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CBS News failed again to do its journalistic duty to its viewers as it repeatedly presented biased reporting suggesting President Trump is not concerned with American lives.

In network coverage this week, anchors and reporters ignored the real need of delivering factual information to Americans about the coronavirus pandemic and instead, took time to criticize the president’s efforts to reopen the US economy.


(Source: CBS News via Media Research Center)

Anchor Norah O’Donnell informed viewers on Wednesday that Trump would be announcing the guidelines for reopening parts of the country to get Americans back to work, but added that the expected remarks come “even as the mayor right here in D.C., the nation’s capital, extended her stay-at-home order to May 15.”

Reporter Ben Tracy told viewers that “the President has not said which states he thinks can safely reopen,” adding that Trump “will defer to his health experts on this” because “it’s clear he made up his mind it’s time to get at least some of the country back open for business.”

The correspondent added to his report which seemed to suggest the president was being reckless by adding that Trump “noting his rush to reopen could backfire if infections spike.”

“The President is feeling pressure to get the economy back on track. Retail sales plunged a record 8.7 percent in March, and some Republican lawmakers now say saving the economy is more important than saving lives,” Tracy declared, as a video clip of Republican Rep. Trey Hollingsworth aired.

NBC News reported the Indiana lawmaker’s statement in an article headlined: “Indiana congressman says he’s willing to let more Americans die to save economy.”

CBS continued its propaganda on Thursday as talking heads bashed Trump after he had shared the details of his plan to revive the economy.

“Moments ago President Trump released his new guidelines for reopening America. It is 18 pages long but does not include details that governors have asked for, like how to ramp up testing or expand contact tracing. Ben Tracy is at the White House tonight. And Ben, so what do these guidelines say?” O’Donnell asked.

“Several governors are extending their stay-at-home orders, but President Trump is pushing ahead with his plan to reopen the country,” Tracy declared.

He made no mention of Ohio Governor Mike DeWine who was reportedly considering reopening his state before May 1, though he did acknowledge the resentment building across the nation as Americans pushed back against stay-at-home orders.

“Backlash to stay-at-home orders is building as a staggering number of Americans, 22 million, have now filed for unemployment in just the past four weeks. In Nevada, the coronavirus outbreak has spread an eerie silence over the Las Vegas strip for nearly a month. Mayor Carolyn Goodman calls the continued shutdown ‘total insanity,'” Tracy reported, referring to the Democrat mayor who said the shut down is “killing” the city.

Tracy concluded his report by citing an unnamed source on a phone call Trump had with governors.

“Now, a source on that call with the President today says that the President seemed more concerned about businesses, protecting them, getting them open, than making sure that states have this crucial testing in place,” he said.

The biased reporting, which has come to be expected from the liberal, anti-Trump media, was slammed by Twitter users.

Frieda Powers

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