Accuracy in Media

After President Donald Trump tweeted early this morning that he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19, New York Times White House correspondents Peter Baker and Maggie Haberman suggested this morning that Trump may not remain on the ballot if he becomes sick from the coronavirus.

“Even if Mr. Trump, 74, remains asymptomatic, he will have to withdraw from the campaign trail and stay isolated in the White House for an unknown period of time. If he becomes sick, it could raise questions about whether he should remain on the ballot at all.”

This was just one example from an article that was full of conjecture that also included Trump’s personal health, how his rallies have featured thousands of maskless attendees, and the possibility of transferring power under the 25th Amendment should he become incapacitated.  All of this for someone who isn’t hospitalized.

While Baker and Haberman didn’t directly express their glee with Trump’s diagnosis, their article was definitely written from that perspective and to cast doubt on Trump’s health and his ability to govern going forward.


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