Monday, September 21, 2020

President Trump's Achievements Would Be 'Canonized' if the Obama Administration Had Done Them

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In 2017, the liberal Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University found that 93 percent of CNN’s coverage of the Trump administration was negative. The center found similarly negative Trump coverage at other major news outlets.
The election year 2020 has only accelerated that asymmetrical bias — to the point that major newspapers and network and cable news organizations are now fused with the Joe Biden campaign.
Sometimes stories are covered only in terms of political agendas. Take COVID-19.
The media assure us that the Trump administration’s handling of the pandemic has been a disaster. But their conclusions are not supported by any evidence.
In the United States, the coronavirus death rate per million people is similar to, or lower than, most major European countries except Germany.
When the virus was at its worst, before the partisan campaign of this election year heated up, the governors in our four largest states had only compliments for the Trump administration.
Democrats Andrew Cuomo of New York and Gavin Newsom of California and Republicans Greg Abbott of Texas and Ron DeSantis of Florida effusively praised the administration’s cooperation with their own front-line efforts.
The most recent conclusions of impartial heads of federal agencies responsible for coordinating national and state policies are about the same.
Dr. Deborah Birx (an adviser to both the Obama and Trump administrations on responses to infectious diseases), Dr. Anthony Fauci (the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) and Dr. Scott Gottlieb (a former head of the Food and Drug Administration) have not faulted the Trump administration’s overall COVID-19 response.
Lots more from Victor Davis Hanson HERE

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