Here are samples from yesterday’s press briefing
Readers of the Intelligencer can imagine the outrage had Obama argued that his authority was total.
Here is the reaction of Jonathan Turley, the constitutional law professor who defended Trump at his impeachment:
(Note – CNN has put together an excellent fact check of the briefing here.)
Here are just three of the many Associated Press stories that the Intelligencer could have used in this morning’s newspaper:
- Trump claims ‘total’ authority, over govs, to reopen economy
- Trump uses pandemic virus briefing to air laudatory video
- Trump’s disdain for ‘Obamacare’ could hamper virus response
Note -- This morning’s paper had no coverage of yesterday’s two-hour+ news conference from the AP or any other news source.
On the editorial page: coronavirus blame for the World Health Organization and health experts
From syndicated columnist, Rich Lowry:
World Health Organization Richly Deserves Criticism
According to Lowry, WHO ought to have been blaming China.
From Townhall’s Larry Elder:
Some Health Experts Got It Wrong
Elder blames Dr. Fauci for a comment he made in January. He also blames China. Elder thinks the criticism of Trump is part of “Trump Derangement Syndrome.” To that end, Elder argues that even Joe Biden says the criticism of Trump is a “little too harsh.” If you check the context of Biden’s statement, however, his “little too harsh” was not of Trump criticism in general but rather of Chuck Todd’s characterization; Biden was still critical of the president (something Elder ignores):
Finally, here’s today’s political cartoon by Chip Bok:
Apparently, the word is out to Trump defenders and propagandists – it’s time to blame China. Dutifully, the Intelligencer responds.
In the 39 months of Trump’s presidency, the Wheeling Intelligencer has never criticized the President for anything he has said or done. Today, they chose to remain silent after yesterday's campaign rally posing as a coronavirus briefing. I think it's clear -- the Intelligencer will never criticize Trump regardless of what he says or does.
Evening update -- Trump freezes funding for the World Health Organization (WHO)
Having found his scapegoat, President Trump continued his attack on WHO earlier today. As Stat is reporting:
President Donald Trump formally announced Tuesday that the United States will freeze funding to the World Health Organization, pending a formal investigation into the global health agency and its coronavirus response.
In prepared remarks, Trump accused the organization of “severely mismanaging and covering up the spread of the coronavirus,” suggesting that the group overly relied on unverified reports from China, which Trump argued caused a “twenty-fold increase in cases worldwide.” He did not cite a source for that figure.
“America and the world have chosen to rely on the WHO for accurate, timely, and independent information to make important public health recommendations and decisions. If we cannot trust that this is what we will receive from the WHO, our country will be forced to find other ways to work with other nations to achieve public health goals,” Trump said.