Trump’s war on reality is taking a dangerous turn when he challenges media coverage of coronavirus
Since the dawn of the Trump presidency, countless experts have warned that the lack of credibility of the president in case of an emergency will imperil the nation.
Those fears may come true with the worsening coronavirus outbreak.
The political allies of President Trump have made overly optimistic statements only to be contradicted by the top scientists and doctors in the government. Trump, for instance, said on Monday that the coronavirus was “very much under US control.” A day later, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the spread of the virus to the US was imminent. He said the stock market was “starting to look very good” even as the Dow was amid anxiety about coronavirus.
And the president blamed the media for this predicament. Reverting to the same tactics he used since taking office.
In a widely criticized tweet on Wednesday, he said that CNN and MSNBC “do all they can to make the coronavirus look as bad as possible. Including, if possible, panic markets”. He misspelled coronavirus, and the mistake is still apparent on his Twitter profile over eight hours later.
Yet misspelling the virus name is the least of the problems the government faces. President Trump has systematically undermined trust in the media. And other organizations that play important roles in emergencies for public health. He has specifically said he does not trust outlets he does not approve of.
He has taken part in what we have termed a “attack on science” by several columnists. Scientists were under effect. An investigation by The New York Times last December found that Trump appointees are “under attack” on science.
“Trump’s contempt for research and its cuts to science and public health programs have subverted preparedness for emergencies like coronavirus,” said Michiko Kakutani. The well-known literary critic and author of “The Death of Reality.”