A time of a completely nonpartisan national health crisis should be when the country comes together, but alas the chorus of malcontents are singing the anthems of chaos.
Among the worst examples of this came from (sigh) The New York Times — which is accusing Fox News of jeopardizing national health with its COVID 19 coverage.
Just this week NYT Ginia Bellafante blamed Hannity for a man's death because of a quote he made A WEEK after the man left on a cruise to Spain where he contracted corona. (He shot back here.)
This is after — cherry-picking examples from Fox News’ opinion programs – NYT columnist Ben Smith accused the network of downplaying the seriousness of the coronavirus in their coverage, thereby putting their own viewers at risk. He later suggested that Fox encouraged employees to come to work who had been confirmed with having the virus – as some kind of nefarious plot.
Oddly, while Mr. Smith tweeted on March 22 that that “Fox failed its viewers and the broader public in ways both revealing and potentially lethal," just a few days earlier he’d tweeted that it was "a font of . . . good information from doctors."
Now it’s understandable if competing news outlets don’t like Fox. Fox devastates its competitors in the ratings and makes more money than The New York Times could dream of. But if Mr. Smith wants to use “the Paper of Record” to attack other news outlets for their COVID-coverage, there are plenty of bad actors to choose from.
Never mind that Tucker Carlson on January 29 rebuked left-wing media for their impeachment obsession at the expense of covering more substantive issues. “For starters, at this very moment, a serious viral outbreak is spreading across China, the world's biggest country,” Carlson wrote. “In just a matter of weeks, this new strain of coronavirus has generated almost as many new cases as SARS did in three full months. Remember SARS?”
Two days later, The Washington Post wrote that "Our brains make coronavirus seem scarier than it is."
On February 28, Sean Hannity warned that, "Coronavirus is dangerous. Those infected are contagious before they show symptoms. They don't know they have it. The rapid spread is concerning." This on the same day that The Post published, "I have the coronavirus. So far it isn't that bad."
The notion that the coronavirus was any different from the common flu was supported by The Post, BuzzFeed, The Daily Beast, and NBC News. But then quickly the tune became "Let’s Call It Trumpvirus" and "Is coronavirus Donald Trump's Katrina?" and "The coronavirus is Trump’s Chernobyl."
That last one was last yet another from the once-great Washington Post, but I’m pretty sure they put Chernobyl – the worst nuclear disaster in human history, one exclusively the fault of an incompetent, far-left government – in the headline just for search engine optimization from people watching the HBO show.
Meanwhile, the most disturbing trend from America’s left-wing new outlets is the bizarre way they’ve turned the COVID-19 crisis into an opportunity to shill for the Chinese Communist Party. Not only did "a quasi-official" Chinese outlet gains access to coronavirus press briefing to promotes Beijing, but American outlets seem happy to do it for free.
The New York Times’ Ian Johnson bemoaned that China heroically stood alone against the contagion like Gandalf on a bridge while the rest of the world dragged its collective feet. NBC News published a piece that would have to become significantly more reputable to become propaganda, "Coronavirus in China kept me under quarantine. I felt safer there than back in the US." Not to be outdone, Aaron Blake of The Washington Post literally blames Trump for the virus instead of the CCP.
It’s racist to call a virus from China a Chinese virus – even though NBC, the NYT, and CNN have all done just that – and the irrefutable academic evidence that there would be 95 percent fewer cases worldwide were it not for Beijing’s corruption and incompetence.
Proponents of the fourth estate like to insist that a robust news media is essential for a democracy to function. It is. But that’s not what we have anymore in outlets like the Times, the Post, CNN, and so on. If they want to hide behind that defense, they need to start behaving like journalists again.
Jared Whitley is a long-time politico who has worked in the U.S. Congress, White House, and defense industry. He is an award-winning writer, having won best blogger in the state from the Utah Society of Professional Journalists (2018) and best columnist from Best of the West (2016). He earned his MBA from Hult International Business School in Dubai. Read Jared Whitley's Reports — More Here.
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