Former Vice President Joe Biden, center, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., far right, participate in a Democratic presidential primary debate at CNN Studios in Washington, Sunday, March 15, 2020. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Media just lost it today in after a Wuhan coronavirus press briefing.
After President Donald Trump went through all kinds of information and detail trying to reassure the public, NBC’s Peter Alexander basically acted as though Trump hadn’t said anything and asked in an antagonistic way with numbers of cases and deaths going up, what could he say now to Americans are scared?
"What do you say to Americans who are watching you right now who are scared?"
President Trump: "I'd say you're a terrible reporter… The American people are looking for answers and they're looking for hope and you're doing sensationalism…" pic.twitter.com/JEQmH6XPYp
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) March 20, 2020
He tried to claim it was just a “simple question” (just skip the loaded parts and the fact that Trump had just told him what he had to say to the American people).
I offered both Pres Trump and VP Pence an opportunity to reassure Americans.
Simple question: “What do you say to Americans who are scared?”
Trump, to me: “I say, you’re a terrible reporter.”
Pence, an hour later: “Don’t be afraid. Be vigilant.”
— Peter Alexander (@PeterAlexander) March 20, 2020
Skip this part too that he said immediately before.
Forgot this part at the beginning, Peter: “Is your impulse to put a positive spin on things maybe giving Americans a false sense of hope and misrepresenting your preparedness right now.” Why? https://t.co/U97rSO11Gp
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) March 20, 2020
Even in the middle of dealing with a pandemic they just can’t shut off the attack and the spinning.
If Trump says something reassuring it’s “downplaying” things. If he doesn’t say something they like he’s not being “reassuring” when we gave him the opportunity to be. He could say anything and it would still be wrong to them, because that is always how they would spin it.
And then you'd attack him for encouraging false hope. https://t.co/HlZIPrXom0
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) March 20, 2020
Oh look, this tweet today from CNN basically proves the point, almost word for word.
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) March 20, 2020
How dare he be positive! How dare he offer hope! What a terrible president!
What would they rather he do? Promote panic like they are constantly doing? Do they wonder why Americans no longer trust them or have any faith in them?
Is there any wonder that he loses his patience with nonsense like this? It’s a constant drumbeat with the only consistent theme being whatever Trump does is axiomatically wrong.
Even offering hope, a truly needed thing at a time when media wouldn’t stop pushing panic, is now bad and “unsubstantiated.”
You have folks having to stay home, social distancing, losing jobs and all their normal activities.
Trump is doing a good job at offering a mixture of economic, medical and other reassurance. Perhaps media could learn something from that?
Here’s a thought. How about just for a month, the media doesn’t play these constant games? How about they put aside their attacks on behalf of the Democratic narrative and put the interests of Americans first.
How about they do a little “Country over Party?”
— wagtoons (@wagtoons) March 20, 2020