Here's Documented Evidence of the Political Games the National Media Are Playing in the Midst of Pandemic

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President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the press briefing room at the White House in Washington, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

You know where I’m getting most of my Wuhan coronavirus news from these days? Local journalists and news broadcasts.

These are people with boots on the ground in my backyard, my city, and my state, gathering all the latest information from community leaders, and local and state officials, and bringing it to you. More often than not, I can count on these people to be objective in their reporting, to give the straight skinny without the political spin.

The same, unfortunately, cannot be said about about the national media. I watched and read in disgust over the weekend at the number of political tricks national media outlets like the Washington Post, CNN, and the New York Times tried to pull as the number of documented cases grew. My colleagues here at RedState wrote about some of them.

For example, the New York Times was caught with three different headlines on their story about how, thanks to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s partisan stunts, Senate Democrats filibustered a procedural vote Sunday on an economic stimulus bill that everyone thought was a done deal.

The first one didn’t make Democrats look good, so they changed it into something more flattering. And then they changed it again:

The Washington Post played similar games:

So did CNN. This was the breaking news alert I received in email about what happened on the economic stimulus bill:

Then there was CNN’s Jake Tapper getting snippy when he was called out over selective reporting:

CNN also engaged in what amounted to promoting foreign propaganda while at the same time being critical about Trump trying to give the American people hope:

Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra pointed out an odd line from a New York Times article. In a supposed straight news report, Trump was characterized as someone who “has struggled to feel anyone’s pain, unlike past presidents”:

Here’s the Washington Post’s Philip Rucker, picking sides between Trump and NY Gov. Cuomo:

Also, the Washington Post engaged in a framing fail:

I don’t know if those statistics are accurate or not, but if so, isn’t the bigger story the fact that 7 of 8 do?

There’s also the media’s “Chinese virus” obsession, and their “Kung flu” hysteria.

I could go on and on, but I think the point has been made.

What’s especially maddening about all of this is that it is being done in the middle of a global pandemic, when people are looking to the media, their political leaders, and public health officials in order to get accurate information about what’s going on, when relief is coming, and what to do. Most people aren’t looking for spin – they’re looking for answers, guidance, and for hope in the midst of this crisis.

And the national media are failing them.