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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Words and a Virus

Last evening the NBA suspended its games. Their statement reads this way:

"The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight's schedule of games until further notice. The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.''

Both last night and this morning news reporters and anchors have been saying the NBA has suspended play for the remainder of the year.

That is not what the NBA said.

Many of those same reporters and anchors were having a go at President Trump for misspeaking about the virus and the emerging plan to deal with it in his own statement last evening.

He said he was suspending all travel from Europe, and suggested this would apply to trade. He tweeted later that trade wouldn’t be affected. He said U.S. health insurers had agreed to waive co-payments for coronavirus treatment. They have agreed to waive co-payments for testing.

Perhaps you've noticed these past few years... President Trump is all over the place. He says several different things, sometimes at the same time. And unfortunately this can be the case even when words matter most.

Constant remonstration is not going to change President Trump. I believe those who continually complain about Trump's choice of words risk wasting their own. They become background noise in a crowded space of careless and angry words.

One national network White House reporter was particularly exasperated by The President's use of words. This same reporter then said the NBA was doing the right thing by canceling the rest of the season.

We need people better prepared to deal with words as well as a virus.