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Media Hoaxes: No, Trump Did Not Call Coronavirus a Hoax, and No, Fauci Was Not “Muzzled”

Media Hoaxes: No, Trump Did Not Call Coronavirus a Hoax, and No, Fauci Was Not “Muzzled”

Trump: “I’m talking about what [Democrats are] doing, that’s the hoax.”

The media seems intent on proving over and over again that they cannot be trusted.  Having botched their sky-is-falling Russia, Ukraine, and the infamous “two scoops” scandal, they are now all-in proclaiming—completely incorrectly—that President Trump called the coronavirus a hoax.

He did not.  In fact, their response to what Trump actually said demonstrates perfectly the point he was making.

The media’s baseless attacks on Trump regarding the coronavirus have been relentless for the past week or so.

The AP even took Democrats to task for their lies about the Trump administration’s response to and preparedness for the outbreak in an article entitled, “AP FACT CHECK: Democrats distort coronavirus readiness.”

Democratic presidential contenders are describing the federal infectious-disease bureaucracy as rudderless and ill-prepared for the coronavirus threat because of budget cuts and ham-handed leadership by President Donald Trump. That’s a distorted picture. For starters, Trump hasn’t succeeded in cutting the budget.

. . . . The broader point about there being “nobody here” to coordinate the response sells short what’s in place to handle an outbreak.

The public health system has a playbook to follow for pandemic preparation — regardless of who’s president or whether specific instructions are coming from the White House. Those plans were put into place in anticipation of another flu pandemic, but are designed to work for any respiratory-borne disease.

Responding to the untruths spewing from Democrats and the media, Trump accurately noted that their fear-mongering and misrepresentation of his administration’s readiness were politically motivated attacks, another hoax ginned up on a foundation of lies, another example of TDS-addled lefties run amok.

Here’s what the president actually said:

Now the Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus. Coronavirus. They’re politicizing it. We did one of the great jobs, you say, “How’s President Trump doing?” They go, “Oh, not good, not good.” They have no clue; they don’t have any clue. They can’t even count their votes in Iowa. They can’t count their votes!

One of my people came up to me and said, “Mr. President, they tried to beat you on Russia, Russia, Russia. That didn’t work out too well. They couldn’t do it. They tried the impeachment hoax. That was on a perfect conversation. They tried anything, they tried it over and over. They’ve been doing it since you got in. It’s all turning, they lost, it’s all turning. Think of it. And this is their new hoax.”

But you know, we did something that’s been pretty amazing. We have 15 people in this massive country, and because of the fact that we won early, we won early, we could’ve had a lot more than that. We’re doing great. Our country is doing so great. We are so unified. We are so unified.

Trump’s remarks are not about the coronavirus itself but are a response to the falsehoods Democrats are spreading with the sole purpose of making this outbreak his Katrina.  Their unfounded attacks, Trump says, are the hoax, the big lie, intended to undermine him with outrageous and untrue claims.

How does the media leap to the defense of Democrats?  By attempting to undermine him with the outrageous and untrue claim that he said the coronavirus itself is a hoax.

CNBC: Trump says the coronavirus is Democrats’ new ‘hoax’
Politico: Trump rallies his base to treat coronavirus as a ‘hoax’
ABC via AP: Trump lashes out at Dems, calls coronavirus their new ‘hoax’
CNBC: Trump calls outbreak a ‘hoax,’ South Korea has record jump in cases
Politico: Biden blasts Trump for calling coronavirus a ‘hoax’
The Hill: Democrat gets in heated exchange with Pompeo at hearing: ‘Do you believe coronavirus is a hoax?’
MSNBC: Michael Moore: Trump calling coronavirus a ‘hoax’ is ‘dangerous’

Needless to say, there’s been a lot of pushback on Twitter.

On Saturday Trump noted what is actually clear from his original statement but was completely misrepresented in media reports:

“No no no, hoax referring to the action they take to try and pin this on somebody because we’ve done such a good job,” he said. “The hoax is on them, I’m not talking about what’s happening here, I’m talking about what they’re doing, that’s the hoax.”

“That’s just a continuation of the hoax, whether it’s the impeachment hoax or the Russia Russia Russia hoax, this is what I’m talking about –certainly not referring to this, how could anyone refer to this, this is very serious stuff,” he said.

Trump says the Democrats’ relentless, untrue attacks on his and his administration’s response to the coronavirus are nothing but another hoax aimed, just like all the others, at taking him down.  The media screeches that Trump claims the coronavirus itself is a hoax.  You can’t make this stuff up.

Speaking of making stuff up . . . .

Earlier this week, we were treated to hysterical claims that the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, was “muzzled” by the Trump administration.

Unsurprisingly, this narrative, too, quickly unraveled.  Not only does Trump deny the claim, but so does Fauci himself. Fauci also explains the events surrounding the unfounded speculation published as “news.”

Fox News reports:

President Trump on Saturday rejected reports that Dr. Anthony Fauci — the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases — was muzzled from speaking to the public about the dangers of the coronavirus.

“That’s a very dishonest question, because he has had that ability to do virtually whatever he’s wanted to do,” Trump said when asked at a White House briefing if he was muzzling Fauci. “He was never muzzled.”

. . . . “I have never been muzzled ever and I’ve been doing this since the administration of Ronald Reagan, I’m not being muzzled by this administration,” Fauci said.

He said he was set up to go on TV shows, but when Vice President Mike Pence was appointed to lead the efforts against the global virus, he stood down from those appearances as they regrouped. He says he then reapplied for clearance to go on the shows and was approved.

“So I have not been muzzled at all, that was a real misrepresentation of what happened,” he said.


Democrats and the media know they are lying, just as they continue to lie about Trump’s comments about Charlottesville.

But the desire to score political points, the desperate #resistance hope that this is the thing that will finally bring Trump down, drives the media to beclown and shame themselves over and over. At this point, they’re no longer sad and pathetic. Now they’re just a laughingstock, a #FakeNews joke that does a disservice to their flailing industry and to our nation.


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More swamp/left/islamic media poison. (Is there any other kind?)

This is an exampe of how ineffective Mike Pence would be against the swamp/left/islamic media – versus, say Pompeo.

I was listening to Pence on Rush Limbaugh’s show the other day, and Pence was putting me to sleep.

He might be a great man, but he does not have the personality to overcome an swamp/left/islamic media onslaught.

So far, only Trump or Pompeo do.

legacyrepublican | February 29, 2020 at 6:13 pm

Lead story headline today and every day ought to just say …

“Media hates Trump!”

So… the media lied. Whoda thunk it?

If someone lied to my face like the press does every single day, I would punch them in their lying fucking mouth.

Media: “You keep calling us liars! That’s unfair!”

Also Media: <endless lies&t;

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | February 29, 2020 at 6:29 pm

Meanwhile all U.S. Trump Supporters are Busy MUNCHING Popcorn!

Oh no!

What is this Breaking News from MSNBC and CNN????????





Vatican confirms Pope Francis and two aides test positive for Coronavirus

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Neo. | February 29, 2020 at 7:28 pm

    Of course the Globalists and their Bought Politicians would lie about that like everything else.

    healthguyfsu in reply to Neo. | February 29, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    Whether true or false, the media are currently spinning those giant squeaky cranks in their collective heads trying to find a way to blame Trump for this. I’m sure their objective reporting standards can come up with a way to do that regardless of the outcome.

Now we are going to see the next big Trump “failure”, the new whistle blower complaint on how the CDC “handled” the arrival of the planeload of mixed US citizens the government was flying to the US.

What people seem to have forgotten, or are ignorant of, the circumstances surrounding the flight in question. The flight was originally supposed to be carrying only supposedly healthy people, not COVID patients. Though the reports are somewhat confusing, it appears that the State department decided, unilaterally, that virus patients would be included. Now, we do not have a clear timeline of when the CDC was notified that there were infected people aboard the aircraft. This could well have impacted the nature of the CDC response as well as the equipment available to the people meeting the plane. So, it doesn’t look as though there will be any “there” there, on this one, either.

Part of me doesn’t like what Trump said in the Q-and-A portion of his first press conference, and at that rally. Too combative during a crisis. Another part of me sees a strategy at work that’s going to just flatten the Democrats and the media, and will make me laugh my ass off, both at them and my own sense of propriety.

I’ve posted a couple comments in other threads about a drug called remdesivir, which cured the very first COVID-19 case. Well, it turns out that remdesivir, a different anti-viral, and a variant of quinine have been in Chinese trials for a few weeks, and show good results. Good enough for the Chinese gov’t to start an attempt to steal the patent from the American company that makes remdesivir.

I think we are soon going to be hearing very good news on remdesivir. Folks who have cash in their accounts, get ready to load up the truck on stocks. There’ll be a bounce next week; then they’ll retest this past Friday’s lows. At that point, pile in.

I think we’ll see a remdesivir announcement in March or April. Naturally, CNN, the Washington Post, the New York Times, NPR, CBS, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, etc., and not “reporting” any of this. But it’s out there on the Internet, and not from the ZeroHedge types.

Make your search term remdesivir trials and see for yourselves. When this hits, Trump’s going to have the last laugh, and so will those who jumped on the stock market opportunity. I wouldn’t call it “once in a lifetime” — those were in 1987 and 2009. But money’s going to be made here.

    RandomCrank in reply to RandomCrank. | March 1, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    Semi-correction: Remdesivir cured the first COVID-19 case in the United States. There is a smidgen of doubt about that, in the sense that some people think the case was getting better anyway. But other reports are positive on the Chinese trials.

    We’ll soon find out, not just from there but I’m sure they’re rushing the drug to South Korea, and its being used on some of the cruise ship passengers who are now quarantined in Nebraska. Stay tuned, folks. This is going to turn out well.

      One nice thing about the morning radio from KFAB 1110 in Omaha (available online) is that they are not afraid to say just what is going on with the Nebraska quarantine. It’s nice compared to the usual media panic show. Heck, I even heard NPR do a straight down the center story on the virus, and that was a shock.

The CDC’s existence is to act as a safeguard against the outbreak of any contagious diseases. They are always on alert and ready to respond without anyone else making a decision. That, as always, is what happened.

In order for Trump to be culpable for mismanaging this threat, he would have to have taken direct action to obstruct the CDC from doing their job. That, as we know, is NOT what happened.

The system is working! Stop already with all of these insane calls for the public to panic! It IS under control so long if we stop the idiots from opening the borders like is happening in Asia and Europe.