Trump is accused of downplaying the coronavirus risk by the very media who mocked government and ‘right-wing’ concerns
The internet is forever.
As the rest of the world battles a deadly pandemic, the media elites suffer from an acute case of Trump Derangement Syndrome. It’s so acute, that they are seemingly completely focused on tearing down the president at this time of national (and global) crisis. It’s a losing strategy, but it’s the only thing they can manage.
The latest was this gem from the Boston Globe editorial board that histrionically claimed Trump has “blood on his hands” for his handling of the Wuhuan coronavirus outbreak.
Here is one paragraph (yes, it’s only one; I broke up the wall of text for ease of reading):
What we have instead is a president epically outmatched by a global pandemic. A president who in late January, when the first confirmed coronavirus case was announced in the United States, downplayed the risk and insisted all was under control. A president who, rather than aggressively test all those exposed to the virus, said he’d prefer not to bring ashore passengers on a contaminated cruise ship so as to keep national case numbers (artificially) low.
A president who, consistent with his mistrust and undermining of scientific fact, has misled the public about unproven cures for COVID-19, and who baited-and-switched last week about whether the country ought to end social distancing to open up by Easter, and then, on Saturday, about whether he’d impose a quarantine on New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut.
A president who has pledged to oversee the doling out of the $500 billion in corporate bailout money in the latest stimulus package, some of which will go to the travel industry in which his family is invested. A president who spent a good chunk of a recent press conference complaining about how hard it is for a rich man to serve in the White House even as Americans had already begun to lose their jobs, their health care, and their lives.
A president who has reinforced racial stigma by calling the contagion a “Chinese virus” and failed to collaborate adequately with other countries to contain their outbreaks and study the disease. A president who evades responsibility and refuses to acknowledge, let alone own, the bitter truth of National Institutes of Health scientist Dr. Anthony Fauci’s testimony: that the country’s testing rollout was “a failing.”
Wading through the turgid, self-satisfied bloat of this prose, the Globe editorial board takes the time to lambaste Trump for downplaying the threat early on.
It’s interesting how they seem to have memory-holed their own—and their media peers’—initial downplaying of the then-unknown potential crisis.
Media wasn’t exactly on the ball either… pic.twitter.com/P4qkyK1GoK
— Barbara Boland (@BBatdc) March 30, 2020
And they weren’t doing it only “in print,” the cable MSM was downplaying it, as well.
To hear them now, they all saw it coming and had been issuing warnings for months, warnings Trump supposedly ignored.
Twitchy has some good responses to that loser, #FakeNews narrative.
Remember all those questions for the Democratic Candidates during the debates about the Corona virus?
— Philip J. Donohue (@GardenStateBlog) April 1, 2020
Media now “Trump should’ve shut down the economy and implemented Stay-At-Home policy in February!”
— peg (@pegj_) April 1, 2020
Remember that ban on many flights/passengers from China that Trump issued in late January? The one the Democrats and media condemned as xenophobic and racist? Well, now Trump is incompetent for not having done it sooner and made the restrictions broader, according to the New York Times.
Is it any wonder the media is cratering in public opinion? Honestly, I don’t think they will be able to hang on to these glory days of “cratering” for much longer given what now passes for “journalism.” Speaking of which, have you heard the one about the journalist . . . .DONATE
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