A picture is sometimes worth more than a 1,000 words. The White House Correspondents Assn. has awarded its 2020 excellence in presidential news coverage by visual journalists award to Doug Mills of the New York Times for his "Pelosi Clap" photo.
The picture of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and president Trump at the State of the Union captures the tensions between two of the most powerful politicians in America.
The WHCA judges said:
"The Speaker of the House lets the nation know exactly what she thinks of Trump as she claps with outstretched arms, tilting her head with a smirk across her face. The image brilliantly displays the tension, the personal animus and the power clash among branches of government that tells the story of this time and of this presidency."
The early favorite for the 2021 best picture award: Trump holding up the bible in front of St John's Church after police/military cleared a path for his celebratory walk to distract Americans from his personal embarrassment about going deep into the bunker as people demonstrated their First Amendment rights outside the White House.
COVID waste kills marine life. A French environmental group warns that disposable masks, sanitizer bottles and latex gloves are being poured into the oceans increasing the tons of plastics wastes threatened marine life.
COVID-19 waste may soon outnumber jellyfish in the Mediterranean, according to Laurent Lombard of Opération Mer Propre. The group wants people to embrace reusable masks and to replace gloves with more on frequent hand washing.
The UN estimates that 13M tons of plastics wind up in the oceans each year. A second wave of COVID-19 would trigger a second wave of virus-related junk