What is not helpful is the question and answer session from the media that follows. Inevitably, liberal reporters will play “gotcha” games with the President and his task force. The goal is to embarrass the President rather than provide any useful facts to the American people.
In recent days, reporters have been hyperventilating about the President’s use of the term “Chinese virus,” to describe this health threat. They are insistent that it is a racist term, forgetting that epidemics are often given a title that reflects where the disease originated. For example, the “Asian flu” pandemic of 1957-58 originated in China, the pandemic of 1968 was called the “Hong Kong” flu and the virus which started in 1937 in Uganda was called “West Nile” after the region from which it started.
In this pandemic, reporters seem to be more interested in political correctness than in providing important live-saving information to the American people. On multiple occasions, reporters have claimed that the term is “racist.” What the President has stated repeatedly is that the “Chinese” origins of the flu are very important, because state media sources in the communist country have been trying to publicize the lie that the United States military planted the virus. Of course, China is trying to evade responsibility for not only the origins of the virus, but also their incompetence in stopping the spread and their draconian media censorship to prevent the world from knowing about the existence and dangers of the coronavirus.
While some of the liberal reporters have been blasting the President for his choice of words in describing the coronavirus, others have been claiming that he is being too optimistic with the American people. Today, in his news conference, the President tangled with Peter Alexander of NBC News. He claimed that the President was trying to put a positive spin on the news that a drug used to treat Malaria, Chloroquine, may be useful in treating coronavirus.
In essence, Alexander claimed that the President was giving Americans false hope. He said, “What do you say to Americans who are watching you right now who are scared?” The President replied by telling Alexander, “you’re a terrible reporter…The American people are looking for answers and they’re looking for hope, and you’re doing sensationalism.”
Hooray for curt response that President Trump gave Alexander and many of other reporters over the last few days. Alexander is typical of almost all the reporters at the daily press briefings. Most of them are liberals who work for liberal news agencies. They have an agenda, which is, first and foremost, to inflict political damage on President Trump.
Going forward, it would be a better idea for the President to hold these important briefings without the media. The sessions would be shorter, the task force could spend more time on important matters and the American people would not be subjected to biased reporters trying to score political points on the President of the United States.
Last year, new White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham disbanded the daily White House press briefings. It was a very wise move because too many of the reporters were being abusive toward the President and the Press Secretary. They were not serving a useful purpose then and, today, during this crisis, they are certainly not serving any sort of purpose, other than to badger the President and his task force. It is time to end the charade.
Jeff Crouere is a native New Orleanian and his award winning program, “Ringside Politics,” airs locally at 7:30 p.m. Fridays and at 10:00 p.m. Sundays on PBS affiliate WLAE-TV, Channel 32, and from 7-11 a.m. weekdays on WGSO 990-AM & www.Wgso.com. He is a political columnist, the author of America's Last Chance and provides regular commentaries on the Jeff Crouere YouTube channel and on www.JeffCrouere.com. For more information, email him at [email protected]