On the last Sunday in March a year ago, The Washington Post Magazine published a goopy cover story titled "Pelosi's Moment. On the last Sunday in March this year, The Post published an "Opinion Essay" in the A section that went on for three pages (with eight photographs) celebrating Pelosi as "A troublemaker with a gavel." Karen Tumulty wrote what sounded like a very long Hallmark Greetings card for Pelosi's 80th birthday.
On Sunday's AM Joy show, MSNBC host Joy Reid gave frequent guest Frank Schaeffer a forum to rant against conservative Christians for supporting President Donald Trump during the pandemic. The longtime liberal activist who often bashes the Christian right slammed President Trump as a "moronic monster" and a "pro-death" President. He also went on to declare that conservative Christians are "in love with the gospel of hatred" because they did not stop supporting the NRA in the aftermath of church shootings.
The White House Coronavirus Task Force was back Sunday with a briefing and President Trump tussled with multiple reporters, most notably another throwdown with PBS NewsHour White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor. Alcindor asked about his comments to Sean Hannity about New York’s ventilator requests, but the President wasn’t having it. Instead, he told her to “be nice,” “don’t be threatening,” and reminded her that, despite how some in the liberal media behave, “we’re all on the same team” in hoping to defeat the virus.
Whether motivated by ratings or by some political agenda, liberal TV news networks on Sunday acted as though the coronavirus numbers released by the Communist Party of China were trustworthy enough to report on American national television. Throughout Sunday morning and into the afternoon, journalists on both cable and broadcast networks proclaimed that the number of confirmed cases in the United States had surpassed those in both China and Italy, even though that claim relies on dubious figures reported by the Chinese government.
The front page of Sunday’s New York Times used the coronavirus crisis to hypocritically accuse the right of spreading life-threatening disinformation about White House coronavirus expert Dr. Anthony Fauci: “Chief Scientist Draws Venom From the Right.” Reporters Davey Alba and Sheera Frenkel actually performed an analytical study of a sparsely populated universe of tweets to conjure up a supposedly newsworthy story. Oddly enough, the Times itself has questioned the credibility of coronavirus expert Dr. Deborah Birx, after she dared to express guarded optimism about the virus. To suggest Birx is a Trump stooge is newsworthy, but to call Fauci a Hillary Clinton stooge demands a front-page Times investigation.
When a crisis hits and a massive legislative package is organized to meet it, it's never surprising when Democrats go to supporting their own media assets. So there on page 746 of the 854-page "stimulus" bill is a provision granting $75 million to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting “to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus, including for fiscal stabilization grants to public telecommunications entities."
New York Times fact-checker Linda Qiu targeted President Trump’s coronavirus response, with statistical sleight of hand, and managed to criticize Trump both for what he does and for not doing it quickly enough: “Analyzing the Patterns in Trump’s Falsehoods About Coronavirus.” After the paper criticizing Trump for the restrictions, Qiu then criticized him for skepticism of those restrictions. Meanwhile, the paper has almost ignored gross failures in their own besieged backyard: The dithering response by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
On Sunday’s Meet The Press, moderator and NBC News political director Chuck Todd conducted a sympathetic interview with Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Almost all of Todd’s questions were open-ended invitations for Biden to speculate about how he'd have handled the coronavirus pandemic better than the President, and at one point the NBC host even asked whether Trump had “blood on his hands.”
On her MSNBC show, Joy Reid warns that President Trump might use the coronavirus crisis as a "guise" to "reign as a monarch." She also mocks the President as "Apprentice Guy."
Conservative Twitter was outraged on Friday by a New York Times op-ed viciously titled "The Road to Coronavirus Hell Was Paved by Evangelicals." On Friday's Fox News at Night, Family Research Council leader Tony Perkins blasted the Times as "reprehensible" for posting this "hate-filled, bigoted rant in their paper."
Lester Holt gave Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York a mostly laudatory interview from a field hospital on Friday's Nightly News. Holt introduced Cuomo as " an outspoken voice with his blunt and sobering assessments You spoke to National Guard troops today in a stirring speech that if I wasn't listening carefully, I thought you were sending soldiers off to war.
If you want to maintain job security at the Washington Post, you must adhere to the Orange Man Bad narrative- whether you are a conservative, or a "conservative" such as columnist Kathleen Parker. On Tuesday, Parker stuck to that policy by writing yet another column based on the Orange Man Bad narrative concerning the response to coronavirus: "Let Andrew Cuomo speak for America, not Trump."
On Saturday's Velshi show, as MSNBC host Ali Velshi again used the coronavirus pandemic to promote an increase in welfare and socialism in the U.S., MSNBC contributor Eddie Glaude made time to go all the way back to the Ronald Reagan administration as he complained about an "ideology" "that has demonized poor people" for decades.
Call me crazy. But I had this strange idea that Americans ran America. I was under the apparently mistaken impression that every four years Americans elected a president. And that when times of crisis hit, as they occasionally do, the American people turn on their televisions, radios or, in today’s world, their computers - and listen to their freely elected leader update them on the crisis.
In Saturday’s New York Times, Noah Weiland and Maggie Haberman irresponsibly suggested coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx has hopelessly compromised her integrity for trying to remain on good terms with her boss, President Trump, in “For Trump Adviser, Urging Calm Has Come With Heavy Criticism.” The press is highly annoyed with Birx for trying to quell panic and doomsaying about the spread of the disease, with the liberal media defaulting to worst-case scenarios: "Dr. Birx’s comments casting doubt on talk of ventilator and hospital-bed shortages, and praising Mr. Trump’s attention to detail in lavish terms, have raised questions about her independence...."