#GoodMorningDC. Here's the news you are waking up to this Monday morning. April 19, 2021.
Good Morning DC!
As we move further into Biden's term, I am a White House Correspondent who is running my own news company, The Pavlovic Today. I decided to pause for a second and reflect on what type of journalism I want to do going forward.
When I was just starting in the White House, a photographer from The New York Times told me how corporations do not care about the individual voice; it’s all about the image. I have learned that to be true. But what can we do about it? The only power I have is the power of my argument, a power to do original journalism and give this platform to authentic voices to share their views with the world.
We need to embrace our authenticity and what's unique about every single one of us. I do not see that happening if I allow The Pavlovic Today to run with the talking points of any political party. In this work, which I see as an act of public service, I would like to have people from all political affiliations and none and from all walks of life access my journalism, views, and ideas. I want to hear from them too and have a conversation in which we will most likely disagree but will grow in the process and what is most important, we will be able to learn about each other.
So I am opening here a center lane for all of you who want to have that conversation and read the news and great stories to be informed instead of being indoctrinated. Journalism should rise above political parties. Above toxicity and click bites that eventually won't create a community of people who want to compete at the marketplace of ideas. And we all need a return to humanity, a place where people can come to and get valuable insight and share their own view of the World and events.
As The Pavlovic Today enters the new chapter, I hope you will join me in that journey to redefine independent journalism of the people, for the people. All the people.
Now, let’s go to the news of the day, shall we?
On Saturday, Queen Elizabeth buried her husband, Prince Philip. Seeing the Queen, dressed in black, with a mask covering her face, sitting in the St George's Chapel, isolated in the moment of grief with no one to hold her hand, brought into clear focus the cruelty of the covid pandemic. It is more than the virus. It is a humanity destroyer that separates us from our family and friends in both joy and sorrow.
The Queen did not cry. With the cameras of the world placed on her, she managed to keep herself together while saying goodbye to the love of her life. Not in one moment did she make the funeral about herself in this most difficult moment of her life.
Greta Thunberg is donating 100,000 Euros to support vaccine equity. Money will support COVAX to purchase COVID-19 vaccines and ensure equitable access to vaccines to the most at-risk in all countries, including health workers, older people, and those with underlying conditions.
“The international community must do more to address the tragedy that is vaccine inequity. We have the means at our disposal to correct the great imbalance that exists around the world today in the fight against COVID-19. Just as with the climate crisis, we must help those who are the most vulnerable first. That is why I am supporting WHO, Gavi, and all involved in the COVAX initiative, which I believe offers the best path forward to ensure true vaccine equity and a way out of the pandemic,” said Thunberg.
What will Biden do today? Biden will meet with a bipartisan group of Members of Congress to discuss the American Jobs Plan in the Oval Office.
At 10:30 AM White House COVID-19 response team and public health officials will hold a press briefing.
12:15 PM Press Secretary Jen Psaki will brief the press.
For today’s dash of pop, we have some extremely exciting news. Marion Cotillard and Adam Driver will open the 74th Festival de Cannes. As Europe attempts to go back to normal, the Opening Ceremony of the 74th Festival de Cannes will take place on July 6, 2021. Don’t you love the idea of going back to the cinema?
And that's a wrap for this Monday morning, April 19, 2021. Thanks for waking up with Good Morning DC, a daily brief with a point of view. Good Morning DC will be back tomorrow to bring you the latest first.
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