birx. If the media attack her because she’s part of Trump’s ‘team’, the media will lose bigly.

    Oh, mass media have collectively decided that they have to portray Dr. Birx as a good guy, even if she is on Team Trump.  You can tell; they broadcast their approval in the shallowest of asides, when they compliment her style in dresses or admire her scarf.

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  7. MJBubba:

    Pencilvania:
    All our kids must have read the same thing. Guilt-phobia is off the charts with mine.

    I love listening to Dr. Birx. If the media attack her because she’s part of Trump’s ‘team’, the media will lose bigly.

    Oh, mass media have collectively decided that they have to portray Dr. Birx as a good guy, even if she is on Team Trump.  You can tell; they broadcast their approval in the shallowest of asides, when they compliment her style in dresses or admire her scarf.

    She DO love de scarves!  I like ‘em too, but usually not worn as a shawl, that’s kinda granny-ish.  But then that may be what people want.  Sure worx for Birx!

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