As we’ve previously reported, media outlets from NPR to NBC News have all suddenly rediscovered the Wuhan virus is a thing again, conveniently doing so the moment the Trump campaign announced President Trump would be back on the campaign trail and holding rallies later this month.
This despite two weeks of fawning coverage over the George Floyd marches across the country, which saw thousands of people packed into crowded streets, many standing shoulder to shoulder. Some of the marchers included Democratic politicians who just weeks prior were talking about how people marching to reopen their states back up so they could earn a living were public health risks who were endangering the lives of their fellow citizens just so they could get a haircut.
Here’s a side-by-side comparison of how NPR covered the Floyd protests versus the Trump campaign’s announcement:
Does NPR think people are stupid? pic.twitter.com/5YF9xjPkAn
— Matt Wolking (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@MattWolking) June 9, 2020
Here’s a comparison of NBC News’s coverage then versus now:
Little over an hour apart. pic.twitter.com/K2a7fGRNDd
— Mark Hemingway (@Heminator) June 15, 2020
As you might except, President Trump is having none of it. He took to the Twitter machine this morning, and after blasting the “Covid shamers” in the media for how they covered the Floyd protests, some of which turned into riots, versus what they’re saying now about the upcoming rallies, he had two words for journalists who thought their shaming would convince him and/or the campaign to reverse course:
The Far Left Fake News Media, which had no Covid problem with the Rioters & Looters destroying Democrat run cities, is trying to Covid Shame us on our big Rallies. Won’t work!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2020
I should point out that the Trump rallies will be doing something we didn’t seen done much if at all during the protests for George Floyd:
People attending President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday will receive temperature checks, masks and hand sanitizer before entering the arena, the Republican’s campaign said.
The campaign said there have been more than 1 million ticket requests for the indoor rally, Trump’s first in the three months since the new coronavirus curbed travel and shut down the economy.
People lining up to get into the venue will face temperatures forecast to be up to 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 degrees Celsius). Precautions will be taken against the heat and there will be bottled water, campaign spokesman Brad Parscale said on Monday on Twitter.
Memo to the media and Democrats: There’s nothing in the Constitution that says one group’s First Amendment rights are more sacred than others, no matter how inconvenient to your narratives they may be.
Trump understands that. Too bad reporters and their allies in the Democratic party don’t.