MSM, Using Corovirus As Another Opportunity To Roast Trump

era of light alternative news connectionPresident Trump’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic has been slammed by the mainstream media, with certain networks opting not to air his daily press briefings due to “misinformation.” But polls say the public disagrees.

The Washington Post has been fiercely critical of Trump since long before his election. Yet as the paper described his administration as barrelling “toward calamity” this week, a Washington Post-ABC News poll recorded Trump’s highest ever approval rating, with 48 percent of respondents giving the president the thumbs-up, compared to 46 percent disapproving.

That’s the first time Trump has scored positively on the Post’s poll, but when it comes to his handling of the ongoing pandemic which has killed more than 1,300 Americans thus far, the president’s results are even better. Fifty-one percent approve of his stewardship, while 45 percent don’t.

The results are played out across the board. Polls from Fox News, the Economist, Reuters, Gallup, Emerson and Axios all show positive results for Trump. Gallup’s poll found that 60 percent of Americans support Trump’s response to the crisis, while only 38 percent disapprove. Trump’s handling of the crisis has translated into a record high job approval rating in an average of national polls.

Yet the media tells a different story. President Trump’s daily press briefings are – to quote one NPR station in Seattle – so full of “false or misleading information” that the station will no longer air them.

Staff at CNN and MSNBC have reportedly pleaded with network bosses to drop coverage of the briefings, and the New York Times ran a column on Thursday wondering aloud “should networks cover them?” Individual news personalities have excoriated the president for allegedly spreading baloney. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow said on her show this week that if Trump “keeps lying…it’s going to cost lives.”

But the public isn’t listening. The same Gallup poll whose respondents rated Trump at 60 percent found that out of all the institutions responding to the pandemic, Americans rated the news media the worst, with only 44 percent of Americans expressing any trust in it. Even Congress, a perennially unpopular institution in these kinds of surveys, scored higher than the media.

Trump’s bump in popularity can possibly be explained by the “wartime president” effect. In times of great crisis, the electorate tends to put partisan politics aside and rally around their leader. At least that’s how the theory goes. No US president has ever lost a re-election bid during wartime, and Trump has certainly attempted to portray the Covid-19 pandemic as a warlike situation. Describing the virus as an “invisible enemy,” Trump told reporters last week that “I view it as a, in a sense, a wartime president.” Whether Trump manages to keep the public on side as the death toll climbs, however, depends on his actions in the coming weeks.

The public’s falling trust in the media is a slightly more difficult trend to explain. The public’s confidence in journalism has been falling for the better part of a decade, yet the current crisis seems to have exacerbated the downward trend. For one thing, the general public could be tired of the media crying wolf too many times. Rachel Maddow, for instance, raised concern about Trump’s “misinformation,” yet cable news viewers will remember Maddow’s own spreading of bogus ‘Russiagate’ conspiracies during the first three years of Trump’s presidency.

Likewise, the public expects reporters to hold their leaders to account. Given the gravity of the coronavirus situation, the media could be grilling Trump on any number of issues, from his plan to reopen the American economy in a matter of weeks, to the breakdown of the $2 trillion stimulus bill he may sign shortly, to his reluctance to actually enforce the Defense Production Act to manufacture vital medical equipment.

Yet when reporters choose to scold Trump for “racism” instead, the general public learns nothing new.

Trump’s gripes with the media are long-standing. However, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic seems to be winning more and more Americans over to his side.

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5 Replies to “MSM, Using Corovirus As Another Opportunity To Roast Trump”

  1. Michael

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    You don’t have to do this if you don’t want to, but personally I’ve been sharing some of the good news on the progress with the virus from Goodnewsnetwork on social media. I don’t think I can reach as many people who say, have about 20,000 followers on Twitter considering my Facebook friends are just a collection of close friends, extended family and old classmates, but hopefully it does make a difference.

  2. Max

    Tom, Did you research and test the hypothesis?

    Or, did you simply read the mainstream media narrative about President Trump? About COVID-19?

    It is incredible how many people are programmed by the mainstream media to believe their narrative. The mainstream media have been at it a very long time!

    I was (past tense) aware that the mainstream media did change the ‘story’ from time to time. Now, I know that they do this ALL the time simply to fit THEIR agenda and narrative. Or, should I say to fit the parent company OWNER/CONTROLLER narrative.

    Whatever you believe the case to be…the truth WILL soon come out !

    The TRUTH shall set you FREE!

  3. Max

    Is it not enlightening for all the public when President Trump labels mainstream media articles and news as “fake news”.

    When you actually go out and test the hypothesis about what the President is saying and investigate and research the so-called “news”, it transpires that the mainstream media is spouting nothing but half-truths, fiction and downright lies!

    Why would they do that? Well, for those who are “awake”, we see that their agendas do not tie in to the interests of the mass population. It is simply to control how you think and what you should think by adopting THEIR narrative. It is not about reporting the facts nor the truth, which is usually twisted to fit their narrative. Those following Q will know all about this.

    Trust in the mainstream media: Zero trust from me after my investigations and research.

    We need to question and think for ourselves instead of “blindly” accepting that which is presented by ANY media source!

    The coverage of COVID-19 is beyond reason and is there to simply drive panic in the mass population and not to present the REAL facts and the REALITY of a situation. Why are the figures so exaggerated? There is plenty of evidence that the figures have been blown out of all proportion.

    We have to LEARN to question why this is the case and not accept the news as gospel.

    Is this the beginning of the end of mainstream media? It is clearly heading into the abyss of it’s own extinction, as a consequence of the lies and half-truths that it presents to control the masses. Will the media be subject to a “clean-out” and will NEW laws be put in place to stop them from presenting disinformation. Let’s hope so!

    1. Tom

      Boy Max I do not agree with you or this article.
      I will agree that the news is not 100 percent truthful. But Trump has also lied to the American people.As President you do not tell states that if you are nice to us we will be nice to you. The meaning was do what we tell you and you get your supply’s. That is not a war time President of my country. Let’s not forget Donald J Trump ran from war with the help from his rich daddy
      That being said he know of this virus since 2019 and did nothing he has blamed ever party he could for this virus. And has said it is not his fault. So the truth is he is no President Truman !
      We will get thru this standing togeather as this country has done in the past.
      But I will not give credit to a man that has lied to the people over 1,700 times to make himself look good.
      The good news is truth is coming out from many places.

      1. Tom

        Hi Max yes I do my home work. I respect your view I just do not agree with it. As I said Trump lies as does the media
        As for Q I have read their material but I again I agree with some of it but it never comes to pass.And last polls I do not buy in to them hell they said Cliton would win and we both agree that would be worse then DJT.
        You are right truth will be coming and many will be in a state of non believing it. We have been controlled for many years and we are here to see the change that is coming.I would hope in the furture their are no political partys. Thet we all just live as one and all are equal on the new earth.
        Have a great day my friend