Articles by Catherine Smith

Huge Ratings: Millions of Americans Watching Donald Trump’s Daily White House Briefings

President Donald Trump’s daily White House coronavirus briefings have drawn huge ratings, Breitbart reports. The New York Times reports, Nielsen registered 12.2 million people watched Trump’s briefing on CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, and additional millions more are watching on ABC, CBS, NBC and online streaming sites. These ratings are similar to those of “Monday […]

UK: 500 Transit Police Activated to Prevent Unnecessary Travel

British Transport Police Tuesday night ordered 500 officers to patrol the rail network and warn passengers they should only use trains or the Tube for essential journeys during the coronavirus outbreak, Fox News reports. The day before images of packed London Underground carriages emerged stoking fears the coronavirus could easily spread on public transport. According […]

BuzzFeed to Cut Salaries due to Coronavirus Outbreak

The Hill reports, BuzzFeed announced salary cuts for its employees as the websites prepares for a significant financial loss from the coronavirus outbreak. Jonah Peretti, the site’s co-founder and CEO, announced the salary cuts Wednesday informing staff that the organization would institute a graduated salary reduction for the majority of the company for April and […]

Twitter: Chinese Spox’s Coronavirus Disinfo, Conspiracy Theories Don’t Violate Policies

Coronavirus disinformation and conspiracy theories spread by senior Chinese government officials does not violate Twitter’s terms of service, a company representative said Monday. According to The Daily Caller, “Chinese state officials who spread propaganda online accusing the United States of planting coronavirus into Wuhan, China, are not violating Twitter’s terms of service, according to a […]

California Releases Inmates to Stop ‘Overcrowding’

California  is releasing inmates from its jails to prevent the spread of coronavirus in close quarters but also moving homeless people to recreation centers in residential areas, Breitbart reports. According to the Los Angeles Times, law enforcement officials have accelerated efforts to release inmates from Los Angeles County. The LA County Sheriff’s Department “has reduced […]

Monmouth poll: Media Registers Lower Job Approval than Trump Amid Coronavirus Crisis

The media gets lower approval ratings on its performance than President Trump regarding its handling of the global coronavirus pandemic, according to a new poll released Monday from Monmouth University. According to the poll, 50% of Americans approve of President Trump’s performance during the coronavirus outbreak, while 45% said he has done a “bad job, […]

Chinese Ambassador Praises Hillary Clinton’s Attack on Trump

Breitbart reports, a Chinese ambassador praised Hillary Clinton for scolding President Donald Trump. “The president is turning to racist rhetoric to distract from his failures to take the coronavirus seriously early on, make tests widely available, and adequately prepare the country for a period of crisis,” Clinton wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. “Don’t fall for […]

L.A. to Move Homeless into Neighborhood Recreation Centers

As the city goes under a stay-at-home order issued Thursday, Breitbart reports, Mayor Eric Garcetti is going ahead with a plan to move thousands of homeless people in Los Angeles into recreation centers in residential neighborhoods as part of the city’s effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. The Los Angeles’s mayor announced […]

Lawsuit Seeks Release of Immigrant Families Due to Virus Risk

According to Politico, “A new lawsuit argues that illegal  immigrant families being held under the Trump administration’s family detention policy should be released immediately because they are at grave risk of contracting the coronavirus due to conditions in those facilities.” The lawsuit filed in Washington, D.C. by legal groups RAICES, Rapid Defense Network, and ALDEA—The […]

Trump to Partially Restrict US-Mexico Border Entry

ABC News reports “The U.S.-Mexico border will be temporarily closed to nonessential travel starting Saturday to further help stem the spread of the coronavirus, President Donald Trump announced Friday.” “As we did with Canada, we’re also working with Mexico to implement new rules at our ports of entry to suspend non-essential travel,” Trump said. “These […]

LA’s Cannabis Dispensaries ‘Essential’ Under Emergency Coronavirus Order

The “safer at home” emergency order recently announced by Los Angeles County and the cities within its borders at a Thursday news conference requires all indoor malls, shopping centers, playgrounds and nonessential retail businesses to close effective midnight tonight through at least April 19, The New York Post reports. However officials in Los Angeles are […]

UK Illegal Boat Migrants Received Coronavirus Tests While NHS Staff Were Refused

Breitbart reports, “dozens of illegal boat migrants have been arriving in England and receiving coronavirus tests — while many healthcare workers were being refused.” “In line with Public Health England guidance, Border Force and all operational staff have the relevant Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) available to them,” said a Home Office spokesman, in comments reported […]

Baltimore Mayor Urges Residents to Stop Shooting Each Other to Keep Hospital Beds Open

The Daily Caller reports, Baltimore Mayor Jack Young urged residents to stop shooting each other and stay home as the coronavirus pandemic threatens to overwhelm hospitals. Baltimore Mayor begs residents to stop shooting each other and 'clogging up' hospital beds — Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) March 18, 2020 Young addressed the city Wednesday, after […]

House Republicans Oppose Remote Voting During Crisis

According to The Hill, “top Republicans in the House are resisting calls to let lawmakers vote remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic.” On Tuesday Republicans cited security concerns arguing remote voting would not be feasible. “I absolutely do not support remote voting. We have a job to do and we must do it,” one senior […]

Jussie Smollett Prosecutor Kim Foxx Wins Democrat Primary

Attorney Kim Foxx declared victory after the Democratic primary for Illinois’ Cook County state’s attorney race on Tuesday, beating several other challengers who had focused on the controversy surrounding her handling of the Jussie Smollett case, according to Fox News. Last year, Foxx, widely known as a criminal justice reformer, came under heavy criticism and […]