Accuracy in Media

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer reversed her position on potential coronavirus cure chloroquine after her administration advised patients, doctors and pharmacies to avoid stockpiling the antimalarial drugs.

But the mainstream media ignored her administration’s about-face and her announcement that Michigan is “pursuing a request” to receive more chloroquine from the federal government’s Strategic National Stockpile.

Last week, Whitmer sent a letter that warned doctors of potential “administrative action” against any person who prescribed the drugs to treat coronavirus patients, according to Detroit’s Metro Times. But this week, an administration official told the Michigan-based Bridge Magazine about the state’s request for more chloroquine drugs.

Right-leaning media outlets covered Whitmer’s policy reversal, such as Fox News, the Washington Times and the Washington Examiner.

But none of the mainstream media outlets highlighted Whitmer’s hypocrisy, after publishing articles and analyses critical of President Donald Trump’s public spat with Whitmer. Last week, Trump called Whitmer the “young, a woman governor” and claimed, “all she does is sit there and blame the federal government.”

Yet CNN reported that Whitmer “takes on Trump as coronavirus cases rise in Michigan,” but has not published an update on Whitmer’s reversal on chloroquine.

The mainstream media should not cherry-pick or hand-select which politicians to cover, as in the case of Whitmer. They highlighted her response to Trump’s criticism but did not follow up and report on Whitmer’s policy reversal.

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