A new era
March 28, 2020

The novel coronavirus pandemic has shown that governments have the ability to do a lot more with their financial resources, said Michael Marmot, a professor of epidemiology and public health at the University College London, per The Guardian.

Marmot, who is also the chair of the commission of the social determinants of health at the World Health Organization, told reporters at a virtual meeting organized by Plan B and Extinction Rebellion, that "with COVID-19 everything went out the window" and that it turns out lack of government spending in the past was a choice (and not a good one, he argues), rather than a necessity. "The government can spend anything," he said, referring specifically to the United Kingdom in this instance.

Marmot said the pandemic has shown how swiftly governments can respond, but his hope is that such action continues going forward, which he argues has not been the case for other long-term crises like climate change. "Coronavirus exposes that we can do things differently," he said. "We must not go back to the status quo ante."

David King, who served as the U.K.'s chief scientific adviser between 2000 and 2008, agreed, calling for governments to address similar recovery plans to restructure the global economy, so it better fits a fossil fuel-free world. Read more at The Guardian. Tim O'Donnell

June 28, 2016

Someone other than Donald Trump will now be overseeing his campaign messaging and press interactions. Bloomberg Politics reports the presumptive GOP nominee known for speaking on the fly has hired Jason Miller — once the senior communications adviser for Sen. Ted Cruz's (R-Texas) presidential campaign — to be his senior communications director.

Until now, media requests fell almost entirely on Trump's press secretary, Hope Hicks, and paid surrogates were appearing on Trump's behalf on cable news. Trump himself was often behind his tweets and sometimes his speeches, in which he's been known to veer "off message," Talking Points Memo reports.

However, with the convention fast approaching, Republicans are pressing Trump to move towards more traditional, more responsive campaign messaging. "I think he'll be helped greatly by having a communications team who can get these messages out in a timely fashion," Tony Perkins, president of the Christian advocacy organization Family Research Council, told Bloomberg.

Will Miller keep Trump's signature exclamation points in his tweets? Only time will tell. Becca Stanek

June 25, 2015

Netflix is, unsurprisingly, poised to overtake television within the next year, an analyst said Wednesday. The online streaming company is currently growing its audience at a rate of about 40 percent per year and is expected to soon surpass audience numbers of the four biggest networks on television: ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox.

Already within just the first quarter of this year, Netflix reported 10 billion hours of streaming. And a ClearVoice Research poll taken by the same analyst just a few months ago should leave the major networks even more worried — 57 percent of respondents said they would rather pay for Netflix than for television.

Netflix is expected to gain 174 million subscribers by 2020. Becca Stanek

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