Accuracy in Media

The mainstream media’s criticism of the Trump administration’s coronavirus response reached another low after he concluded his primetime televised remarks. President Donald Trump gave an address in the Oval Office to go over his administration’s recommendations on how to handle the growing spread of the virus.

CNN’s criticism was unabated in one of its analyses, which headlined his alleged shortcomings, “Trump address sparks chaos as coronavirus crisis deepens.” The analysis said that he “set out to steady a rattled nation and a diving economy,” yet his remarks “sowed more confusion and doubts” about his administration’s handling of the coronavirus crisis.

CNN claimed that Trump’s line that the coronavirus was a “foreign virus” was an example of xenophobia. He said, “This is the most aggressive and comprehensive effort to confront a foreign virus in modern history.” It is common knowledge that scientists believe the coronavirus first spread in the Chinese province of Wuhan until it spread on a global scale. The president’s statement highlighted the facts and he did not promote xenophobia. Another fact for CNN to consider is that the swine flu and avian flu were diseases that first spread in China. It is disingenuous for CNN to ignore China’s past history with diseases.

CNN’s analysis was disappointing because it focused on stirring panic and confusion than addressing the facts. It falsely claimed that Trump said a xenophobic line, which did not hold up when accounting for the coronavirus’s source (i.e. China). CNN should publish impartial analysis, or at least re-categorize some of its analyses as opinion editorials to accurately reflect its partisan bias.

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