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.
OANN sycophant tries to throw Trump an abortion softball. Trump clearly does not understand the question, and totally whiffs on the answer.— Tom Nichols (@Tom Nichols)1585605307.0
OANN, which remains OANN, asks a question about the coronavirus and abortion. Trump declines to really engage.— Daniel Dale (@Daniel Dale)1585605301.0
An OAN "reporter" just compared the death count of a global pandemic to...*checks notes*...abortion. trump respond… https://t.co/FjfgygkbCy— James Michael Sama (@James Michael Sama)1585605436.0
Trump ducks OAN's invitation to praise states for shutting down abortion clinics amid the coronavirus crisis. I w… https://t.co/FJ9iRW8UyC— James Hohmann (@James Hohmann)1585605385.0
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.
You can always count on @OANN to host a clinic on bad journalism on a daily basis. Future ethics classes will have… https://t.co/uNZV4ogZro— Redacted 🅴 (@Redacted 🅴)1585607473.0
Abortion Yup, abortion has now entered into this press conference Why doesn’t OAN ask him if he’s the best presi… https://t.co/RiHP7ceqb1— Jimijams (@Jimijams)1585605346.0
The fact that OAN is allowed at these press briefings is everything you need to know about Trump.— Liddle’ Savage (@Liddle’ Savage)1585605324.0
If they're going to keep allowing these fake reporters from OAN to show up, they should at least be fair and issue… https://t.co/dqYAkJt5tF— Bob Geiger (@Bob Geiger)1585605827.0
OAN's only redeemable quality? It doesn't claim to be "fair and balanced."