Daily Archives: August 1, 2020

United States of Conspiracy (full film) | FRONTLINE


Jul 28, 2020

How trafficking in conspiracy theories went from the fringes of U.S. politics into the White House. An investigation of the alliance among conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, longtime Trump associate Roger Stone and the president — and their role in the battle over truth and lies.

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As the coronavirus pandemic continues, America reckons with racism and the 2020 election looms, “United States of Conspiracy” investigates how Jones and InfoWars, Stone, and Trump helped to lay the foundation for conspiracy theories to take center stage in America’s national conversation, how the idea of truth itself became part of America’s divide, and what it means for the future of our democracy.


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The Virus: What Went Wrong? | FRONTLINE


Jun 16, 2020
As COVID-19 spread across the globe, why was the U.S. caught so unprepared? An investigation of how America’s leaders failed to prepare and protect us — and who is accountable.
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In this 90-minute FRONTLINE documentary special, award-winning journalists Marcela Gaviria and Martin Smith trace the coronavirus’s path across the globe and identify a chain of fateful missteps — from Chinese authorities’ early silencing of dissent around the virus’s emergence in Wuhan, to the World Health Organization’s failure to more quickly sound the alarm, to Italian officials’ slow initial reaction.

Then, “The Virus: What Went Wrong?” zeroes in on key moments in the Trump administration’s halting response — including warnings going back to January, the CDC’s inability to manufacture and mass-distribute a working COVID-19 test early on, and a string of missed opportunities to contain the virus before it was too late.

Teacher Resigns During Kansas School Board Meeting With Powerful Speech | NowThis

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Feb 22, 2020

‘Teaching is like a bad marriage, you never get your needs met, but you stay in it for the kids.’ — This teacher resigned on the spot during a school board meeting with this impassioned message.

In US news and current events today, teacher Amanda Coffman resigned on the spot during a school board meeting and delivered a powerful message to her former students.

Coffman is a former teacher at Indian Woods Middle School in Kansas. She says she resigned because she felt ‘silenced’ when Shawnee Mission School District issued teachers new 3-year contracts.

Coffman says the contracts don’t address the concerns or needs that the teachers have fought for in the past.

Listen to Amannda Coffman’s fiery resignation speech to the Kansas school board here. Here is how she plans to continue the fight for better education in America.

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Dr. Anthony Fauci: Coronavirus will never be eradicated

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Jul 22, 2020
White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Wednesday it is unlikely the coronavirus will ever be eradicated. For more coronavirus live updates: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/22/coron… For access to live and exclusive video from CNBC subscribe to CNBC PRO: https://cnb.cx/2NGeIvi

White House coronavirus advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said Wednesday it is unlikely the coronavirus will ever be eradicated.

While the virus will not disappear, it’s possible world leaders and public health officials could work to bring the virus down to “low levels,” the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said during an interview with the TB Alliance.

“I think with a combination of good public health measures, a degree of global herd immunity and a good vaccine, which I do hope and feel cautiously optimistic that we will get, I think when we put all three of those together, we will get control of this, whether it’s this year or next year. I’m not certain,” he said.

But, he added, “I don’t really see us eradicating it.”

Fauci’s comments are at odds with President Donald Trump, who reiterated his claim Tuesday evening that the virus would disappear. The president’s remark comes amid warnings from experts, including at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that Covid-19 cases and deaths could rise this fall.

“The virus will disappear. It will disappear,” Trump said during a White House briefing on the pandemic.

The coronavirus is not disappearing and continues to rapidly spread across the U.S. The virus has infected more than 3.9 million people in the country, killing at least 142,090 as of Wednesday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. Texas and Florida hit grim records Monday for daily coronavirus deaths based on a seven-day moving average, as hospitalizations continue to surge in 34 states.

John Lewis’ Historic Speech at the March on Washington | NowThis

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Jul 28, 2020

‘We want our freedom and we want it now.’ — Watch the historic words of 23-year-old John Lewis at the March on Washington.

In US news and current events today, this historic John Lewis speech at the 1963 March on Washington cemented his status in the Civil Rights Movement. The John Lewis March on Washing Speech 1963 is among the most famous speeches of the Civil Rights Movement, and in the advent of today’s global Black Lives Matter movement, the words of this Congressman John Lewis speech have never been more relevant.

WATCH: Former President Barack Obama’s eulogy during John Lewis funeral

PBS NewsHour

Jul 30, 2020
Former President Barack Obama delivered the eulogy during the funeral for longtime Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis. “Imagine the courage of two people Malia’s age, younger than my oldest daughter, on their own to challenge an entire infrastructure of oppression,” Obama said of Lewis in his early fight for civil rights. The former president also used Lewis’ legacy as a call for action. “If politicians want to honor John…there’s a better way than a statement calling him a hero. You want to honor John? Let’s honor him by revitalizing the law that he was willing to die for,” Obama said of the Voting Rights Act.

Former Presidents Bush, Clinton and Obama speak at John Lewis’ funeral

Los Angeles Times

Jul 30, 2020

John Lewis’ funeral was held at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church on July 30, 2020. Among the many who delivered eulogies were former Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.

Barack Obama’s full eulogy at John Lewis’s funeral

Washington Post

Jul 30, 2020

Former president Barack Obama memorialized Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) at his funeral on July 30 in Atlanta. Read more: https://wapo.st/3ggYcyx

WATCH: Former President Bill Clinton’s full tribute during John Lewis funeral

PBS NewsHour

Jul 30, 2020
Former President Bill Clinton remembered the late Congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis on July 30 at his funeral in Atlanta. Clinton remembered first meeting Lewis in the 1970s, and said his “mission was bigger than personal ambition.” He said that that Lewis kept moving forward in his activism even when he was threatened with violence in his fight for civil rights in America.

“John Lewis was many things, but he was a man,” said Clinton. “A friend in sunshine and storm, a friend who would walk the stony roads that he asked you to walk, a friend that would brave the chastening rod that he asked you to be whipped by. Always keeping his eyes on the prize, always believing none of us will be free until all of us are equal.” Clinton said the New York Times op-Ed Lewis wrote before he died, which was published on July 30, was akin to “marching orders” from the late congressman. In his memory, Clinton suggested that “we salute, suit up, and march on.”

George W. Bush Speaks at John Lewis’ Funeral | NowThis

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Jul 30, 2020
Former President George W. Bush delivered moving remarks at the funeral of Civil Rights hero and Congressman John Lewis.

In US news and current events today, Representative John Lewis was laid to rest today, and former Presidents paid their respects by giving a John Lewis funeral speech. Normally, a president George W. Bush speech wouldn’t be much cause for celebration, but here, it’s clear that President Bush deeply respected and admired John Lewis. To Bush, John Lewis was an icon and a hero of the Civil Rights movement, and in this Bush John Lewis speech, he eulogizes the legend.