By Tank Murdoch
(TNS) U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams took it to the “mainstream” media on Saturday for their blatant politicization of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, but also asked them to do better and even gave some advice on how they could accomplish it.
After President Donald Trump’s daily update on the government’s coronavirus response, Adams told the media to “hit the reset button” and stop prompting blatant partisanship and the politicization of coronavirus.
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“Straight talk from the nation’s doctor: We really need you all to lean into and prioritize the health and safety of the American people,” Adams said.
“No more bickering, no more partisanship, no more criticism or finger-pointing,” he added.
“They’ll be plenty of time for that, but we all need to hit the reset button and lean into moving forward with the health and safety of the American people as our top priority,” he continued.
“More stories on how people can protect themselves, more people on â€” how people can get the resources that they need, that we’ve unleashed from the federal government, and state and local government, less stories looking at what happened in the past. Again, there’ll be time for that,” he noted further.
Surgeon General Jerome Adams tells the media, "No more criticism and finger pointing" and adds, "Less stories looking back at what happened in the past." pic.twitter.com/9Z3u8XQmqk
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) March 14, 2020
It was great — and necessary — advice, but will these jackals heed it? Not likely.
And do you know who else isn’t likely to heed Adams? Democrats in Congress. Democrats in capitals around the country. Democrats in governor’s mansions.
No one is saying that COVID-19 shouldn’t be taken seriously. While we personally don’t believe that this outbreak merits the sort of outsized response and declarations of emergency that have occurred, we also can’t say it won’t spread, get much worse, and create a lot more chaos.
But the problem is when nearly every single story about the virus circles back to criticism of the Trump administration — or worse yet, is only about criticism of the Trump administration’s response, then that’s not helpful and it’s no fulfilling the media’s primary role, which is to inform people, especially now during a time of supposed crisis.
Stories like this piece of crap from The Hill this morning are not at all helpful.
The entire story is built around criticisms of the Trump administration response from Sen. Patti Murray (D-Wash.), who takes every opportunity to bash Trump for anything and everything. So, of course, she’s going to be “angry and frustrated” over the coronavirus response, because no matter what the president does, she wasÂ going to complain about it.
Not only is this aÂ non-story, but it misses a larger, more important point, such as this: If we’re handing out criticisms, then how come Murray escapes? The majority of coronavirus deaths have occurred in her state; doesn’t she bear any responsibility for a lack of ‘response’ in helping her constituents find the resources they need to ‘better prepare?’ What about state and local officials in Washington — where is her criticism ofÂ them?
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The point is, the story wasn’t a “story” at all, it was propaganda garbage. And totally useless. It had no point and only one objective — to add to the cacophony of screeching at the president by Left-wing hacks and loser politicians whose biggest complaint is that they don’t have any real power right now.
It was just the kind of story that the surgeon general is advising against. But we won’t hold our breath, dear reader, and frankly, neither should you.
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