More than 80,000 coronavirus cases have been diagnosed worldwide, and while most of these cases are in China, many are making their marks on nearly every single continent in the world.
Nearly 3,000 individuals have died from the disease so far. An outbreak in Italy has seen more than a dozen people die, and hundreds more infected. In Iran, more than 25 have died, too. Around 60 individuals in the U.S. are confirmed infected, and thousands are being monitored for possible exposure.
The disease has yet to make huge headwinds in the United States, but health experts are saying it’s not a matter of if, but when coronavirus starts establishing itself here, too.
People are concerned, rightly so, about this ailment. But the Trump administration is blaming the public’s worries on the media, claiming that news organizations just want to hurt President Donald Trump’s image.
“The reason [the press is] paying so much attention to it today is that they think this is going to bring down the president, that’s what this is all about,” acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney said this week, according to a report from The Washington Examiner.
Trump has tweeted similar sentiments. Media organizations “are doing everything possible to make the Caronavirus [sic] look as bad as possible, including panicking markets, if possible,” Trump wrote earlier this week.
Low Ratings Fake News MSDNC (Comcast) & @CNN are doing everything possible to make the Caronavirus look as bad as possible, including panicking markets, if possible. Likewise their incompetent Do Nothing Democrat comrades are all talk, no action. USA in great shape! @CDCgov…..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 26, 2020
There’s more to the people’s panic of this virus than that, however.
Discounting the worries of the American people, and chalking it up to media reports about the virus, is disingenuous, and demonstrative of the administration’s own failings. But there’s reason to believe that many people’s fears about coronavirus lie not in the news their watching, but in the commander-in-chief himself.
Trump is a veritable liar. He’s misled or lied directly to the American public in thousands of documented instances since taking office, doing so on average dozens of times daily.
And he’s already doing so with the coronavirus crisis. He’s said just this week, for example, that the disease will simply disappear, and earlier this month he said it would die out by April, due to warming temperatures.
That’s not what his health experts are saying. Some are predicting it will last into next year.
It’s dangerous for the president to give out such blatantly false information, especially since his fervent base of supporters so readily accepts it as factual.
For those who believe him, there’s not much fear. For the rest of us, who have watched him lie throughout his presidency with great frequency, it’s simply horrifying.
His lies will lead some to make stupid decisions, putting the entire public in harm’s way.
No, it’s not the media that’s the problem. It’s that most Americans know we can’t trust a single word, good or bad, about this virus that comes out of Donald Trump’s mouth.