- - Wednesday, March 11, 2020

It’s one thing to notice the media focusing on limited, panic-inducing headlines and narratives. We see them do that every day during this Trump era, as the left relies on panic and victimhood to control people. Controlling most of the legacy media is a necessary part of being able to implement that strategy.

If you doubted this, it is during a crisis where the intentions of the establishment and other people become clear. The media reaction to the coronavirus, also known as the “Wuhan Virus,” reminds us of several important things, not the least of which is that the liberal and media establishment really holds this country and its people in contempt.

From the start, when President Trump took decisive and swift action by cutting off certain travel to and from China and establishing a task force on the virus, he was attacked by various media as being xenophobic and racist. His governing and leading was inconvenient, you see, because the left’s agenda at that point was still riding impeachment to death. When that became a debacle, they switched midstream back to the clownish allegations that everyone they didn’t like was a Russian spy, operative or troll.

You see, everything that happens is viewed by the left as a prism of opportunity. I can say this with confidence as having been on the left, and that mindset was the driving factor. Never was there an effort or even an idea that existed purely based on how it would improve society, help the individual or make this nation safer and stronger.

Enter the Wuhan Virus, something the United States did not create, plan or want. It is an external, biological disaster. Many add the word “natural” to that, but it’s too soon to draw that conclusion. To say China has not been transparent or forthcoming with information would be an understatement.



We do know there is a governmental biological laboratory in Wuhan experimenting with viruses, including those of the corona class. The Chinese are telling the world to stop calling it the Wuhan Virus and are absurdly demanding an apology from the West for doing so. This is because the name reminds humanity that the biological catastrophe comes from a nation that has no one’s best interest in mind.

MSNBC hosts jumped on the bandwagon, beclowning themselves with accusations that calling the Wuhan Virus the Wuhan Virus was … racist.

On Twitter, MSNBC host Chris Hayes insisted, “Just astoundingly gross to call it the Wuhan Virus.” This after a Republican member of Congress referred to it as such. David Gura, also with that network, tweeted, “FYI: calling #COVID19 the ‘Wuhan Virus’ is racist.”

In this age of being concerned about an intervention in our country by foreign interests, it’s astounding certain media would move a message that is the preferred narrative of the Chinese government. Why that would not raise a … red flag for them is perplexing.

PJ Media outlined the innumerable cases of cable network hosts and guests getting excited at the prospect that the Wuhan Virus could be Mr. Trump’s “Katrina moment.” PJ explained, ” ‘Katrina moment is to disasters what Watergate is to corruption. Anything can be a Katrina moment if you add enough sizzle from the media.” It also reported, “CNN’s Chris Cillizza is on rumor patrol writing, ‘Whispers have begun that President Donald Trump’s handling (or mishandling) of the ongoing coronavirus epidemic has the potential to have political consequences …’ quoting Never Trumper Rick Wilson about this possibly being a Katrina moment.”

Don’t you love the reliance on “whispers” as an excuse to further abject nonsense in an effort to use a life and death situation as a political cudgel? But CNN is gonna be CNN.

Moreover, NewsBusters highlights an exchange between MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace and Princeton professor Eddie Glaude, both of whom “got animated and seemed excited over the idea that hundreds of people could die, but it would be worth it because finally some of Trump’s base would stop supporting him.”

And then there are the headlines. From CNN International: “Is coronavirus Trump’s Katrina?” Huffington Post: “Tom Steyer Predicts Coronavirus Will Be Trump’s Hurricane Katrina.” Marketwatch: “Scaramucci: This Could Be Trump’s Hurricane Katrina …” And it goes on and on.

In the meantime, Mr. Trump wasn’t sitting around obsessing about how America’s suffering would be a good thing with which to nail his political opponents. Quite the contrary. After establishing a political career hating Mr. Trump, California Gov. Gavin Newsom found himself in the midst of the Wuhan Virus disaster and actually needed the president’s assistance. Fortunately for Mr. Newsom, Mr. Trump operates differently from him and focuses on actually governing and doing what’s right, a fact Mr. Newsom recently had to admit.

At a press conference Mr. Newsom commented, “[Trump] said, ‘We’re going to do the right thing, and you have my support. … He said everything that I could have hoped for. … And every single thing he said, they followed through on,”  the Washington Examiner reported. “Newsom’s remarks were in contrast to his usual criticism of Trump. He recently called California the most ‘un-Trump‘ state in the country. …”

California is “un-Trump.” The dire condition of that state proves that point. Perhaps now is the time to reject the harmful and absurd obsession with hating the president and recognize that we’re all in this together. The president understands that, to the benefit of everyone, including Californians.

• Tammy Bruce, president of Independent Women’s Voice, author and Fox News contributor, is a radio talk-show host.

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