Bias by Omission
It’s unfortunate that CNN Prime Time host Chris Cuomo had contracted the coronavirus and had to be quarantined in his basement. But it was only a matter of time before he and the network exploited it to bash President Trump. They made their move on Wednesday when they used Cuomo’s diagnosis to dredge up the long-debunked claim that the President had called the virus a “hoax.” He even went to a disgustingly dark place and suggested that we might not survive with Trump leading the country.
Despite the fact President Trump had banned flights from China from entering the U.S. back in January (a move praised by Dr. Anthony Fauci as crucial to the fight against the coronavirus), the CBS Evening News and White House correspondent Weijia Jiang spent a portion of Wednesday’s program pushing suggestions the administration had acted too slowly and it was costing American lives.
Panic and fear were on the top of the agenda for ABC’s World News Tonight and CBS Evening News during their Monday night broadcasts. Each of these networks harped on valid worries over a lack of personal protective equipment for health care workers, ventilators, and the lag in results of coronavirus testing. But it was only NBC Nightly News that highlighted what the Trump administration was doing to alleviate the problems.
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.
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.
Amid hours upon hours of coronavirus coverage, one thing that’s rarely heard: any criticism of how the communist government in Beijing handled the outbreak. MRC's analysis of ABC, CBS and NBC's weekday evening newscasts found out of 634 minutes of total coronavirus coverage, our analysts found only 3 minutes, 14 seconds — less than one percent — discussed topics unflattering to the Chinese government.
Apparently, American manufacturing workers and scientists weren’t good enough to help America through the coronavirus crisis and we could only get through it with the help of those that caused it: China. That’s according to Beijing-loving New York Times columnist Tom Friedman during a Thursday night appearance on CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time.
CNN political commentator and former Florida gubernatorial candidate Andrew Gillum saw his political and media career quickly evaporate after being found by police in a Miami Beach hotel room last week with a gay male escort, an apparent overdose, crystal meth, vomiting, incoherence, and much more. Gillum announced he was entering rehab and retiring from public life for a while. CNN issued only one sanitized report from Oliver Darcy, days before the rehab announcement.
While the communist Chinese government was busy cranking out deceitful propaganda claiming the coronavirus had originated in the United States, CNN’s Chris Cuomo spent part of his Wednesday night show scolding President Trump for calling it the “Chinese Virus.” He even suggested that top health officials don’t call it that “because it could have come from anywhere.”
Communist China knew about the coronavirus for months and wasted critical time trying to silence those who tried to warn the world. But broadcast networks ABC and NBC seemed intent to help the Chinese propaganda machine cover up those facts on Wednesday as they insisted President Trump was being “racist” by calling it the “Chinese Virus”. ABC White House correspondent Cecilia Vega even insinuated Trump was trying to unfairly shift blame onto the communists.
As the liberal media were busy trying to gaslight the world into thinking that alternate names for the coronavirus (Wuhan Virus or Chinese Coronavirus) were racist, Tuesday’s CBS Evening News sought to help out China’s propaganda campaign and claim that they “attacked” the virus. In reality, China spent critical weeks pouring more resources into trying to stop information about the virus from spreading rather than trying to stop the virus itself.
Demonstrating that the paper’s priorities remained in perfect order, New York Times reporter Katie Rogers nailed the real coronavirus crisis: “Politicians’ Use of ‘Wuhan Virus’ Starts a Debate Health Experts Wanted to Avoid -- Despite the recommendations of health officials, some conservatives are using the term to describe Covid-19, prompting a blame game over who is politicizing the coronavirus.”