In case you missed it, earlier today, NPR Washington investigative correspondent Tim Mak broke a huge story about Senate Intel Chair Richard Burr.

Mak reports:

The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee warned a small group of well-connected constituents three weeks ago to prepare for dire economic and societal effects of the coronavirus, according to a secret recording obtained by NPR.

The remarks from U.S. Sen. Richard Burr were more stark than any he had delivered in more public forums.

“There’s one thing that I can tell you about this: It is much more aggressive in its transmission than anything that we have seen in recent history,” he said [at a February 27 luncheon], according to a secret recording of the remarks obtained by NPR. “It is probably more akin to the 1918 pandemic.”

Whoa, you guys. Whoa. W-H-O-A.

This is seriously huge.

Except no. No it isn’t.

C’mon, Tim. Google’s there for a reason. The interwebs can be really helpful in situations like this. Situations in which you risk making yourself look like a petty fool.

If Mak and NPR were trying to blow the lid off of some GOP COVID19 conspiracy, they failed. Miserably.




OK, see, now this actually looks pretty problematic for Richard Burr:

Hmmm …

Yeah, the optics aren’t the best there.

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