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(Twitter)   The Trump administration planned to give Santa Claus performers early access to a coronavirus vaccine in exchange for their participation in a $250 million PSA. (Paywall, unfortunately)   (twitter.com) divider line
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2020-10-25 11:15:06 AM  
85 votes:
Ho Ho Ho, it's time I told you the truth about Trump's vaccine boys and girls ... it's as mythical as I am.
 
2020-10-25 11:35:52 AM  
78 votes:
Everything reads like an Onion article these days.
 
2020-10-25 11:31:57 AM  
61 votes:
"As part of the plan, a top Trump administration official wanted the Santa performers to promote the benefits of a Covid-19 vaccination and, in exchange, offered them early vaccine access ahead of the general public, according to audio recordings. Those who perform as Mrs. Claus and elves also would have been included."

Who else has he been giving this offer to and for what? You know it didn't start with santa clause performers.

So even if a vaccine comes out more people have to die because they are in line behind whoever he made deals with.
 
2020-10-25 2:01:03 PM  
28 votes:
Ric Erwin, chairman of the Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas, called the news "extremely disappointing," adding: "This was our greatest hope for Christmas 2020, and now it looks like it won't happen."

If Trump had shown any leadership in dealing with COVID in the first place, your greatest hope wouldn't consist of playing guinea pig for an untested vaccine on his behalf.
 
2020-10-25 11:58:49 AM  
19 votes:
Here, pt, 1:
By
Julie Wernau
,
James V. Grimaldi
and
Stephanie Armour
Oct. 25, 2020 9:00 am ET
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A federal health agency halted a public-service coronavirus advertising campaign funded by $250 million in taxpayer money after it offered a special vaccine deal to an unusual set of essential workers: Santa Claus performers.
As part of the plan, a top Trump administration official wanted the Santa performers to promote the benefits of a Covid-19 vaccination and, in exchange, offered them early vaccine access ahead of the general public, according to audio recordings. Those who perform as Mrs. Claus and elves also would have been included.
The Department of Health and Human Services said Friday the Santa plan would be scrapped. The deal was the brainchild of the official, Michael Caputo, an HHS assistant secretary, who took a 60-day medical leave last month. The rest of the campaign now is under an HHS review.
The Santa "collaboration will not be happening," and HHS Secretary Alex Azar had no knowledge of Mr. Caputo's outreach discussions, an HHS spokesman said. Mr. Caputo didn't respond to requests for comment.
Ric Erwin, chairman of the Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas, called the news "extremely disappointing," adding: "This was our greatest hope for Christmas 2020, and now it looks like it won't happen."
The decision comes as the Covid-19 spread continues to accelerate in most states, and the vaccines are unlikely to be broadly available to the public before the holiday season.
The coronavirus ad effort-titled "Covid 19 Public Health and Reopening America Public Service Announcements and Advertising Campaign"-was intended to "defeat despair, inspire hope and achieve national recovery," according to a work statement reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. It was to include television, radio, online and podcast announcements, starting immediately.
The public-relations blitz began to fizzle after some celebrities, including actor Dennis Quaid, shied away from participating, a former White House official said, amid concerns that the campaign would be viewed as political rather than aiding public health.
 
2020-10-25 11:42:56 AM  
19 votes:

Officer Barrelroll: Everything reads like an Onion article these days.


Except this seems to far fetched for an onion article.
 
2020-10-25 4:27:22 PM  
15 votes:
I am training my son to win some vaccine for our district by becoming a victor in the impending Hunger Games.
 
2020-10-25 4:14:29 PM  
14 votes:
A Tragedy in 3 Acts.

Act 1: Offer the Vaccine to people who participate in your propaganda.
Act 2: The Propaganda plan is leaked and the public hates you even more.
Act 3: Thousands of Santa Clause's begin to develop deadly and crippling side effects.
 
2020-10-25 12:05:25 PM  
14 votes:
Pt. 3:
Three Democratic leaders in the House of Representatives last month criticized the campaign, questioning its timing just before a national election. The contract was awarded on Sept. 1.
"We are concerned that the Trump Administration appears to be misusing taxpayer dollars to fund a political propaganda campaign-disguised as a public health effort-just weeks before a presidential election," wrote Reps. James E. Clyburn (D., S.C.), of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, Carolyn B. Maloney (D., N.Y.), of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Raja Krishnamoorthi (D., Ill.), of the Subcommittee on Economic and Consumer Policy.
Mark Weber, HHS's deputy assistant secretary, said the campaign has no political component.
"There is no room for political spin in the messages and materials designed by HHS to help Americans make informed decisions about the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 and flu," Mr. Weber said in a statement.
Mr. Weber said the campaign is designed to "provide important public health, therapeutic and vaccine information as the country reopens, and give Americans information on the phases of reopening."
Ben Garthwaite, chief executive of Fors Marsh Group, an Arlington, Va., market-research and communications firm that won the contract, also said the campaign isn't political in nature. He said the firm has no ads or materials to show at this time.
Mr. Weber said vendors aren't paid "until products are delivered."
Without a vaccine, the Santa group's Mr. Erwin said, he plans to cancel all but one socially distant Christmas booking this year. Mr. Erwin-whose Facebook page includes posts critical of President Trump and his handling of the pandemic-said his members are discussing ways to do their work with virtual visits, plexiglass and photo opportunities with a Santa trapped in a Covid-safe snow globe.
He said nearly 100 Santas had volunteered for the HHS assignment, adding that agency officials had said they would finalize the plan to use the Santas in mid-September.
"They may have been fibbing a little bit to Santa," Mr. Erwin said.
-Suzanne Vranica contributed to this article.
 
2020-10-25 12:01:08 PM  
13 votes:
Pt. 2:
Mr. Quaid said he had interviewed Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, for the planned public-service announcement. "I am feeling some outrage and a lot of disappointment" about the unpaid PSA, Mr. Quaid said, which was mistakenly viewed by some as an endorsement of President Trump. He added: "Nothing could be further from the truth."
Mr. Quaid couldn't be reached to comment.
Mr. Azar has "ordered a strategic review of this public health education campaign that will be led by top public health and communications experts to determine whether the campaign serves important public health purposes," HHS officials said in a statement.
In a 12-minute phone call in late August, Mr. Caputo told Mr. Erwin of the Santa group that vaccines would likely be approved by mid-November and distributed to front-line workers before Thanksgiving.
"If you and your colleagues are not essential workers, I don't know what is," Mr. Caputo said on the call, which was recorded by Mr. Erwin and provided to the Journal. "I cannot wait to tell the president," Mr. Caputo said at another point about the plan. "He's going to love this."
Mr. Erwin said on the call: "Since you would be doing Santa a serious favor, Santa would definitely reciprocate."
Mr. Caputo said: "I'm in, Santa, if you're in."
Mr. Caputo contacted Mr. Erwin after he had testified at an HHS advisory meeting in late August urging early vaccinations for performers portraying Santa, Mrs. Claus and elves. Mr. Caputo told Mr. Erwin on the call that the administration planned to hold regional events with features including "beautiful educational films" to drum up awareness ahead of a coronavirus vaccination drive.
Mr. Caputo said he wanted Santas to appear at rollout events in as many as 35 cities. In exchange, he said the Santas would get an early crack at inoculation.
Mr. Caputo, who had been installed in his job by the White House, said in August that the public health effort would be an edgy media campaign featuring prominent Americans including Surgeon General Jerome Adams.
In September, after the contract award was disclosed on USAspending.gov, Mr. Caputo said in an interview with the Journal that it would focus on a variety of topics including urging minorities to participate in Covid-19 clinical trials. The work statement said "the vast majority of the funds" were expected to be spent between August and January.
The idea had buy-in from top White House advisers. In a coronavirus task force meeting during the summer, senior Trump adviser Jared Kushner discussed how officials would get influencers to do public-service announcements encouraging people to wear masks and social distance, according to the former White House official, who was in attendance.
"Mr. Kushner has had no role in the public relations campaign referenced here," but helped execute a strategy to educate the public about "critical mitigation techniques," said White House spokesman Brian Morgenstern. He also said Mr. Trump was never informed of the plan to use Santa performers.
 
2020-10-25 4:56:17 PM  
11 votes:
"The deal was the brainchild of the official, Michael Caputo, an HHS assistant secretary, who took a 60-day medical leave last month. "

Caputo was completely bonkers insane. Probably still is if anyone can find him.
 
2020-10-25 4:20:23 PM  
11 votes:
There is literally nothing that Trump does not treat as a transactional enterprise.
 
2020-10-25 4:18:46 PM  
11 votes:
If I read this in the Onion, I would have felt that they were losing their touch.
 
2020-10-25 4:10:01 PM  
11 votes:
Okay, look, people, this is not a teevee show, and you are not bucking for ratings.
 
2020-10-25 4:44:34 PM  
9 votes:
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2020-10-25 4:43:34 PM  
8 votes:
There. Is. No. Vaccine.
 
2020-10-25 12:05:55 PM  
8 votes:

optikeye: We can't test a unproven vaccine on chimpanzees just yet, people would complain about cruelty. Hey, I got an idea........


I don't know about chimpanzees, but you can be damn sure the son and grandsons of an orange orangutan got shots.
 
2020-10-25 4:40:12 PM  
6 votes:
This is viral marketing for the new Mel Gibson movie? Because you can't convince me that this is the plan of an intelligent, adult human being.
 
2020-10-25 4:25:41 PM  
6 votes:
fark cheistmas.

There were decorations up before October at some stores in my city.

Relegate your pagan worship masquerading as religion but is really just co sumerian turned up to 11 at least until after we have the day to give thanks for all we already have and those that sacrificed to get us here.

As for covid vaccines for mall santas, just give the vaccine at NA and AA and you will hit a majority of them.

Real bearded stanata is a bunch of old white haired guys of course they want trump to give to them first, that ladder ain't gonna pull itself up.
 
2020-10-25 4:22:39 PM  
6 votes:
This has got to be a joke right?! Even Jared and Ivanka couldn't come with something so asinine and stupid that they think plays into their PR 100% of the time while accomplishing nothing and just deceive the ancephalic populace. Their whole political messaging is attempting to relate to whom they assume to be their entirely predictable base on feelings not facts.  As in Dotard "brought back football" which he really had no hand in except making Twitter overtures
Bring back Krampus
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rant off...where's the tylenol?
 
2020-10-25 4:11:43 PM  
6 votes:
Here's a summary for those who can't see.

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2020-10-25 4:43:55 PM  
5 votes:
Wonder how many billions of taxpayer money he's wasting trying to get re-elected?
 
2020-10-25 4:33:17 PM  
5 votes:
Promoting vaccine use is not a bad idea, really. It took Elvis publicly taking the polio vaccine to drive up engagement. Until then it was sorely lacking.

The amount of money involved in the campaign, of course, is ridiculous.
 
2020-10-25 4:29:28 PM  
5 votes:
I legitimately thought this was a joke or maybe a prank. I was sure this was going to be from The Onion or something. But no. No, it's from the Wall Street Journal. I'm just baffled that they even considered this campaign in the first place.
 
2020-10-25 4:21:42 PM  
5 votes:
Billy Bob Thornton needs to be the first to get a vaccine and Tim Allen needs to be the last to get a vaccine.
 
2020-10-25 11:15:54 AM  
5 votes:
When this popped up on my phone this morning I was about 80% sure I was dreaming.
 
2020-10-25 4:59:15 PM  
4 votes:

hardinparamedic: This is viral marketing for the new Mel Gibson movie? Because you can't convince me that this is the plan of an intelligent, adult human being.


I'm thinking this is a more of a Kirk Cameron "Saving Christmas" type thing. These idiots in the Trump campaign cannot help but construe everything in the context of a divisive cultural or religious war which is overwhelmingly fiction.
"Donald Trump saves Christmas" is their actual messaging which they assume will win over easily played white suburbanite housewives scared out of their minds of illusory threats. It's an insidious insulting tactic that will not work and they should return to their caves for even attempting it.
 
2020-10-25 7:50:50 PM  
3 votes:

brainlordmesomorph: thealgorerhythm: Ho Ho Ho, it's time I told you the truth about Trump's vaccine boys and girls ... it's as mythical as I am.

Trump* saying we would all be vacinated by election day was total BS, but please don't cast aspersions on the actual vaccine that they are working on and we might have (or know about) by December...and still be distributing into 2022.


I'm not. And it ain't gonna be ready in December. Too many complications, and I guarantee you Trump will fark it up somehow before the end of the year.
 
2020-10-25 4:48:30 PM  
3 votes:
Oh man that's too bad it fell through. Maybe they could peddle the idea to a bunch of Zwarte Piet cosplayers. It's more on-brand for Trump anyhow. Why not?
 
2020-10-25 4:33:30 PM  
3 votes:
Aren't Santas by and large good-hearted human beings? You'd have to be, wouldn't you? Though upon googling it I guess they start at about $30 an hour, it would still be a tough job if you didn't genuinely want to make children happy.

They'd probably appear in a PSA for free because they want people to live. Typical of rotten people to think everyone is as rotten as they are and would be jockeying to do the job to save themselves.
 
2020-10-25 4:24:45 PM  
3 votes:
Christmas 2021 or 2022?

I hope I'm wrong, but there will not likely be a vaccine this year.
 
2020-10-25 4:22:27 PM  
3 votes:
I've seen where this ends.

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2020-10-25 4:17:32 PM  
3 votes:
"Ho Ho Ho
But enough about Melania"
 
2020-10-25 4:14:21 PM  
3 votes:
Does Santa even have anything to do with the religious aspect of  "Christmas", or is he just some pagan image?

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2020-10-25 1:08:05 PM  
3 votes:
Brilliant absurdity.
 
2020-10-25 12:47:57 PM  
3 votes:
GOP is making a list. You are not on it twice.
 
2020-10-25 8:35:29 PM  
2 votes:

skinink: Does Santa even have anything to do with the religious aspect of  "Christmas", or is he just some pagan image?

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Oh! I need to get me some "happy holidays" masks! Trigger some smooth brains.
 
2020-10-25 7:26:06 PM  
2 votes:
Leave it to repubs to politicize Santa.
 
2020-10-25 6:24:35 PM  
2 votes:

Moroning: Here's a summary for those who can't see.

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Best of luck to Caputo's tumor.
 
2020-10-25 5:32:22 PM  
2 votes:
Santa delivering presents to the WH.
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2020-10-25 5:22:47 PM  
2 votes:
$1 someone is typing up a script where the vaccine turns Trumpers, Mall Santa and the elves into CHUDs, resulting in a holiday-themed version of '80s cult Chopping Mall (aka Killbots) with zombies instead of robots.

Of course, a failing Sears-ish outlet could throw in their lot with some crazy DARPA/Elon Musk shiat for perceived financial turnaround that really just adds more lolz and carnage to the plot -- "Hey, let's defend ourselves with these cool looking robots at the Beers store!"

Someone get Rob Zombie to look into this, please
 
2020-10-25 4:41:21 PM  
2 votes:

Raoul Eaton: Well hell.  Bribing Santa Claus isn't even on my bingo card.


It was on my bingo card, but every square except Free Space says Russia.
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2020-10-25 4:31:14 PM  
2 votes:

thealgorerhythm: Ho Ho Ho, it's time I told you the truth about Trump's vaccine boys and girls ... it's as mythical as I am.


Trump* saying we would all be vacinated by election day was total BS, but please don't cast aspersions on the actual vaccine that they are working on and we might have (or know about) by December...and still be distributing into 2022.
 
2020-10-25 4:16:51 PM  
2 votes:
Yes, Cletus, there is a COVID vaccine.  It exists as certainly as fear and selfishness and stigginit exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy.  Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no COVID vaccine.  It would be as dreary as if there were no Cletuses.
 
2020-10-26 12:31:14 AM  
1 vote:
Who're really actually surprised by this?  It's not satire, it's verbatim the kind of bullshiat he peddled on The Apprentice.
 
2020-10-25 7:25:41 PM  
1 vote:

Spartapuss: Raoul Eaton: Well hell.  Bribing Santa Claus isn't even on my bingo card.

NO QUID PRO HO HO HO?


Came in to post this, but it appears that you're two hours more clever than I.

/Which Christmas movie villain is Donald Trump most like?
//not a joke, I'm seriously wondering now
///Live action, animated or fever-dream
 
2020-10-25 6:59:14 PM  
1 vote:

roddikinsathome: urging minorities to participate in Covid-19 clinical trials.


Uhm... why just minorities?

Not racist. Not racist. You're the racist.
 
2020-10-25 6:17:07 PM  
1 vote:

Barricaded Gunman: common sense is an oxymoron: Ric Erwin, chairman of the Fraternal Order of Real Bearded Santas, called the news "extremely disappointing," adding: "This was our greatest hope for Christmas 2020, and now it looks like it won't happen."

You'd think that the head of FORBS would be a smarter businessman.


I read that quote twice, yet still wondered wtf.
 
2020-10-25 5:42:29 PM  
1 vote:

Farkenhostile: "As part of the plan, a top Trump administration official wanted the Santa performers to promote the benefits of a Covid-19 vaccination and, in exchange, offered them early vaccine access ahead of the general public, according to audio recordings. Those who perform as Mrs. Claus and elves also would have been included."

Who else has he been giving this offer to and for what? You know it didn't start with santa clause performers.

So even if a vaccine comes out more people have to die because they are in line behind whoever he made deals with.


republican donors, his WH makeup artist, his WH staff, the military/security, his employees at trump resorts, underage prostitutes near his resorts, trump voters, then the rest of us can buy vaccines from the thieving hospital staff at a steep markup.

In that order
 
2020-10-25 5:23:21 PM  
1 vote:

thorpe: "The deal was the brainchild of the official, Michael Caputo, an HHS assistant secretary, who took a 60-day medical leave last month. "

Caputo was completely bonkers insane. Probably still is if anyone can find him.


Didn't he disappear after posting a video about shadows in his apartment stalking him?
 
2020-10-25 4:52:17 PM  
1 vote:

AAAAGGGGHHHH: Oh sure! Let Burgermiester Trumpenburger and the She-Grinch dictate the terms of Christmas!


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2020-10-25 4:27:36 PM  
1 vote:
Well hell.  Bribing Santa Claus isn't even on my bingo card.
 
2020-10-25 4:24:39 PM  
1 vote:
Krumpet the elf is feeling angsty.
 
2020-10-25 4:17:30 PM  
1 vote:
Bah Humbug ..
 
2020-10-25 11:36:13 AM  
1 vote:
Naughty list!
 
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