Accuracy in Media

NPR exposed its own double standard on protests and the possibility  of spreading the coronavirus in its latest article about how President Donald Trump will restart holding political rallies this month.

NPR headlined its critique, “Trump To Restart Political Rallies This Month Despite Coronavirus Pandemic.”

The outlet criticized the president for organizing rallies during the coronavirus pandemic because the pandemic “continues to wreak havoc on the lives and livelihoods of households across the country.” The article cited public experts’ warnings about large public gatherings and reminded readers that the U.S. has “the highest number of fatalities of any country in the world” from the pandemic.

NPR did not use the same phrasing when it came to Floyd protests on police brutality and racial inequality for the past several weeks. In an article on protests in Los Angeles, there was no mention of protesters potentially spreading the virus. Instead, the article emphasized alleged police misconduct in violently dealing with protesters.

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