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Virus Testing Helps Trump, But Left Media Doesn't See It That Way

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U.S. President Donald Trump talks to journalists on the South Lawn while departing the White House for Camp David May 01, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By with Michael R. Shannon Tuesday, 12 May 2020 06:54 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Great movies are known for adding catch phrases to the language that are used long after the movie has faded from memory. "Casablanca" (Warner Bros.) is one such.

There's a scene in which police commander Captain Renault (Claude Rains) enters the casino to collect his winnings and in conversation announces, "I'm shocked, shocked, to find that gambling is going on in here."

On might say the scene is simultaneously ironic and iconic.

What brings this to mind is a story on Fox News that a polling guru much beloved of the left named Nate Silver has observed what he calls a "basic error" in the Opposition Media’s reporting on the Wuflu.

As Fox termed it, "Silver was bothered that certain stories failed to mention that some growth in the coronavirus infection number is a result of an increase in testing."

Silver’s explanation for this obvious reporting error is where he enters Captain Renault territory, "Not providing context on the increase in testing is such a basic error, and has been so widespread, that it's revealing about the media's goals. It's more interested in telling plausibly-true stories ("narratives") that sound smart to its audience than in accuracy/truth per se."

Smart? And what constitutes "smart" for that audience?

It’s obvious.

Stories that cast President Trump and his administration in the worst possible light are what the rabidly anti-Trump OpMedia audience thinks is "smart."

Trump as incompetent granny-killer is what all the best people believe.

Silver can’t bring himself to tell the whole truth — presumably because he doesn’t want to be drummed out of the left entirely. That truth is these stories are slanted for a specific reason, and that reason is to facilitate the defeat the president in November.

Instead Silver equivocates, "That doesn't mean [the media is] just making stuff up or engaging in fake news. On the contrary, the facts it relays are generally accurate in isolation. But the problems are in how facts are strung together and emphasized. Often there are sins of omission (e.g. no context on testing)."

The narrative the OpMedia sells is ending the China flu lockdown will increase the number of cases and kill people just to make Wall Street richer.

That narrative increases pressure to extend the lockdown, which in turn magnifies the damage to the economy.

A ravaged economy seriously damages the prospect for Trump’s re-election.

And defeating Trump at any cost is the goal of the OpMedia.

Increases in raw case numbers feed into the Great Pandemic Panic and make Trump’s reopening decision look reckless.

Putting the increase in cases into context — more testing means more cases are found, but doesn’t mean the virus is increasing in intensity and spread — helps Trump. And it additionally damages the "We’re All Gonna Die" hysteria because more cases discovered proves the death rate from the "Flu Manchu" is much lower than predicted.

It also proves yet again the OpMedia is never to be trusted when the story touches on the Trump administration.

Trump bias is even more infectious than the Wufluenza.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read Michael Reagan's Reports — More Here.

Michael R. Shannon is a commentator, researcher for the League of American Voters, and an award-winning political and advertising consultant with nationwide and international experience. He is author of "Conservative Christian’s Guidebook for Living in Secular Times (Now with added humor!)." Read Michael Shannon's Reports — More Here.

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It proves yet again the OpMedia is never to be trusted when the story touches on the Trump administration.
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Tuesday, 12 May 2020 06:54 AM
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