President Donald Trump pushed back against CBS News reporter Paula Reid in no uncertain terms during Monday’s press conference, taking her to task in an exchange reminiscent of the President’s most belligerent exchanges with CNN showman Jim Acosta.
Watch the heated exchange here:
The President kicked off Monday’s coronavirus press briefing by displaying a video highlighting various instances of fake news reporting on the part of mainstream media outlets, a development that left CNN and MSNBC fuming. The liberal media networks went on to cut away from covering the press conference, although CNN captioned the briefing with several utterly ridiculous and slanted graphics in an attempt to propagandize against the President.
Shoutout to the CNN chyron writer though. pic.twitter.com/xAkF1jAaoL
— Kaivan Shroff (@KaivanShroff) April 13, 2020
CBS’s Paula Reid had been attempting to lambast the President for a supposedly lacking preparation for the Chinese coronavirus epidemic, a global disease that has caught most of the world’s nations off guard. The President pointed out that he had been early in applying a travel ban on both China and Europe, moves that presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden had vocally opposed at the time of their implementation.
More highlights from Monday’s contentious press briefing:
Trump telling reporters to STFU will never get old. pic.twitter.com/OjU19MwlkM
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) April 13, 2020
Reporter: “Why are there no consequences for China?”
President Trump: “How do you know there are no consequences?"
Reporter: "What are the consequences?"
President Trump: "I wouldn't tell you. China will find out…You’d probably be the last person on Earth I'd tell.” pic.twitter.com/HqyYWqvblN
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) April 13, 2020
White House medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci even joined in on the exchange with the media, rejecting a ridiculous insinuation that he was being compelled to push a narrative by the President.
Fauci is officially fed up with journalists. pic.twitter.com/L4wDnmcciU
— Kate Hyde (@KateHydeNY) April 13, 2020
A majority of the Americans who have watched the near-daily press briefings during the Chinese coronavirus epidemic have stated that they find the presidential updates informative. Sadly, the mainstream media is working overtime in an attempt to derail the informative events with partisan nonsense and political hectoring of the President.
If the mainstream media is going to prevent Americans from obtaining gainful information on the federal response to the coronavirus epidemic, then it’s only fitting that the public is at least entertained by the President’s no-holds-barred take-downs of the liberal media operatives.
As Trump Leaves Office, Media Cites Ineffectiveness of Lockdowns and Democratic Leaders Display Eagerness to Reopen
Right on cue.
With President Donald Trump’s impending exit from the White House, many are starting to perceive pivots from Democratic leaders and the mainstream media on the ineffectiveness of lockdowns and the reopening of society.
For example, Newsweek ran an article Thursday titled “COVID Lockdowns May Have No Clear Benefit vs Other Voluntary Measures, International Study Shows.” The study, published in the European Journal of Clinical Investigation, found through a mathematical model that there was “no clear, significant beneficial effect of [more restrictive measures] on [COVID-19] case growth in any country.”
This is just one study, of course, so it may not reflect objective reality any more than one study which concludes that lockdowns saved “millions of lives.” But after getting bombarded with messages from the media that lockdowns were necessary—with the opposite message found only on explicitly conservative outlets like Big League Politics—it may seem too coincidental to see such a story while the changing of the presidential guard takes place.
Not only that, it also comes at a time when some Democratic leaders appear to be chomping at the bit to reopen restaurants, bars, and schools—after several months of harsh insistence that they all must stay closed in the name of “safety” and “public health.”
On Monday, for example, Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York called for the reopening of the state’s economy “smartly and safely.”
“We simply cannot stay closed until the vaccine hits critical mass. The cost is too high. We will have nothing left to open. We must reopen the economy, but we must do it smartly and safely,” Cuomo tweeted.
We simply cannot stay closed until the vaccine hits critical mass. The cost is too high. We will have nothing left to open. We must reopen the economy, but we must do it smartly and safely.#SOTS2021
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) January 11, 2021
Mayor of Chicago Lori Lightfoot put out a similar call on Thursday, saying that bars and restaurants need to reopen “as quickly as possible” because it will help those businesses survive and reduce the number of large private parties and gatherings.
And incoming president Joe Biden recently pitched a $175 billion plan to return children to school, $130 billion of which would be for public elementary, middle, and high schools, the other $35 billion for colleges and universities. Many teachers unions stubbornly refused to return to in-person classes for the longest time, but now that Biden has come out in support of in-person classes, don’t be surprised to see them suddenly change their tune.
The left is so predictable, isn’t it?
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