The information media are up in arms about President Trump’s deliberate rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, arguing it might be “extraordinarily dangerous” to carry a big gathering within the midst of a pandemic. Nevertheless, a few of us are sufficiently old to recollect when the identical retailers had been celebrating the Black Lives Matter protests, arguing that they had been crucial and well worth the threat.
For weeks, TV information gushed over pictures of protestors and cops hugging. It was as if the coronavirus had ceased to exist. But now, these information retailers are again to worrying concerning the unfold of coronavirus at massive political gatherings – conveniently, simply in time for them to criticize President Trump’s upcoming rally.
For a number of the most evident examples of the media’s hypocrisy on the subject, watch the video beneath:
On June 11, MSNBC host Pleasure Reid supplied this tackle the President’s rally:
Does the White Home perceive that, or are they acknowledging even behind the scenes, that folks displaying as much as his valuable rallies would possibly sick? I imply, they’re acknowledging they may get sick and die. And so they’re prepared to simply accept that threat?
The next day, CNN’s Jim Sciutto additionally fretted over the prospect of “massive marketing campaign rallies with hundreds of individuals.”
But journalists on these similar networks heaped reward on the George Floyd protests only a week earlier. On June 2, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell carried out a gushy interview with a protest organizer, asking excitedly, “What did it really feel wish to be marching arm-in-arm there with the police chief?”
Mockingly, ten days later, O’Donnell charged that Trump was “pretending the coronavirus has disappeared.”
Broadcast networks ABC, CBS, and NBC additionally waived their concern about social distancing at Floyd protests. On the June 1 version of Good Morning America, the hosts gushed over a video of a Florida freeway patrol trooper hugging a protestor. “It’s a wonderful, stunning second… completely stunning,” gushed Amy Robach. Co-host George Stephanopoulos agreed: “That was an ideal second.”
It’s onerous to think about a extra blatant double normal at work: political gatherings for me, however not for thee.