Public reassured by press conferences, media sickened most

Friday, March 27, 2020
Chad Groening (

Trump coronavirus press conferenceA new poll suggests the public approves of President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak but the media appears sickened by the news.

A newly released Gallup Poll found a whopping 60 percent approve of President Trump's handling of the coronavirus crisis while only 38 percent disapprove. According to party breakdown, 94 percent of Republicans, 60 percent of independents, and 27 percent of Democrats expressed approval.

The same polling firm also found that Trump’s approval rating jumped to 49 percent, up five points from earlier this month.

‘How many deaths acceptable?’

President Trump was criticized for a lack of reassurance in his Oval Office address on March 12, and also for his past Twitter statements dismissing the virus as a danger to the country. More recently, however, the President has been flanked by Vice President Mike Pence and top medical experts, such as Dr. Anthony Fauci, at daily White House press conferences that are informing a worried public with facts, updates, and projections.  

The press conferences have also publicized the combative and snarky White House press corps, which repeatedly - four times in one press conferecne - accused the president of racism for stating “Chinese virus” to describe the coronavirus, which originated in Wuhan, China. 

Poison-selling China basking in own PR propaganda

Fresh off their victory in punishing their own virus-striken people, authoritarian communist leaders in China are getting some help from an unlikely source: the media in the United States.

After covering up the coronavirus pandemic, and punishing whistle blowers who tried to warn the world, the Chinese Community Party is paying for PR stories that appear to be regular news stories.

“China’s virus containment wins praise,” reads a Wall Street Journal headline that is actually, technically speaking, not an actual news story.

The story comes from China Daily, a state-run propaganda machine, that can be found here courtesy of the Journal. Only alert leaders will notice the “paid program” note at the top of the article explaining it did not originate from the Journal.

National defense analyst Bob Maginnis says China is attempting to “rewrite history” when the virus came from its homeland and spread due to the secrecy of china’s communist leaders.

“They're rewriting the series of events that led to this current pandemic,” Maginnis says, “and that is their own culpability in failing to alert the world that there was this terrible virus that was coming to their front door.”

China is currently being praised for helping other countries fight the virus, though some countries are learning the problem with that help, however, such as faulty testing kits sold to hard-hit Spain.

“China creates the poison and sells the solution to it,” China expert Gordon Chang told Fox News.  

This week, a reporter asked President Trump, “How many deaths are acceptable?”

“How many? None,” Trump replied. “How many deaths are acceptable to me? None.”

The reporter’s question came after some including President Trump have called for governors and mayors to ease the stay-at-home restrictions and allow some businesses to open back up, which the reporter was implying would allow more people to die. Yet a day later came the news of 3.2 million unemployment claims – a record number - filed with the U.S. Labor Dept. 

Meanwhile, the media appears to be nakedly upset over the press conferences: A media reporter for The New York Times called them a “ratings hit” but suggested Trump is “misleading” the public.

A Seattle-based NPR affiliate announced this week it would no longer carry them due to “false or misleading information” that cannot be fact-checked before it airs.

Dr. Fauci criticized the media for claiming disagreements between himself and President Trump.

"The president has listened to what I have said and what the other people on the task force have said. When I have made recommendations he has taken them," Fauci told reporters. "The idea of just pitting one against the other is just not helpful."

Some media critics suggested this week there was no outcry over the press conferences until polling showed the public approved of them.

Focus on ‘what is good’

Asked about the coming weeks and months, Texas-based conservative activist Cathie Adams says Trump’s best re-election plan is to focus on “what is good” for America and for its families. The $2 trillion relief bill is an example of that, she says.

“I think that is going to play very well for him,” she predicts. “And if businesses are forced to close down because of a virus, then there is something the government can do. We have sent them a lot of our money in taxes and I think that this is certainly a time when those taxes need to be used to support families."

Adams says she knows a family with six children that operates four Subway sandwich shops that is struggling to keep the businesses afloat.

“In one shopping mall, only 20 percent of their normal business is coming in,” she says. “So this is hurting families.”


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