President Donald Trump on Monday, April 3, fired back at the mainstream media that criticized his response to the CCP Virus pandemic, showing reporters at the White House press briefing a video of their reporting failures on the outbreak and his success.
“We have a few clips that we’re just going to put up, we could just turn the lights down lower, I think you’ll find them interesting,” President Trump said. “And then we’ll answer some questions, I’ll ask you some questions because you’re so guilty, but forget it.”
President Trump just played a montage of the the media downplaying the Coronavirus in the White House Briefing Room
What a Savage 🔥 pic.twitter.com/rZDio8F27V
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) April 13, 2020
“The media minimized the risk from the start,” the text of the video read, before featuring prominent media professionals downplaying the threat of the virus.
“A lot of people are concerned about the coronavirus because they’re hearing a lot of news about it right now but the reality is comparing it to the flu for example, it’s not even close to being at that stage,” an NBC News reporter said.
“Coronavirus is not going to cause a major issue in the United States,” someone on CBS News said.
I am working hard to expose the corruption and dishonesty in the Lamestream Media. That part is easy, the hard part is WHY?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 13, 2020
The video then featured a timeline of the president’s early actions to fight the pandemic and how media acknowledged that he was criticized at every step.
“As there were more cases, and it was clear that it was spreading out of China—where it originated—the president took this move that he was widely criticized for, by Democrats and even some Republicans at the time. Which was he halted a number of flights from China into the U.S.,” New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman said in an audio clip featured in the video. “The idea was to halt the spread of the disease. Keep transmissions to a minimum. He was accused of xenophobia. He was accused of making a racist move. At the end of the day, it was probably effective, because it did actually take a pretty aggressive measure against the spread of the virus.”
The clip also highlighted praise that the president received from governors from both sides of the aisle such as Democrats New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy, and Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.
CNN then went wild with its chyron at the president’s briefing, changing its banner four times in five minutes and cutting away from the press conference shortly after.
Good thing CNN doesn’t editorialize in its news coverage. https://t.co/YVdFrB43iI
— Brit Hume (@brithume) April 14, 2020