When Gallup released the results of their recent Coronavirus
crisis trust poll,
I can’t help but think there were several jaws that hit the floor in America’s
newsrooms. Having asked the American people whether they approved or
disapproved of the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic by a host of various
leaders and institutions, there was only one that found more disapproval than
approval, on average.
President Trump? No, by a wide 22 points, Americans approved
of his leadership.
Governors? An even wider approval of roughly 80%. Ditto that
on hospitals, schools, and employers.
So it had to be Congress, right? They are always underwater
when it comes to public opinion, after all. But actually, when it comes to this
crisis, Americans are pleased with their leadership by a 59-37 margin.
No, as it turns out, the only institution in America that
citizens are vigorously disgusted with is the media and its sensationalist,
hysteria-driven, panic-inciting, and painfully politically motivated coverage
of a serious crisis.
Besides inexplicably offering shameless cover for the
Chinese communist thugs who precipitated this pandemic and whose lies spread a
deadly contagion all over an unsuspecting world, even those media figures who
historically attempted to maintain some standard of dignity and objectivity to
their reporting have seized upon this as the silver bullet to take out their
mortal enemy in the White House.
A perfect example is CNN’s Jake Tapper. Respected widely as
the closest thing the embarrassing network can offer as a credible journalist,
Tapper has seemingly abandoned any effort to maintain that reputation.
Days ago when he interviewed socialist Representative
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the chatty Congresswoman repeated a now widely
discredited falsehood about President Trump calling the coronavirus a hoax.
Tapper knew it was a lie, even acknowledging as much later, but still willfully
chose to let it go unchallenged:
Wait, it’s “tough to justify” being truthful yourself
because you think someone else isn’t? What kind of integrity or professionalism
Then, days later, Tapper was at it again:
Nor did Tapper find any interest in asking Pelosi if she was
“downplaying the severity” of the coronavirus when she called the President’s now-prescient looking travel ban from China, “un-American
Couple Tapper’s conduct with NBC’s illustrious Chuck Todd
actually peddling the nonsensical and completely irresponsible rhetoric that
Trump has “blood on his hands”:
Keep in mind, these are not NBC and CNN’s equivalents of
Sean Hannity or Laura Ingraham. These aren’t supposed to be “opinion
journalists.” These are the faces of their networks’ objective news divisions.
Given that reality, the only thing shocking about the disparity between the large number of people who disapprove of the media and the small number that approve is that it isn’t far wider.