Recently CNN stopped airing the president’s remarks at the daily virus briefing. Not only is this journalistically irresponsible, but it keeps their readers out of the loop, as the president announces major initiatives during his remarks.
Anchor Anderson Cooper urged the move, “If you tuned into it hoping you were going to hear from the country’s top scientists, you were likely disappointed. What you mostly heard was the president. And what you saw was a hijacking. A hijacking of the task force press conference by a president determined to rewrite the history of his early and reprehensibly irresponsible response to this virus. What the president showed us today is what the nation’s top scientists have to deal with every day- a president who now uses these briefings as a reelection platform, an opportunity to lie, to deflect, to attack, to bully, and cover-up his own deadly dismissals of the virus for crucial weeks.”
His CNN colleague Don Lemon agreed, “It is all a plot! It is all orchestrated. And if you can’t see it, I don’t know what you’re looking at. It’s obvious, it’s transparent to me. This has become- those press briefings have become his new ‘Apprentice.’ They’ve become his new rallies. And he treats the press and the media as if he’s talking to the people at his rallies. It’s the same thing. It’s no different except the audience isn’t there.”
Read that again. Cooper and Lemon are clearly unhinged. It’s past hyperbole now. Read Lemon especially. “..a plot!” “…if you can’t see it…”…transparent to me.”
These are the ravings of men who are obsessed with a subject and a person: Donald Trump. Their dark focus goes past the merely political, even past the solely ideological. It seems deeply personal. Almost as if they are trying to excise something from their own psyches about the president and they do so by hammering him on national television. And their poor viewers get to watch it. Oh, lucky them.