By: Mark Glennon*

Sunday was a new low point for Governor JB Pritzker’s daily press briefings on COVID-19. Not a single question asked by reporters was a challenge to anything being done or said by Pritzker or the state. Instead, reporters lobbed softball invitations for Pritzker to say what he wants.

The lead stories on the pandemic in Illinois come out after the briefings almost every day and are usually nothing more than parroting back what was said in them. Their headlines are almost always about new case numbers. Those numbers are nearly meaningless, as countless experts around the country have pointed out, but the Illinois press remains focused on them.

Is it too much to expect reporters to ask the questions that obviously need answers? Is it too much to expect them to demand more than the rigged, limited question segment at the daily briefings? At the national level, reporters are relentless in challenging President Trump and other federal officials — as they should be. But in Illinois, nothing.

Here, for starters, are a few questions they should be asking and writing about:

•  Governor, why did it take you until April 3 to begin collecting critically important, daily information from Illinois hospitals on beds available, ventilators available, ICU capacity and such? [See our detailed article on this linked here.]

•  Regarding the daily hospital capacity numbers you have now started to collect, why aren’t you publishing them every day?  When you did publish them, why did you provide only a grand total?  The grand total means little and we need to see the numbers by city or region to know where overloads might occur, correct? Are you even looking at the numbers that way? If so, please provide your assessment.

•  The University of Washington projection, which you have said is one you base your actions on, says Illinois will have huge hospital overcapacity even at the peak. Is that true and, if you don’t believe that it is, please provide us with the projections are you using that have led you to build out so much more capacity.

•  The CDC was already collecting daily numbers from hospitals on their bed and ventilator capacity? Did you even know that? Why didn’t you use those reports from hospitals instead of collecting your own?

•  Can you please provide whatever projection or numbers you have that support the need to build out all the new capacity for Chicago at McCormick Place?

And the big one, since Pritzker is blaming the federal government every day for a long list of problems:


•  Governor, on February 28 you said, “All I’m saying is we’re not relying upon the White House. We, in fact, have one of the best public health systems in the country. And so we’ve got experts here … who are highly capable of managing the COVID-19 [coronavirus], that’s come upon us.” Do you regret saying that?

*Mark Glennon is founder of Wirepoints.

 

 

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#denomintorproblem
7 months ago

The only thing this guy is fit to manage is the grocery list…

Joe The Plumber
7 months ago

“Where can I find the original article of February 28, that contains the Governor’s statement about the Illinois Public Health readiness”

well not here i MadeUpIStan

Joe The Plumber
7 months ago

here in CovidIot central, we hate science and facts. Let’s party and get some herd immunity sez the DFs

Mark Felt
7 months ago

The questions you ask then implies a responsibility on the part of the governor…..and as we all know politicians like responsibility about as much as a cockroach likes a bright light on a dark night.

7 months ago

Where can I find the original article of February 28, that contains the Governor’s statement about the Illinois Public Health readiness

nixit
7 months ago

Richard: The article appeared on the state government’s marketing site called OneIllinois. Some of these quotes should be framed:

“Emphasizing that the health risk “remains low to the general public,” Pritzker added

“The experience level here is very high,” Pritzker said. “So we are ready. Let’s also be clear. Readiness for it doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. It means that if there are changes in conditions, we will be prepared. We have the right personnel in the right places, and we’re ready to go.”

“There really is no cause for alarm,” said Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

https://www.oneillinois.com/stories/2020/2/28/coronavirus-risk-remains-low-to-the-general-public

debtsor
7 months ago
Reply to  nixit

OMG IT’S ALL TRUMP’S FAULT!

Susan
7 months ago

We need these data: 1. Supply allocation protocols of the distributors of hospital commodity supplies. These distributors which control all allocation flow are GPOs and PBMs. An equitable allocation algorithm might be as a function of staff, patient census, and severity of need based on current level of supplies on hand. Inequitable allocation algorithms might be as a function of political affiliations or profitability. 2. Actual supply allocations. (For example, did Schumer’s district (Schumer is known champion of GPO’s special exemptions and secrecy protections) get an anomalous high allocation of PPEs and functional O2 provision mechanisms relative to rural hospitals… Read more »

NB-Chicago
7 months ago

Great, and also– why is it necessary for jb & lorrie to continually lie about finacial shape of state & city?

Hank Scorpio
7 months ago

This isn’t anything new. Media outlets have been biased and bought for decades now. That is why podcasts like Joe Rogan have exploded in popularity. People actually want to hear a detailed discussion without all the lights, glamour, and live-audience you get from every other outlet.

Also notice how most reporting videos you have seen on the virus coverage have over-dramatic music in the background to tug on your heart strings…pathetic.

debtsor
7 months ago
Reply to  Mark Glennon

Its just me hitting reload and posting 450 comments a day! Just kidding

Rick
7 months ago
Reply to  Mark Glennon

Wirepoints is addictive and fun to read, letters to the editor is icing on the cake!

Illinois Entrepreneur
7 months ago

My best guess on why these reporters don’t ask these questions is due to access. Rich Miller is exhibit “A.” He knows if he doesn’t toe the line he will be on the outside looking in. So, over time he has become one of them. He knows which team he plays on, and has lost all sense of what journalism is. While there is a robust two-party system at the national level, there is no such thing here. If you want the hot scoop, you’re going to have to be a democrat, and democrats don’t talk to people who don’t… Read more »

Rich Miller's Conscience
7 months ago
Reply to  Mark Glennon

Come on guys. Stop picking on me. It’s not fair. You’ve got to go along to get along. I learned that from Jim Edgar. Himself runs this state and I’ve got a dog to feed. You are just jealous meanies because I can write what they want me to write and you cant.

Rick
7 months ago

Wirepoints again teaching illinois’s junior student journalists how to be real journalists.

J cee
7 months ago

Exactly ..media cheerleaders and synchophants

chumpchange
7 months ago
Reply to  J cee

Bootlickers tend not to see beyond the boot.

Mike Williams
7 months ago

When I lived in Illinois, I detested most of it’s leaders. This guy however is in a category all by himself. What an embarrassment to the state.

riverbender
7 months ago
Reply to  Mike Williams

Interestingly enough, some think he is a future Presidential contender.

Mike Williams
7 months ago
Reply to  riverbender

He would have fit right in with the most recent group of Dem contenders.

Bob
7 months ago
Reply to  Mark Glennon

Well he does have the money to buy whatever seat he wants. Except the Presidency.

debtsor
7 months ago
Reply to  Bob

He can’t buy dignity or shame.

Joe Blow
7 months ago
Reply to  debtsor

or a personal trainer, apparently

NiteCat
7 months ago
Reply to  riverbender

I see what you did there…thanks for injecting the chuckle. So glad I had put down my coffee cup before I read it….LOL!

debtsor
7 months ago

“• Governor, on February 28 you said, “All I’m saying is we’re not relying upon the White House. We, in fact, have one of the best public health systems in the country. And so we’ve got experts here … who are highly capable of managing the COVID-19 [coronavirus], that’s come upon us.” Do you regret saying that?” I love this. Lori and Jabba have been saying similar variations of this for months. Now, they’ve changed their tune, to appeal to their base, and they’re blaming Trump. Virtually every person I know with TDS spends at least half their day fuming… Read more »

Sandy
7 months ago

Thank you Mark Glennon.

DantheMan
7 months ago

As the nation learns more about the Illinois gov, it collectively wonders if they should impose a statewide IQ test before allowing Illinois residents to vote.

NiteCat
7 months ago
Reply to  DantheMan

Don’t need to go statewide, just test the city of Chicago. With the exception of the lib invasion of the collar counties, the rest of the state is pretty safe.