President Trump took to social media on Monday to hit the media and their “partner, the Democratic Party,” for doing all they can “to inflame the coronavirus situation.”
And he has good company in that assessment, as Dr. Drew Pinsky shares a similar view.
“The Fake News Media and their partner, the Democrat Party, is doing everything within its semi-considerable power (it used to be greater!) to inflame the CoronaVirus situation, far beyond what the facts would warrant. Surgeon General, “The risk is low to the average American,” the president tweeted.
The Fake News Media and their partner, the Democrat Party, is doing everything within its semi-considerable power (it used to be greater!) to inflame the CoronaVirus situation, far beyond what the facts would warrant. Surgeon General, “The risk is low to the average American.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 9, 2020
The hope on the left is that the coronavirus becomes Trump’s “Katrina,” and Dr. Drew appeared on Larry O’Connor’s podcast, “Examining Politics,” to discuss the virus and how the media is covering the outbreak.
“I don’t claim to know what’s motivating the media, but my god, their reporting is absolutely reprehensible,” Pinsky said. “They should be ashamed of themselves.”
“They’re creating a panic that is far worse than the viral outbreak,” he continued. “The bottom line everybody is, listen to [Dr.] Anthony Fauci of [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention]. Do what he tells you and go about your business. That’s the story.”
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 11, 2020
Dr. Drew then took a pot shot at CNN for its infatuation with the term “pandemic.”
“Do not be alarmed by the word pandemic,” he said, “which the CNN reporter seemed to discover this morning.”
He explained that the term means a new virus that is widespread, saying for most people, the coronavirus is “going to be a mild issue, like a cold.”
“If you are over the age of 70, maybe the age of 75, particularly if you have any chronic medical conditions and if you are a smoker over 50, you should be behaving differently than the rest of us,” Pinsky cautioned.
“The rest of us, go about your business,” he added. “Wash your hands, get your flu shot. That should be the story. Because you are way more likely, orders of magnitude, more likely to die of the flu than the coronavirus.”
Pinsky was blasting the media as far back as Feb. 3, when he appeared on Daily Blast Live, a live daytime news and entertainment program on KUSA-Channel 9 in Denver.
“The press is overreacting, and it makes me furious,” he said. “The press needs to shut up. Because you’re more likely to die of influenza right now.”
And he has been consistent in that message, as seen in an interview last week on CBS.
“What I have a problem with is the panic and the fact that businesses are getting destroyed, that people’s lives are being upended, not by the virus, but by the panic,” Pinsky said. “The panic must stop. And the press, they really somehow need to be held accountable because they are hurting people.”
“A bad flu season is 80,000 dead, we’ve got about 18,000 dead from influenza this year, we have a hundred from corona,” he would add. “Which should you be worried about, influenza or corona? A hundred versus 18,000? It’s not a trick question.”
“And look, everything that’s going on with the New York cleaning the subways and everyone using Clorox wipes and get your flu shot, which should be the other message, that’s good,” Pinsky continued. “That’s a good thing, so I have no problem with the behaviors.”
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