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Media’s COVID Coverage Weakens America

Christopher Bedford of the Federalist decries media lies about the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the eyes of our reporting class, every single thing President Trump did — or said — had to be wrong. It started out entertaining and predictable, but could also be troubling, depressing, and enraging. …

… But when COVID-19 came to our shores, their obsession with taking the opposite side of President Donald Trump became very dangerous to our entire country — and is the final crack in their long-fracturing and now-collapsed role as a check on good governance.

The press in America is expected to provide reliable information that its audience can use to make decisions and come to informed views in their day and in their larger lives. Some of these decisions might be mundane, others — like voting and taking care of your family — will be very important. Not only this, but the press in America is expected to expose lies, crime, corruption, and other misdeeds — and to hold powerful private and government officials to account.

In both of these duties, the press in America has demonstrably — and seemingly intentionally — failed us.

When COVID first hit our shores, they attacked Trump as a racist for declaring a travel ban on the source of the virus. When the president said the virus might have come from a lab, the press said it didn’t. When he said we’d develop vaccines maybe within a year, they “fact-checked” him false. When he said we were recovering as a country, they said we weren’t. When he supported states reopening, they said we’d die. None of their responses had any basis in fact — they were merely based on a seething hatred for the president. …

… But far from done with their damage, American corporate media went further, elevating fraudulent champions to fight their most hated president. Men like Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who is directly responsible for deaths in nursing homes and the cover-ups that followed. …

… Far worse than him, though, is Dr. Anthony Fauci.

Mitch Kokai / Senior Political Analyst

Mitch Kokai is senior political analyst for the John Locke Foundation. He joined JLF in December 2005 as director of communications. That followed more than four years as chie...