MEDIA MITIGATION & FEDERAL FAILURES

Will Science & Media Pressure Stop Trump?

We will be deciding soon when and how to reopen our country and economy. The later we decide, the better the odds for success. There is a chance the media has been sucked into Donald Trump’s storyline. Mitigation is a word that is used a lot these days and that applies to a medical solution. Some people think that the left, right and center media have pushed too hard and created panic.

I would like to advance a viewpoint that media hasn’t effectively communicated exactly how deadly this virus is. Sadly, what has helped a bit is famous people either getting the virus or succumbing to it. People are such fans of fame, they see celebrities and public figures as above it all and in some ways, invincible. They aren’t.

It was good that the Prime Minister of the UK, Boris Johnson was released from the hospital and is on the mend. Sadly, Boris was not at all helpful at the beginning of this crisis, saying he would continue to shake hands. There are several video shots of him doing just that. While he was on TV touching other people, the locals were filling up parks and not social distancing at all. When are these powerful people going to realize that they aren’t just politicians? They are role models for their citizens. It’s too bad Johnson got sick and had to be hospitalized, but hopefully he now knows the true nature of the coronavirus.

Trump Giving Reporters the Finger

Trump doesn’t want to talk about his ineffective management of this global pandemic and his sluggish reaction to a serious health crisis, and the press should not mitigate his failures. They need to keep reminding everyone how more lives would have been saved had this president acted smarter and faster. Even Fox News must step up and disconnect from misinformation, lies and, quite frankly, a coverup of the harm they did by their early denials and deceitful reporting. Fox personalities are attempting to say, with a straight face, that they never downplayed the seriousness of the Covid-19 pandemic. You do know, guys, that there is video of you doing that, right?

I know that it’s hard not to keep watching the TV news channels to find out what’s happening. It’s not only a way of staying safe but also a means of keeping us connected to society. I felt much better the day I didn’t watch Trump’s press briefing. He would make a terrible doctor. One minute his tempered words make me feel we will all get through this together, but then he destroys that feeling with petty spats, misinformation, lies about how people vote and his ongoing need to tell us how bad death is. We got that one, professor. I need to know if you have a plan, not all that other theoretical bullshit that wastes the time reporters must spend on fact checking. Why don’t you just give us the facts in your briefings? It would be a great move if you told the reporters you only want questions about the pandemic, not issues like the cost of oil. Really, my gas tank is full, and I have no place to go. Focus on the crisis, orange boy.

This is a very important moment for media. Please listen up. Trump will use you for his own purposes and most of you just repeat his lies, then, a quarter-hour later, you tell us that what the President said was incorrect. So, why do we have to wait for that fact check? Why are you not immediately confronting him during the presser? Just shout out, “That’s not true!” and see the fireworks begin. Yes, if you ask him the “wrong question,” you will extend the press conference and lower the value of the important information. It’s hard, because some of you see the briefings as a way to get at him for a news story, but you are enabling his rambling. If you truly want to help America, keep focus on the facts and the important reason for those briefings. THE COVID-19 VIRUS CRISIS!

I do think that if the White House press corps would keep hitting Trump with critical and important questions, he would either leave or end the briefing earlier. I used to say in business that any meeting lasting more than an hour is a deterrent to productivity. One pundit said, “Why is the president keeping some of the most valuable people standing behind him for two hours when they have much more important work to do?” Ironically, the science team now sits together to the side, within inches of each other?

In the latest episode of the Trump Show we witnessed what many are calling #TrumpMeltdown on Twitter. During Monday’s briefing not only was Trump confronted by reporters on his early inaction during this crisis, but also his contention that he has some absolute power as President. Donald Trump claimed, “I have the ultimate authority. When somebody is the president of the United States, the authority is total and that’s the way it’s got to be.” He didn’t stop there adding, (the governors) “can’t do anything without the approval of the president of the United States.”

Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York, was direct in his criticism of Trump, “I don’t agree! I don’t agree with the president’s legal analysis. The president doesn’t have total authority. We have a constitution. We don’t have a king. We have an elected president. That’s what our founding fathers did when they wrote the constitution.” Cuomo warns of a constitutional crisis “like you haven’t seen in decades” if Trump tries to reopen New York and went so far to urge fellow governors NOT to watch the White House briefings.

The most severe mistake Trump could make would be reopening the country too early and causing a new wave of sickness and death. If that were to happen, Trump would never admit his blunder. Rather he would bullheadedly keep everything open even with another wave of coronavirus hitting Americans. The media cannot mitigate the damage that has already been done by Donald Trump’s ignorance and confusion with science and facts, but they need to step up, confront the man and his lunacy and pressure him into doing the right thing. The media must keep telling America the truth. Sadly, the President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, cannot be trusted. If confronted, he will lie. Sad.

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