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Is Big Mike back?

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By DAN FAGAN

If you’ve ever experienced a hot, muggy summer day outside in the deep south, you know the misery the oppressive heat brings. But then out of nowhere comes an ever so slight breeze gently brushing up against you. It feels so good. 

Most listening to Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s video briefing this week on COVID-19 experienced a similar sensation, albeit unconsciously. We’ve been bombarded by the doom and gloomers in the media and from fearmongering politicians like Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz. 

The “virus-will-get-us-all unless we surrender our freedoms” narrative has been so predominate and all-consuming, many of us have bought into the altered reality. 

Dunleavy offered up a different view this week.  

“The virus is not as deadly as we once thought,” said Dunleavy by video.  “Although case rates are rising, hospitalizations and death rates are falling.” 

Dunleavy, unlike Berkowitz, is not obsessed with controlling people and therefore has no need or desire to frighten us into giving up our liberties.  

Berkowitz has justified his economy-destroying and tyrannical ways by telling us: “If we aren’t safe, we are not free.” Berkowitz needs us to be scared. 

Dunleavy did the frenzied, alarmist Berkowitz no favors by offering hope to those tormented by fear of catching COVID-19.

“The chances of you going to the hospital, if you get the virus, is slim,” said Dunleavy.  

The governor’s video then tossed the mic to Jared Kosin, president and CEO of the Alaska State Hospital and Nursing Home Association. 

“Are we seeing an unusual number of ICU patients coming through the door? And the answer so far, is no,” Kosin said. “The takeaway at this time is hospital capacity is holding up.” 

This week’s video briefing on COVID-19 was Dunleavy at his finest. He was Donald Trump-like in his willingness to take on the coronavirus anxiety peddlers in the media. 

It was the Dunleavy of old. The guy we all fell in love with when first elected. Big Mike boldly took on powerful union bosses and courageously worked to right-size bloated state government. When he first proposed cutting $130 million from Alaska’s swollen University system, we thought this is the guy we’ve been waiting for. 

But that Dunleavy abruptly disappeared and hid away in fear and paranoia once “Big Labor” fought back with a recall effort. The old Dunleavy was nowhere to be seen until he resurrected this week with his COVID-19 video challenging the gloomy media.    

Dunleavy must know by now KTUU, Alaska Public Media, The ADN, and liberal bloggers will never give him a fair shake. He can do no right in their eyes. But something happened this week proves Dunleavy doesn’t quite get it and is still worried about how the media covers him. 

Suzanne Downing, publisher of this website, is all over the state covering political fundraisers and other similar events. Her coverage is unprecedented in scope and thoroughness when it comes to Alaska politics. 

Downing this week walked into a fundraiser held for the governor at a home on the Anchorage hillside. Downing often live streams fundraisers on Facebook. When she first opened the door, she was live streaming. Dunleavy noticed Downing with her camera phone and signaled, on camera for all to see, for her to stop streaming. Downing complied. 

Downing was fresh off a trip covering political events on the Kenai Peninsula. On the Kenai, they’ve not been brainwashed into being terrorized by the maskless. Not wearing a mask on the peninsula is not a big deal.    

Dunleavy’s obvious panicking on Downing’s live stream was not a good look for him. It gave the impression he was obsessed with media coverage.  

KTUU was all over it running a story on its website headlined: “As Alaska’s COVID-19 cases rise, Dunleavy seen not wearing mask at political fundraiser.” 

The ADN got in on the fun with a story headlined: “Alaska’s governor and Anchorage officials offer mixed messaging amid unprecedented COVID-19 case counts.”

The ADN chastised the governor for offering hope over COVID-19 during his video briefing reporting: “Within hours of the video’s 5 p.m. launch Tuesday, a political blogger captured a brief video of Dunleavy without a mask covering his face at a Republican Party fundraising event on the Hillside in Anchorage.” 

Notice the ADN wouldn’t acknowledge Downing or Must Read Alaska, referring to her only as a political blogger. Yet Downing’s website is much more packed with news and fresh content than that offered by the ever-shrinking ADN. The paper is clearly down to a skeleton staff farming out much of its coverage to the left-leaning Washington Post and the Associated Press. The ADN resembles a blog much more than Downing’s news site.  The paper refusing to acknowledge Downing shows they are obviously threatened by her. As they should be. 

Dunleavy resurrected his old self this week by challenging the fearmongering media. He must have known saying: “None of us should be terrified today. None of us should be scared today,” would enrage the media. 

If Dunleavy is to be a formidable governor bringing much-needed change to the state, he’ll have to forget about pleasing the Leftist agenda-driven media. And the next time Downing enters a fundraiser live streaming, the governor should walk right up to her, without fear or paranoia, and welcome her viewers. 

Dan Fagan hosts the number one rated morning drive radio show on Newsradio 650 KENI. He splits his time between Anchorage and New Orleans. 

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  • Awesome!

  • Asking the question is Mike the big guy back is like asking is Biden coming out of his bunker.
    Give us a realistic break, Fagan.
    He will be ” back” when he rids himself of his spineless ways and cuts the very thing he oversees, bloated overpaid excessive benefitted state government.

  • Wake me up when AWOL Mike removes his unconstitutional mandates.

  • Keep writing Dan , I don’t use facebook so streaming on it is worthless to me but I do read Must Read Alaska and along with the 10’s of thousands of others get a good bit of our real news from this source…

  • Death rates are back on the rise down here in Florida. We’re back up to a little under 200 a day.

  • Mike is a good man, no doubt. Although his personality is more of a senator’s than a chief executive. He does not seem comfortable to be alone at the top. His instincts are good, he just does not have the courage to follow those instincts.

  • I agree with Fagan. However, I have my reservations. Mike is taking the easy way out, in that he will ride the emergency declaration until it expires next month.
    That is the coward’s way out. He’s hedging his bets, just in case.
    The Great Barrington Declaration and the Belgian letter both call for an immediate end to the mandates, an immediate return to normalcy and a focused protection for those who are most vulnerable. Makes sense, should be done, but our governor is not going to act to that degree.
    I liked his commentary on resource development in rebuttal to Edgmon and the other legislator. However, not enough.
    End the emergency now, the money ends, Berky and the rest of the despots will then be up spit creek without funding to play their despotic games.
    Only Gov. Kristi Noem has held the line, honored the constitutions of SD and the U.S.
    People are dying without having been sent off by loved ones, people are being harmed by the fear mongering fostered upon us by the State–Dunleavy, Crum and Zink. They refused to see the reality that any who read and understood knows. This pandemic was not. The response was flawed and based upon flawed math and shoddy coding.
    Our CDC bought into Neil Ferguson’s flawed projections back in March without so much as vetting, verifying and insuring that the President and the governors were acting on verified information where his casualty projection was concerned. The Brit NHS did not check his math, the CDC did not, and the EU did not.
    There is only one word for this response, negligence.
    Further, our rights were violated without cause.
    Mike Dunleavy is going to pay at the polls for listening to to his fear mongering Dr. Zink, his oracle in a yurt.

  • I’m so happy to read this is about our Governor.
    The headline made me think story was about Berry Hussein’s significant other.

    • Heh

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