The so-called straight news journalists are now injecting their own opinions into articles specifically to achieve a political end. They do this by deciding which stories to cover and by selectively choosing what sources they will use to make their case.
When it comes to CoronaVirus, the media are opportunists. No matter what Trump does, they find a way to criticize it in the moment.]
This is a great thread from Yossi Gestetner that shows how Politico has played politics with Trump's CoronaVirus response and got caught doing it.
"The Trump admin's quarantine and travel ban in response to the Wuhan coronavirus could UNDERCUT international efforts to fight the outbreak by antagonizing Chinese leaders, as well as stigmatizing people of Asian descent, according to public health experts and lawmakers."— Yossi Gestetner (@YossiGestetner) March 8, 2020
Sun Feb 2, the Trump Admin ordered U.S. travelers to China’s Hubei province to be held in a mandatory quarantine for two weeks, the anti-Trump article by @AliceOllstein at Politico quoted "healths experts" who said this will make it worse because people will hide their symptoms. pic.twitter.com/wABifxgJmQ— Yossi Gestetner (@YossiGestetner) March 8, 2020
At the end of the article, paragraph 20 onward, did Politico finally have a few quotes backing the Trump Admin's early public efforts on Corona which, again, was almost 3 weeks before it was reported to have reached Italy, S. Korea and so on. Why is this relavant? Because the— Yossi Gestetner (@YossiGestetner) March 8, 2020
Interesting is that when the Admin announced measures 5 + weeks ago (which was weeks before the numbers came in from Italy etc), it was @ddiamond who wrote an article which showed that many arms of the US Gov are fully invovled from CDC to State and DHS. https://t.co/1d0ThPNM27— Yossi Gestetner (@YossiGestetner) March 8, 2020
Politico's narrative in early Feb didn't just attack the Trump Admin's steps on Corona as being too much. The article kept blaming the moves as harming efforts to control the virus! One such claim came from @RepBera; the other came from WHO's top doctor! See the four attachments: pic.twitter.com/fP76RMg2SQ— Yossi Gestetner (@YossiGestetner) March 8, 2020
Politico went out of its way to pick and choose sources who were criticizing Trump's Coronavirus policy. Today, they are trying to claim that Trump's actions were "widely hailed as strong an appropriate response."
If they were so widely hailed, why is it that Politico only seemed to cite anti-Trump sources???