“Coronavirus now, politics later – please,” Media Research Center President Brent Bozell writes in a Washington Times commentary urging the liberal media to turn their efforts from their obsession with attacking President Donald Trump to serving the greater good during a time of national crisis.
In “How the liberal media weaponizes COVID-19 against Trump,” Bozell explains the ways a partisan media are using the virus to attack Trump, rather than to unite Americans’ efforts against a deadly, common enemy:
“America faces an existential threat from the COVID-19 virus, but our response is made needlessly more difficult because a partisan media has weaponized the virus as a cudgel against the president. Instead of a rallying point for America, our fight against the pandemic has become a political football.
“New York Times media critic Ben Smith has even suggested that America could have averted the coronavirus crisis altogether during ‘two crucial weeks in late February and early March,’ when Fox News Channel’s ‘hosts and guests, speaking to Fox’s predominantly elderly audience, repeatedly played down the threat of what would soon become a deadly pandemic.’”
Instead of politicizing the COVID-19 threat, media should cover it as they did when America was attacked on 9/11, Bozell writes.
“Make no mistake: The complaints about media politicizing this crisis are accurate and well deserved,” Bozell explains, detailing examples of media misrepresentations and bias in coronavirus coverage by the likes of CNN, The New York Times, and The Washington Post.
Read “How the liberal media weaponizes COVID-19 against Trump,” in The Washington Times.