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Rubio stands his ground in tense MSNBC interview over remarks some media giddy about US virus stats

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Several days later and some in the media are still feigning moral outrage over Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., tweeting that some members of the media “can’t contain their glee & delight” in reporting that the U.S. has more coronavirus cases than China.

The point of the tweet being that amid the media’s obsession with playing a game of “gotcha” with President Trump amid a national emergency, in the hopes of bringing harm to his reelection chances in November, media sources were reporting dubious figures from Communist China that cannot be taken at face value.

In a Friday appearance on MSNBC, Sen. Rubio was confronted over his assertion by Stephanie Ruhle.

“I need to ask you this, because I’m a journalist,” Ruhle said. “We’re not just some personalities. You called out journalism. And I need to understand why on earth you did this.”

 

If only Ruhle could display such umbrage over the shameful actions of reporters in constant attack mode at the president’s daily briefings.

The Florida Republican did not back down, stating the inconvenient truth high-brow media personalities like Ruhle choose to ignore.

“Well, because there are some journalists that were doing exactly what I said,” Rubio replied, noting that he shared some examples that supported his assertion.

That tweet he spoke of can be seen here:

Rubio pointed out these forces were able to get the topic of the U.S. allegedly having more cases of COVID-19 than China trending online, and reiterated that he tweeted “some” journalists.

“I read reports about how some Republicans are doing this, or some members of Congress are doing that,” he said. “I don’t know what other word to describe who’s doing something and who isn’t.”

Employing a standard that he media reserves for itself, Ruhle then accused Rubio of being hypocritical for calling journalists out for their lust to destroy Trump.

“Sir, just a moment ago, you said we shouldn’t be wasting any time pointing fingers or criticizing,” she said. “And that’s exactly what you did in that tweet.”

Rubio responded by pointing out the difference.

“But the difference is that this is an ongoing deal here, what we’re dealing with right now,” he explained. “And that is a Chinese propaganda effort to put out that they have handled this perfectly and we have not.”

“And that’s not only wrong, that’s a national security issue,” he added. “We know that that is a propaganda influence effort that they’re undertaking, along with [Vladimir] Putin in Russia and even the Iranians.”

Rubio concluded by noting what should be obvious, that “national security and the national interest of this country does not stop, because that’s an ongoing concern even in the midst of this crisis.”

Tom Tillison

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