After Surgeon General Jerome Adams delivered a statement Saturday in which he essentially pleaded with the media to tone down their #OrangeManBad narrative and focus instead on educating the public about the coronavirus, the media pounced.
Enraged by his modest plea, members of the notoriously elitist establishment press lashed out, accusing him of trying to undermine their efforts to hold Trump administration officials “accountable” for their alleged failures.
Leading the pack was CNN chief media correspondent Brian Stelter, an avid #OrangeManBad cultist whose reporting always centers on President Donald Trump.
Surgeon General Jerome Adams used the word “need” while talking to the WH press corps. So I will too. He needs to spend his time educating the public about how to protect each other, not lecturing the press about what’s newsworthy. https://t.co/1beTbBHZPW pic.twitter.com/VXFYkD19H9
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) March 15, 2020
The snapshot he shared came from the Saturday edition of his daily newsletter, which he again primarily dedicated to bashing the president.
View some of the backlash below, and pay attention to the critics’ points:
CNN carnival barker @BrianStelter accused the President of ‘lying to the country’ about Google
Brian was absolutely wrong pic.twitter.com/MJFYrTS94c
— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) March 15, 2020
You are a ridiculous person.
— ??? ???? (@JayCostTWS) March 15, 2020
The surgeon general dedicated his life to protecting American lives, the media is dedicated to Trump bad,
Thus, his appropriate lecturing of the media. And no offense, you actually have no room to lecture the Surgeon General about lecturing the media ffs.
It’s obvious that there are those in the press and media who sow partisan discord, but what makes you so bad is that you claim to be an objective arbiter
— KD6-3.7 (@ShaneeMc) March 15, 2020
You should realy listen, my friend. Times are changing. Your rating speaks truth. People are aware of disingenuous words.
— Russell glover (@Russellglover11) March 15, 2020
Amazing–you media people have such a thin skin–you can condemn, vilify, lie, etc., etc., etc., about anyone or anything, but God forbid, if anyone says what is true about your “journalism” skills, you go off the cliff. Don’t do a damn thing, just watch your beloved company poof
— juanski80 (@juanski80) March 15, 2020
Well, if we are going to talk about needs: We, the American public need for you jackals to start reporting the actual news, not your opinion as news or your damn anonymous source stories of which you can’t substantiate. We need an unbiased media, not the Dem political propaganda
— Brenda Malanga (@Brendamalanga) March 15, 2020
It is abundantly clear the media is trying to find any failing that they can hammer Trump with. We get it. No one cares. This is a global pandemic that no country on Earth is prepared for. But as we have in the past, we will meet this challenge and overcome it, together
— ???? ??????? (@jack_veritas) March 15, 2020
I read Adam’s statements differently— clearly (when applying your definition of accountability) to focus on the facts about the virus. Later, in the aftermath, do your accountability checks & analysis. Your bias taints your attempt to project objectivity.
— Ed Lewis (@Sacjack57) March 15, 2020
Was the latter Twitter user right about the media’s bias tainting their reporting? The evidence suggests he was.
Take this snippet from Stelter’s Saturday newsletter in which he shared a quote from CNN senior global affairs analyst Bianna Golodryga in an attempt to bash Trump:
“To put things into perspective, two weeks ago, Trump pointed to China’s seeming ‘flattening of the coronavirus curve’ by saying that ‘Apple is fully operational there.’ Today, Apple said it would shutter all stores in the US and other countries (with exception of China, Taiwan & HK.)”
The insinuation was that Trump made a giant blunder when he spoke about the “flattening of the coronavirus curve” in China. As evidence, Golodryga pointed to Apple shuttering its stores across the globe … except for in China.
Do you see the problem with that statement? Moreover, the “flattening of the coronavirus curve” is a real phenomenon.
“Instead of exclusively focusing on preventing infections, like plugging holes in a dike, authorities are shifting to a strategy of delay,” The Globe and Mail notes.
“Their objective is to keep the rate of new cases – especially serious ones – from rising too steeply, so that the epidemic doesn’t completely overwhelm finite resources and force hard choices about who should be prioritized for care.”
The Trump administration began pursuing a “flattening of the coronavirus curve” as early as January, when it instituted a travel ban on China, only to be attacked by the media.
Dovetailing back to Surgeon General Jerome Adams’s statement Saturday, here’s what he said:
Surgeon General Jerome Adams urges Americans to prioritize public health guidelines: “Some straight talk from the nation’s doctor: we really need you all to lean into and prioritize the health and safety of the American people.” https://t.co/FNVxRa6C6w pic.twitter.com/JkV8NjrtFB
— ABC News (@ABC) March 14, 2020
“We really need you all to lean into and prioritize the health and safety of the American people. No more bickering, no more partisanship, no more criticism or finger-pointing. There’ll be plenty of time for that,” he pleaded.
“But we all need to hit the reset button and lean into moving forward the health and safety of the American people as their top priority. More stories on how people can protect themselves, more people on — or how people can get the resources that they need that we’ve unleashed from the federal government and state and local governments. Less stories looking at what happened in the past. Again, there’ll be time for that.
Stelter was displeased by this.
“What Adams called ‘bickering’ and ‘criticism’ is what most of us call accountability. Is there value in focusing on the future? Yes, but when Adams said he wants ‘less stories looking at what happened in the past,’ I hear him saying ‘stop exposing the Trump administration’s failures,'” he kvetched in his newsletter.
Perhaps his critics would take him, CNN, and other media outlets more seriously if their so-called “exposing” of the “Trump administration’s failures” didn’t involve them bashing everything the president does, even when it’s reasonable.
Trump’s Oval Office address was exactly what his Fox wingmen needed – now Sean Hannity et al can celebrate the new travel ban – while evading the real scourge of community spread within the US
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) March 12, 2020
I say this with all due respect (none), you’re a colossal hack, a transparent political activist disguised as a news guy and you’re divorced from reality. Folks like you won’t ever be in touch with the average American. If you have any integrity, you’ll delete this tweet.
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) March 12, 2020
It might also help if the media’s 1000+ #OrangeManBad “journalists” weren’t so full of Schiff …
Case in point:
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