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ĎTrumpís Chernobylí: Media Wuhan Virus Hysteria Stokes Public Panic
The Federalist ^ | 03/11/2020 | Joy Pullmann

Posted on 03/11/2020 8:31:43 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Since the coronavirus came on the horizon, media figures have been stoking panic, leading to mass shortages of basic health supplies, business travel cancellations, and market drops, all while the confirmed disease number hiked yesterday to around 0.000002 percent of the U.S. population.

So far, U.S. cases of the basic seasonal flu outnumber coronavirus cases by a factor of 45,000 (using federal stats for this year’s flu and real-time tracking of coronavirus confirmations). The flu season has even been especially bad this year, with between 20,000 and 52,000 deaths, compared to 29 so far from coronavirus.

According to infectious disease expert Dr. Paul Carson, who works for the North Dakota public health department, the flu appears to be about five times more contagious than coronavirus, which means containment is possible, although especially for the elderly coronavirus appears to have higher death rates. Especially for the young, however, the flu is still more dangerous than coronavirus in the United States, said the U.S. surgeon general Monday.

Surgeon general: “If you are a child or young adult, you are more likely to die from the flu, if you get it, than you are to die from coronavirus. So, there is something about being young that is protective.”

— CBS News (@CBSNews) March 9, 2020

Yet did this year’s flu “pandemic” tank the stock market, get members of Congress on the House floor wearing gas masks, cause Americans suffering from the common cold and post-surgery pain to find no relief due to empty shelves at stores, and have the president stampeding to burn untold taxpayer dollars on “economic stimulus” amid decades of federal debt and deficits? No.

As Wuhan virus trickled to U.S. shores, U.S. media have hyped Armageddon to, well, a fever pitch. But so far, the actual health effects have been minimal, while the social and economic effects have been serious. What accounts for the mismatch between hype and reality?

A major factor is open media cheerleading for stock market crashes and economic downturns. Not only is it clear that corporate media can’t be trusted to provide accurate information about an issue of public concern, it’s clear they don’t care about public health or the economy. They care about destroying Trump, and if they have to ruin the U.S. economy to do that, that’s what they’ll do.

On March 9, the “Politico Nightly Coronavirus Special Edition” email’s subject line was “America held hostage by coronavirus.” “The world is drowning itself in hand sanitizer and suffocating itself with fear,” hyperventilated reporters Renuka Rayasam and Sudeep Reddy. Now, why might that be, journos? Well, consider a few examples of what passes for news about a potential public health concern that only appears to matter this much because of the negative effects it could have on a president the media hate.

Washington Post columnist Brian Klaas claimed in a March 9 column, “The coronavirus is Trump’s Chernobyl.”


Chernobyl was the explosion of a nuclear reactor in the Soviet Union. Naturally, the communist government hushed it up and thus people went on with their lives instead of evacuating areas contaminated with radiation. This caused an estimated 9,000 to 16,000 deaths across Europe plus 3.5 million radiation-exposure-attributed cancers, birth defects, and other serious maladies just in nearby Ukraine.

It’s funny that the Washington Post seems to be publishing no articles calling the Wuhan province-originated disease China’s Chernobyl. The comparison is, indeed, a much better fit for China than for the United States. That communist government also kept the existence and spread of the Wuhan virus a secret, which led to tens of thousands more cases than if it had instead acted quickly to prevent the disease’s spread, like the Trump administration, Taiwan, and Hong Kong did. It is the epicenter of the coronavirus, with reportedly more than 80,000 sick and 3,000 dead so far (although China’s numbers are not reliable and likely understated).

It’s clear the Washington Post is more comfortable criticizing the president of their own nation even though his administration’s management of the threat has been far more transparent, immediate, and effective. Possibly there’s a connection between this editorial decision and the fact that the Post has been taking ad money since 2011 to publish literal Chinese communist propaganda disguised as a newsy, China-focused newspaper supplement.

It's actually very important we continue to refer to COVID19 as the Wuhan Virus

The Chinese government is working overtime to blame the CIA and anyone else for their failings. The name should indicate exactly where it came from so they can't gaslight future generations

— Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) March 9, 2020

Covering for the Chinese Communist Party’s criminal neglect of its own people seems to be broader than the Post. Here it occurs through their favored moral preen of redefining what constitutes racism. David Gura is a weekend host for MSNBC News and previously worked for NPR.


Then, of course, were the multitude of media comparisons between coronavirus and Hurricane Katrina. New York Times columnist Paul Krugman appeared to not be able to make up his mind whether coronavirus should be messaged as “Trump’s Katrina” or “weapons of mass destruction,” both of which damaged the George W. Bush presidency.


Is Coronavirus Trump’s Katrina?

— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) March 9, 2020

“Trump’s Chernobyl,” “Trump’s Katrina,” and “Trump’s Iran hostage crisis.”

At least the lefty media never purposefully try to incite panic and overstate things.

— Doug Powers (@ThePowersThatBe) March 9, 2020

A MSNBC panel last Friday also discussed with anticipation the possibility that coronavirus could be “Donald Trump’s Katrina.”

“I should mention this with a little trepidation, but this may be Donald Trump’s Katrina,” said panelist Eddie Glaude Jr.

“Let’s just lean into that for a minute,” responded MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace. “I mean, Katrina was the moment when all of the things that felt incredibly incompetent about the Bush presidency… were realized. We gave them a proof point that we were indeed incompetent. And also people died. I mean, this has the makings, structurally, for the same kind of moment for President Trump.”

“And if there’s any a moment that would shake that 40 percent — the folks who would allow him to shoot someone right down Fifth Avenue — if there’s any a moment it’s this one,” Glaude responded. “Because it’s babies, it’s friends, it’s loved ones, it’s grand parents, it’s your nana. So it seems to me this is an event that could take down a president.”

MSNBC’s @esglaude Jr. on the Coronavirus: “This may be Donald Trump’s Katrina.”@NicolleDWallace: "Let’s just lean into that for a minute … this has the makings, structurally, of the same kind of moment”

— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) March 6, 2020

On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Monday, host Joe Scarborough commented to guest Richard Haas, an editor at the Financial Times, Trump “is unqualified and unfit to be president of the United States. And unfit at one of the most dangerous times this country has seen in, well, I’ll say it, since 9/11. We don’t know where this heads, but we know it gets much, much worse with this president.”

Haas responded, “You mentioned 9/11, Joe. Nearly 3,000 people lost their lives. We’re in the early stages of a crisis where, I believe, orders of more magnitude of Americans are in danger. Put that on the table. We’re at a point where the numbers are going to take over.”

As a reminder, 2,977 people were murdered by terrorists on 9/11, the deadliest terror attack in U.S. history. Due to their work digging people out of the rubble, approximately 10,000 first responders developed cancer, from which approximately 2,000 died. This comparison is utterly irresponsible at this point. All this conversation served was to scare the bejeebers out of people, to no good purpose, all for politics.

It is probably no accident that the media’s hysterical representation of what so far is a tiny health problem with the potential to grow — but we don’t know how much — mimics the accusations Democrat presidential candidates were making against Trump just two weeks ago. From Democrats’ lips to the media’s megaphone to a public frenzy in just two weeks.

Wash your hands, keep calm, and carry on, America. And hope the brokers managing your retirement and kids’ college funds are doing the same instead of listening to a bunch of know-nothings telling them to stampede.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: chernobyl; coronavirus; covid19; disease; dncstrategy; hysteria; liberalfascism; media; mediabias; mediacriticism; morningjoe; msm; pandemics; pmsnbc; politico; publichealth; stockmarket; trumpcdc; trumpmedia; washingtoncompost
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1 posted on 03/11/2020 8:31:43 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Blaming Trump for this is like blaming Reagan for Chernobyl.

2 posted on 03/11/2020 8:33:03 AM PDT by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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To: dfwgator

The over hype from the media is akin to pulling fire alarms when there is no fire, a crime.

3 posted on 03/11/2020 8:33:36 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: dfwgator

Maybe if Reagan had shared more of our nuclear technology with the Russians, as Clinton later did, Chernobyl wouldn’t have happened.

/S, of course

4 posted on 03/11/2020 8:34:23 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: SeekAndFind

Take away the media narrative about this virus, and nobody would notice anything different about their lives.

5 posted on 03/11/2020 8:35:09 AM PDT by reasonisfaith (What are the implications if the Resurrection of Christ is a true event in history?)
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To: Pearls Before Swine

Oh believe me, there are plenty Lefties that blame Reagan’s increasing military spending, which forced the Russians to increase their military spending and cutting back on safety in their nuclear plants, thus causing Chernobyl.

6 posted on 03/11/2020 8:36:12 AM PDT by dfwgator (Endut! Hoch Hech!)
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To: SeekAndFind
Katrina to Chernobyl


Anybody for NAGASAKI?

7 posted on 03/11/2020 8:36:31 AM PDT by budj (Combat vet, 2nd of three generations.)
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8 posted on 03/11/2020 8:37:13 AM PDT by SmokingJoe
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Open Letter to the world from an infectious disease specialist about Covid-19: | 03-05 | Abdu Sharkawy

Posted on 3/10/2020, 6:01:51 PM by MNJohnnie

I’m a doctor and an Infectious Diseases Specialist. I’ve been at this for more than 20 years seeing sick patients on a daily basis. I have worked in inner city hospitals and in the poorest slums of Africa. HIV-AIDS, Hepatitis,TB, SARS, Measles, Shingles, Whooping cough, Diphtheria...there is little I haven’t been exposed to in my profession. And with notable exception of SARS, very little has left me feeling vulnerable, overwhelmed or downright scared.

I am not scared of Covid-19. I am concerned about the implications of a novel infectious agent that has spread the world over and continues to find new footholds in different soil. I am rightly concerned for the welfare of those who are elderly, in frail health or disenfranchised who stand to suffer mostly, and disproportionately, at the hands of this new scourge. But I am not scared of Covid-19.

What I am scared about is the loss of reason and wave of fear that has induced the masses of society into a spellbinding spiral of panic, stockpiling obscene quantities of anything that could fill a bomb shelter adequately in a post-apocalyptic world. I am scared of the N95 masks that are stolen from hospitals and urgent care clinics where they are actually needed for front line healthcare providers and instead are being donned in airports, malls, and coffee lounges, perpetuating even more fear and suspicion of others.

I am scared that our hospitals will be overwhelmed with anyone who thinks they “ probably don’t have it but may as well get checked out no matter what because you just never know...” and those with heart failure, emphysema, pneumonia and strokes will pay the price for overfilled ER waiting rooms with only so many doctors and nurses to assess.

I am scared that travel restrictions will become so far reaching that weddings will be canceled, graduations missed and family reunions will not materialize. And well, even that big party called the Olympic Games...that could be kyboshed too. Can you even imagine?

I’m scared those same epidemic fears will limit trade, harm partnerships in multiple sectors, business and otherwise and ultimately culminate in a global recession.

But mostly, I’m scared about what message we are telling our kids when faced with a threat. Instead of reason, rationality, openmindedness and altruism, we are telling them to panic, be fearful, suspicious, reactionary and self-interested.

Covid-19 is nowhere near over. It will be coming to a city, a hospital, a friend, even a family member near you at some point. Expect it. Stop waiting to be surprised further. The fact is the virus itself will not likely do much harm when it arrives. But our own behaviors and “fight for yourself above all else” attitude could prove disastrous.

I implore you all. Temper fear with reason, panic with patience and uncertainty with education. We have an opportunity to learn a great deal about health hygiene and limiting the spread of innumerable transmissible diseases in our society. Let’s meet this challenge together in the best spirit of compassion for others, patience, and above all, an unfailing effort to seek truth, facts and knowledge as opposed to conjecture, speculation and catastrophizing.

Facts not fear. Clean hands. Open hearts. Our children will thank us for it.

#washurhands #geturflushot #respect #patiencenotpanic

Life includes good and bad. Then, you die. Make the best of it.
3 posted on 3/11/2020, 7:06:58 AM by SaxxonWoods

9 posted on 03/11/2020 8:37:25 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( is naming the Wuhan virus as Biden’s running mate, they are gleeful.)
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This Corona Virus is the most over hyped thing I have heard in decades. The Media has the “Bit in their Teeth” and they are running with it 24/7. They are trying everything they can to Pin this on trump and make it stick. I am getting to the point of changing the channel or turning the TV off every time I hear the term “Corona Virus”.

10 posted on 03/11/2020 8:37:32 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: SeekAndFind

They need to watch the movie Apollo 13. This will be Trump’s finest hour

11 posted on 03/11/2020 8:38:05 AM PDT by Fai Mao (this should not be considered an invitation, or desire to see this ocurr)
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To: 1Old Pro

That, and the absolute dearth of common sense among the populace.

12 posted on 03/11/2020 8:38:33 AM PDT by abb
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To: budj

Does anyone believe the media?

13 posted on 03/11/2020 8:38:36 AM PDT by ActresponsiblyinVA
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To: dfwgator

That’s a pretty good Lefty chain of reasoning. Let’s try a harder one: How did Reagan (or GWB) cause the nuclear plant disaster in Fukushima, Japan?

14 posted on 03/11/2020 8:38:45 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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I think this will pass with few deaths in the US. But the media is shameless. They will forget how wrong they were.

And in a few months, Hurricane Abel will appear and that will be Trump’s Katrina. Until it isn’t.
But Hurricane Baker will come along and that will be Trump’s Katrina.
And don’t even get me started on Hurricane Charlie ...

15 posted on 03/11/2020 8:42:11 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (If White Privilege is real, why did Elizabeth Warren lie about being an Indian?)
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I am getting to the point of changing the channel or turning the TV off every time I hear the term “Corona Virus”.

Your TV clicker will break.

16 posted on 03/11/2020 8:42:39 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: Grampa Dave

I wish this letter could go viral.

17 posted on 03/11/2020 8:43:44 AM PDT by Gahanna Bob
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To: SeekAndFind

I watched the German Chancellor Q and A this morning. Normally, she NEVER shows up for the daily event. For past six weeks....other than a line or two here and there in passing or at events...not a single word.

So this morning? It was blunt vaccine for probably six months. No wonder drugs to get you through this. No therapy available. You people need to accept the fact that 60-percent of the population will get the virus before the vaccine arrives. Extremely blunt commentary.

Then she says....the goal for each person is simply to delay the spread to more fragile and unhealthy people, in hopes that they survive until the vaccine is manufactured and everyone gets their dose. Beyond that...get on with your lives, and do the best you can under the circumstance. There simply isn’t enough hospital space or beds, if 50,000 people a week in the nation get the virus, and 10-to-15 percent of them require beds and special medical care.

Journalists didn’t have much to say...she’s basically correct on the matter. If you were looking for all-purpose solution, it doesn’t exist.

18 posted on 03/11/2020 8:43:58 AM PDT by pepsionice
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To: SeekAndFind

All by design. The globalist plan is going off without a hitch. Aided by the panic pushers here.

19 posted on 03/11/2020 8:52:47 AM PDT by Codeflier ( - keeping the media panic narrative going 24/7 to finally bring down Trump.)
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I think it's worse than flu but I think it's way less dangerous than the media and democrat hysteria is making it out to be. I liken it to claiming Trump is a nazi that will have death camps if he's elected. Well, it's been almost four years and no death camps, people notice that.

When there are no corpses in the streets people will notice that this isn't Chernobyl after all.

20 posted on 03/11/2020 8:54:08 AM PDT by pepsi_junkie (Often wrong, but never in doubt!)
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