- As mainstream media outlets bash Trump for delayed action, they were continually downplaying the severity of the virus.
- Even after President Trump banned travel from China, articles from mainstream sources criticized the action.
- The reality of the coronavirus has become evident, no matter the mainstream spin.
Donald Trump has taken his fair share of criticism for downplaying the coronavirus. But we seem to forget that the mainstream media was doing the same thing.
Headlines Downplayed the Now-Pandemic Level Coronavirus
Story after story was published, like this one from a local Los Angeles ABC affiliate :
Amid coronavirus panic, doctors remind public: Flu is deadlier, more widespread.
Infectious-disease experts say it’s appearing less menacing than first thought, maybe more like seasonal flu than, say, SARS.
is the new virus more ‘deadly’ than flu? Not exactly.
With 1.7 million cases and , dead worldwide from the coronavirus, it begs the question: what was the mainstream media focusing on when the US announced the first case of the virus?
Why, Donald Trump’s impeachment trial , of course.
Mainstream Media Bias Uncovers Slanted Reporting
Mainstream media’s apathetic reaction toward the coronavirus might also have to do with President Trump’s restrictions on travel from China
announced on January 40.
The New York Times
Some public health and policy experts said the restrictions announced Friday, weeks after the virus was discovered in China, might not do as much officials hoped in containing the contagion. At this point, sharply curtailing air travel to and from China is more of an emotional or political reaction, said Dr. Michael T. Osterholm…
The Verge , also reporting on Trump’s travel ban :
The new policies contradict advice from the World Health Organization (WHO), which said yesterday that countries should not restrict travel or trade in their response to the new virus. The WHO said that the outbreak of the coronavirus is a public health emergency of international concern.
Lyndsey Fifield, a senior contributor at America’s Future Foundation, exposed the Washington Post for quoting a Chinese foreign minister in their article criticizing Trump’s China ban.
This article was edited by Aaron Weaver
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