President Trump spoke yesterday, offering a positive lookout on the Chinese coronavirus that’s been dragging our country and our economy down for the past 7 months. “I think the virus is hopefully rounding the turn, rounding the corner,” he told the [mostly] dishonest media.
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Posted by WZTV FOX 17 News, Nashville on Tuesday, September 15, 2020
When it comes to COVID, it’s hard for the everyday American to know what’s true and what’s fiction. Facebook has made itself the absolute arbiter of COVID truth on their platform that reaches billions, removing content they don’t agree with (like doctors saying they’ve successfully used hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID patients), and penalizing anyone who doesn’t agree with their doom and gloom predictions about the virus that originated in China.
The media has completely ignored the truth about the large number vulnerable, elderly, nursing home patients who died from COVID after Democrat governors placed COVID positive patients into their facilities to be cared for, with no regard for their well-being or safety.
Meanwhile, Democrat governors and mayors across America continue to keep businesses locked down, while the number of COVID deaths continue to drop.
In a bombshell report, Fox-17 News revealed that they’ve uncovered emails between the Democrat Nashville mayor’s office and the Metro Health Department that show they were keeping the low COVID numbers a secret from the public.
MSN – Emails between the mayor’s senior advisor and the health department reveal only a partial picture. But what they reveal is disturbing.
On June 30th, contact tracing was given a small view of coronavirus clusters. Construction and nursing homes were found to be causing problems with more than a thousand cases traced to each category, but bars and restaurants reported just 22 cases.
Leslie Waller from the health department asks, “This isn’t going to be publicly released, right? Just info for Mayor’s Office?”
“Correct, not for public consumption,” writes senior advisor Benjamin Eagles.
A month later, the health department was asked point blank about the rumor there are only 80 cases traced to bars and restaurants.
Tennessee Lookout reporter Nate Rau asks, “The figure you gave of ‘more than 80’ does lead to a natural question: If there have been over 20,000 positive cases of COVID-19 in Davidson and only 80 or so are traced to restaurants and bars, doesn’t that mean restaurants and bars aren’t a very big problem?”
Health department official Brian Todd asked five health department officials, “Please advise how you recommend I respond.”
On Wednesday, Fox-17 – The email exchanges were focused on the bars and restaurants at the heart of Music City, these establishments being among the hardest hit by regulations during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The name at the top of the response is clipped off but you may find the answer unacceptable.
“My two cents. We have certainly refused to give counts per bar because those numbers are low per site.
We could still release the total though, and then a response to the over 80 could be because that number is increasing all the time and we don’t want to say a specific number.”
Neither the health department nor the mayor’s office would confirm the authenticity of the emails but councilmember Steve Glover had a Metro staff attorney inquire. Here’s the official answer:
“I was able to get verification from the Mayor’s Office and the Department of Health that these emails are real,” the staff attorney answered.
Glover says this is Metro Nashville orchestrating a cover up.
“They are fabricating information,” Glover said. “They’ve blown there entire credibility Dennis. Its gone, I don’t trust a thing they say going forward …nothing.”
Glover says he has been contacted by an endless stream of downtown bartenders, waitresses and restaurant owners asking why would officials not release these numbers?
“We raised taxes 34 percent and put hundreds literally thousands of people out of work that are now worried about losing their homes, their apartments…and we did it on bogus data. That should be illegal,” Glover said.
Again, FOX 17 News wasn’t told by the mayor’s office this wasn’t true. We were told to file a freedom of information act request.
Which allows us now to ask the question, why are you keeping this from us? Why would you even want to? Its just the real numbers and what could possibly be an honorable motive?
On Thursday, FOX 17 News’ Dennis Ferrier attempted to ask Mayor Cooper about the emails, saying the station had asked for context but was met with a request for a freedom of information act (FOIA). “That doesn’t feel like a real we’re all in this together comment,” Ferrier said. “Don’t you think the bar and restaurant owners, some who are going out of business every week deserve to know that there were around 80 cases?…We talked about sharing good news, that was pretty good news.”
Mayor Cooper’s spokesman Chris Song responded to the request for verifying the authenticity of the emails sent to him by FOX 17 News, stating his request for a FOIA was necessary to go through the “proper channels” to go through line-by-line and coordinated with the clerk’s office. “When you asked for comment, there was absolutely no context for the comment that you requested,” Song said. He added he believed it was a “lapse in journalistic judgment” for not reaching out to the office after confirmation the emails were authentic.
FOX 17 News had emailed Song on Wednesday, providing screenshots of the emails and asking specifically “to see if you can verify the authenticity of the attached screenshots of emails sent to us? Do you have a statement or comment that you would like to share at this time?” The screenshots said the whole story. In the meantime, the emails had been verified as authentic by a Metro staff attorney.
Nashville’s Democrat Mayor John Cooper stood in front of the media today and talked about the lockdown measures they’ve taken to keep citizens “safe.”
“Our work is far from over,” the Nashville mayor told the media. “We must remain vigilant. If we don’t proceed with caution,” he warned, “our progress might be lost,” Mayor Cooper said while knowing that emails showing his office was trying to hide the low COVID numbers from citizens were released to the public in a Fox-17 investigative report.