President Donald Trump speaks during a press briefing with the coronavirus task force, at the White House, Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
As we’ve documented extensively here at RedState, there’s been a lot of misinformation reported about the Wuhan coronavirus, especially as it relates to the Trump administration’s handling of the outbreak.
Much of this misinformation has come from the same national media outlets who have repeatedly played despicable political spin games in order to “report” news to you in such a way so as to make people believe the country is falling apart due to supposed inept leadership on the crisis, starting with Trump.
Fox News’ Jesse Watters put together a good, comprehensive 4 minute report over the weekend that debunked some of the mainstream media’s more sensationalistic claims about the CDC, Trump’s comments about states obtaining supplies, alleged funding cuts to the CDC and more. I hope you’ll take the time to watch it and perhaps pass it on to others may be misinformed on these issues.
Below the video, I’ll include links to reporting from my RedState colleagues and I that detail some claims made by the media and how they aren’t true or are, at the very least, very misleading.
.@JesseBWatters fact checks the media’s Coronavirus LIES. @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/HF3HBKGyAj
— Watters' World (@WattersWorld) March 22, 2020
— No, Trump did not call the coronavirus a “hoax” -> They’re At It Again: Media Claims Trump Called Coronavirus a ‘Hoax,’ But That’s Not What He Said
— No, Trump did not tell states they were “on their own” regarding obtaining vital supplies including ventilators -> How Fake News Spreads: Multiple NYT Journos Share Altered Trump Quote From Conference Call With Governors
— Yes, the American people are giving Trump high marks for his handling of the Wuhan coronavirus crisis -> WaPo Calls for End to Live Broadcasts of Trump’s Daily Chinese Virus Briefings as Approval Ratings Soar
— Another media claim debunked -> Contrary to Reports, Google Confirms It Is Working With the Trump Administration to Help Track Wuhan Virus Outbreaks
— Regarding those W.H.O. testing kits -> Biden Gets Busted by Politifact for False Story That Trump Rejected WHO Tests
– Was the CDC’s pandemic office elimated? Nope -> WaPo Opinion Piece Debunks Another False Story: No, Trump Didn’t ‘Eliminate’ the Pandemic Response Office