Coronavirus spreading but media's credibility on life support

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Billy Davis, Steve Jordahl (

Trump coronavirus press conferenceThe liberal news media that declared war on Donald Trump years ago is now attacking him over the coronavirus but it’s the reputation of journalism that appears to be on life support.

In recent days and weeks, Wall Street has plummeted and Main Street is being forced to lock the doors from the public, which means the cash register isn’t ringing and bills aren’t getting paid.

According to conservative talk show host Richard Randall, a rattled American public is craving information but the source is a liberal news media.

“They crave information,” he says of the American public, “but what they really crave is facts.”

Meanwhile, the White House, no fan of the media, has nonetheless been delivering daily facts, updates, warnings, and assurances during midday press conferences. President Trump, Vice President Pence, and other key figures tasked with responding to – and stopping – the coronavirus are also fielding questions from a hostile press corps. 

Coronavirus 'Pray for Wuhan'The media questions being asked are often like this: Why did you call the coronavirus the “Chinese virus,” Mr. President?

“I have to call it where it came from,” Trump replied to a reporter, citing China’s own claim that the U.S. military introduced the virus in China. “It did come from China.”

MSNBC host Joe Reid, meanwhile, complained about the press conferences despite the media’s past complaints about Trump avoiding them.

“What’s the point of these pressers? Honest question,” Reid asked via Twitter.

Twitter users responded with a volley of complaints, pointing out that nervous Americans are learning information not only from President Trump but from knowledgeable, key leaders at the CDC and other federal agencies.

“Honest question: What is wrong with you?” replied Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich.

Kyle Drennen of the Media Research Center tells OneNewsNow the Trump administration deserves credit for being "on top" of battling the virus and for keeping the public informed.

"They are doing daily briefings. They declared a national emergency. They're doing what needs to be done," he insists. 

MRC was watching recently when CNN, which has emerged as a daily foe of President Trump,complained that First Lady Melania Trump is not being "vocal" and is keeping a "low profile" during the coronavirus outbreak. 

"There's a coronavirus task force that's giving daily briefings," Drennen responds. "I don't really know what the First Lady is supposed to do on top of that." 

CNN is also comparing the White House’s coronavirus task force to the Obama administration tackling Ebola in 2014: The cable news network complained about a “lack of diversity” among those gathered around the table with President Trump.

New York Times logo (NYT)Over at The New York Times, two of its journalists got busted publishing a shortened portion of a President Trump quote from his phone call with the nation’s governors, which made it appear the president told them they are on their own in the search for respirators and other vital medical supplies.

 “Wow,” replied Julie Bosman, a national correspondent for the Times.

But both Bosman and a second employee, Mara Gay, failed to include the second sentence in which Trump says “we will be backing you” but pressed the governors to not wait on the bureaucracy of the federal government. He avised them to use a “point of sale” approach to get what they needed more quickly from available suppliers. 

After enduring a barrage of complaints via Twitter, Bosman claimed Trump's second sentence was repetitive hence she only published the first sentence.

About that Swine Flu pandemic

Many other Americans are reminding the media that it shrugged off the Swine Flu pandemic in 2009, which hospitalized 274,304 Americans and killed more than 12,400, the CDC has reported.

Wall St. signAnd yet the United States is expected to enter a recession soon – if it hasn’t begun already – after enjoying record-breaking Wall Street gains and record unemployment.

Meanwhile, the Bay Area in California has been locked down for weeks, affecting more than six million people, over concerns about the coronavirus.

According to Randall, the American public wants to know the truth and the current situation in their country.    

“They want to have this put in perspective,” Randall says.


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