List: Media's Original Take on Travel Bans Abandoned Common Sense for Trump Hate
Social Media Expert Tracks Down Media's 1st Reporting on COVID - the Difference Is Breathtaking
By Harold Hutchison
Published March 22, 2020 at 3:39pm
While the mainstream media is currently blasting President Donald Trump for allegedly not acting aggressively enough in handling the Wuhan coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, many correspondents were singing a different tune not so long ago.
In fact, they were critical of the aggressive actions Trump was taking around the end of January, including the Jan. 31 ban on travelers from China and quarantines ordered for U.S. citizens returning from China.
But you do not need to take our word for it.
Lyndsey Fifield, social media manager for the Heritage Foundation, has made a little list on Twitter.
For example, she notes that a New York Times report from Jan. 31 paraphrased Dr. Michael T. Osterholm, an epidemiologist at the University of Minnesota, as calling the ban and quarantine measures an emotional or political reaction.
Fifield then followed with a look at the Washington Posts coverage of Trumps order.
A Jan. 31 report in The Washington Post quoted a Twitter post by the Foreign Ministry of the Peoples Republic of China, which whined, In disregard of WHO recommendation against travel restrictions, the US went the opposite way.
The whinefest continued with the Chinese spokesman asking, Wheres the empathy?
Given what we now know about the cover-up the Peoples Republic of China carried out, awe wonder if the Washington Post and New York Times would like to ask the Chinese some tough questions.
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