Pro-Trump Reporter Tried Comparing Virus Deaths to Abortion at White House Press Briefing and Even Trump Seemed Freaked Out by the Question
If you think Fox News is the most loyal network to President Donald Trump, you likely haven't heard of One America News Network, or OAN.
It's even been added to the prestigious White House press pool.
People were reminded of the network's bizarre Trump-era ascension during Monday's White House press briefing regarding the pandemic that—at the time of this writing—has resulted in over 3,000 deaths across the United States.
OAN's White House correspondent Chanel Rion compared the growing number of deaths from the pandemic to abortion procedures, asking Trump if abortions should be suspended all together.
The question flummoxed Trump himself.
Trump calls on OAN, and the OAN person asks a loaded question that pushes a false equivalency between coronavirus deaths and abortion. Trump basically dodges it. pic.twitter.com/5Y5y85OQPv
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) March 30, 2020
"2,405 Americans have died from [the virus] in the last 60 days. Meanwhile, you have 2,369 children who are killed by their mothers through elective abortions each day. That's 16 and a half thousand children killed every week. Two states have suspended elective abortion to make more resources available...Should more states be doing the same?"
Even Trump seemed confused by the question, and notably didn't wade into the abortion aspect of the question:
"I think what we're doing, we're trying to, as a group ,governors—and that's Republicans and Democrats—we're just working together to solve this problem. What you're mentioning has been going on for a long time and it's a sad event, a lot of sad events in this country. But what we're doing now is working on the virus...and I think we're doing a great job—as good a job as you can possibly do."
People noticed that even Trump—either purposely or otherwise—didn't take the bait from one of his favorite networks.
Her questions, while satiating viewers who prioritize "owning the libs" over potentially lifesaving information, have only confirmed the degradation of the press corps under the Trump era.
OAN's only redeemable quality? It doesn't claim to be "fair and balanced."
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Trump Now Claims He 'Didn't Say' New York Was Exaggerating Its Ventilator Needs, but Video Shows Otherwise
President Donald Trump held his pandemic press briefing in the Rose Garden on Sunday—but his mood was far from rosy.
One particularly heated exchange came when he took a question from PBS NewsHour's White House Correspondent Yamiche Alcindor.
Alcindor asked Trump about the the skepticism he expressed that New York—the epicenter of the health crisis facing the United States—was exaggerating the number of lifesaving ventilators it needs to help curb the virus.
Trump interrupted Alcindor, claiming he "didn't say" that, then proceeded to berate her for her so-called "threatening" question.
"You've said repeatedly that you think that some of the equipment governors are requesting, they don't actually need. You said New York might not need 30 thousand—"
"I didn't say that. I didn't say that. Why don't you people...why don't you act in a little more positive? It's always trying to get me. Getcha, getcha. You know what, that's why nobody trusts the media anymore."
Though the President didn't reciprocate, Alcindor remained professional and repeated her question despite the President's attacks on her journalistic integrity in front of her colleagues.
What's more, Alcindor was right—and video proves it.
Alcindor referred to statements Trump made on far-right Fox News host Sean Hannity's show.
"I have a feeling that a lot of the numbers that are being said in some areas are just bigger than they're going to be. I don't believe you need 40 thousand or 30 thousand ventilators. You go into major hospitals sometimes, they'll have two ventilators and now all of a sudden they're saying, 'can we have 30 thousand ventilators?'"
Democratic New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has made clear that New York has yet to reach the height of the pandemic. The current number of ventilators is not enough to treat all of the infections to come, which could force doctors into rationing them and choosing not to treat patients with less optimistic prognoses.
Alcindor later pointed out that Trump did, in fact, express skepticism that New York was asking for ventilators they didn't need.
People called Trump out for responding to his own words with petty attacks.
They praised Alcindor for holding him accountable when so many others won't.
This was far from the first time Trump personally attacked Alcindor for doing her job.
Astonishingly, Trump denied his own words again in the same press conference when CNN reporter Jeremy Diamond asked Trump to elaborate on his Friday statements that governors aren't being "appreciative" enough of him and his administration.
If a President isn't beholden to congressional oversight, basic transparency, and even his own words, how can he be beholden to the American people?
For more stories of Trump's ineptitude from people who were there, check out A Very Stable Genius, available here.
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