- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 18, 2020

CNN’s Jake Tapper was none too happy with President Trump and “conservative pundits” this week as the nation came to grips with the coronavirus pandemic.

The “Reliable Sources” host on Tuesday suggested that Fox News, Mr. Trump, and right-leaning pundits were not, in fact, reliable when it comes to educating the public on the spreading contagion.

“We really are getting mixed messages,” Mr. Tapper told Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the network’s chief medical correspondent. “I say that as a member of the public as well as a member of the media because while you have President Trump yesterday and today clearly stating what the CDC is recommending, 15 days of social distancing, avoiding groups, staying six feet away from people, staying inside as much as possible, if you’re old especially, staying inside as much as possible, not going to bars, not going to restaurants, not going to nightclubs. All of that is happening. Meanwhile, Arizona, Illinois, Florida had elections today.”

The doctor lamented that too many Americans think coronavirus is “no big deal.”

“There have been, by serious medical professionals in England and in the United States, projections that hundreds of thousands of Americans will die from this, if not millions, if not millions of Americans,” Mr. Tapper continued after a break, media watchdog NewsBusters reported. “Now, I understand there have been a lot of people giving false information out there, including President Trump although in the last couple days, he’s completely been striking the right tone and talking about how serious it is.”

The host then appeared to take a jab at competitor Fox News.

“[The false information also comes from] a lot of conservative pundits and a lot of people on a different channel, talking about how this is just like the flu. But it’s not,” he said.

NewsBusters writer Kristine Marsh responded by saying Mr. Tapper may want to mention how “his own liberal peers have politicized this virus themselves … not to mention that the media has cried wolf about President Trump for so long that it’s no wonder many people may have tuned them out.”

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