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ICYMI: A journalism marriage between Donald Trump and Glenn Greenwald?

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Depending upon whom you believe, Glenn Greenwald has left the Intercept — the news website he co-founded in 2014, either because he is a spoiled man-child or because the Intercept has sold its soul.

Either way, Greenwald will soon find himself in a new media venture.

I have no idea what that media venture might be — although wouldn’t it be stunning if he joined with Donald Trump, should Trump lose next week’s presidential election, in a journalism partnership?

Trump and Greenwald might not be ideological brothers in arms, but they share at least one core belief: Russiagate is a bunch of baloney. Now imagine if Trump does what Greenwald would certainly support — pardoning Edward Snowden (which Trump has hinted he might do) — and the potential for a Trump-Greenwald media marriage gains a touch more credibility.

We know Greenwald has no regard for the U.S. media, and Trump has more than once suggested most U.S. journalists ought to be identified as “the enemy of the people.” Another nugget to suggest these two might find professional happiness?

Nonsense, you say? You very well might be correct.

But let’s face it, if Trump is no longer president in a couple of months, he will return to the political sidelines still eager to let people know what he thinks. (And many millions will listen.) Greenwald is now on the media sidelines and still eager to do what he does best: Journalism that defies the accepted narrative of media and political elites in the U.S. And millions of people will read what he writes.

You have to admit: these two would be worth watching.

A journalism marriage between Donald Trump and Glenn Greenwald?

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Depending upon whom you believe, Glenn Greenwald has left the Intercept — the news website he co-founded in 2014, either because he is a spoiled man-child or because the Intercept has sold its soul.

Either way, Greenwald will soon find himself in a new media venture.

I have no idea what that media venture might be — although wouldn’t it be stunning if he joined with Donald Trump, should Trump lose next week’s presidential election, in a journalism partnership?

Trump and Greenwald might not be ideological brothers in arms, but they share at least one core belief: Russiagate is a bunch of baloney. Now imagine if Trump does what Greenwald would certainly support — pardoning Edward Snowden (which Trump has hinted he might do) — and the potential for a Trump-Greenwald media marriage gains a touch more credibility.

We know Greenwald has no regard for the U.S. media, and Trump has more than once suggested most U.S. journalists ought to be identified as “the enemy of the people.” Another nugget to suggest these two might find professional happiness?

Nonsense, you say? You very well might be correct.

But let’s face it, if Trump is no longer president in a couple of months, he will return to the political sidelines still eager to let people know what he thinks. (And many millions will listen.) Greenwald is now on the media sidelines and still eager to do what he does best: Journalism that defies the accepted narrative of media and political elites in the U.S. And millions of people will read what he writes.

You have to admit: these two would be worth watching.

Have we learned anything?

One of the few voices I trust in the national conversation about coronavirus belongs to Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Today, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases reminded Americans that we are NOT prepared to handle the increase in coronavirus cases.

According to NBC News,

“We’re going into a precarious situation,” Fauci said. Cold weather is forcing people indoors, cases are going up in all age groups, and holidays are likely to bring people together in groups — a combination he called “a bad recipe for a tough time ahead.”

Dr. Fauci believes a nationwide mask-wearing mandate is required, especially as that colder weather moves outdoor events, where there was at least some potential for social distancing, indoors. Gatherings indoors make extending the distances between people more challenging. This news comes as Americans acknowledge “pandemic fatigue.”

Flu season is knocking on the front door. Another round of coronavirus cases are, too. The leaders of Germany and France already have announced nationwide lockdowns.

America remains tragically divided on coronavirus. There’s no reason to expect President Trump would advocate for such a lockdown — and who knows how reckless he might become if he loses next week’s election — but even if he would agree to such a lockdown, how many Americans would actually comply?

Sadly, we’re going to read day after day about more deaths and more hospitalizations throughout the U.S. from coronavirus. We’re simply not ready to do what it takes — and many people are in situations in which they can’t — to ward of the pandemic.