Mainstream media has been overcritical of Trump’s response to COVID-19

Michael Tallarida ’21

In light of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the government, specifically President Trump, has faced constant pressure from the mainstream media sources. While some have approved President Trump’s response to the pandemic, the majority of news sources have been critical of the president’s handling of the virus. It doesn’t seem too fair for Mr. Trump to receive this much backlash, but disapproval from the mainstream media is nothing new to the average American. 

     Before the virus even started to break out in America, President Trump assembled his coronavirus task force, headed by Vice President Mike Pence. Two days later, on January 31, Mr. Trump banned all travel from anyone who was in China in the last two weeks. Trump’s decision received backlash from media sources, with some saying it was too early to do so. Now, four months later, the same sources claim that President Trump was too late to ban travel from China compared to the rest of the world.

     Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden even stated, “45 nations had already moved before the president moved.” While the number is relatively true, the extent of Biden’s claim is misleading. President Trump issued this travel ban shortly after the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus a public health emergency. Many other countries issued their travel bans during a similar time period, so Biden’s comparison of the United State’s response time against other countries is a bit out of context. 

[Trump’s] hard work and dedication to the country is being overlooked by the media’s political agenda.

     As the virus began to spread throughout the country, President Trump seemed quite certain that the country should be open sooner than later, and that the numbers of cases and fatalities would be lower than what we have seen. While his predictions relied mainly on what his task force was telling him, the media continues to put the blame on the president himself. Dr. Fauci himself agreed with the previous projections of around 60,000 deaths in the United States. As America hovers around 100,000 deaths, Trump continues to boast America’s testing numbers, which has been a pivotal part of the whole pandemic.

     The United States has administered the most COVID-19 tests worldwide but ranks only fourth in tests per capita. The testing has definitely been an issue during the pandemic, and Trump and his team have heard the feedback about it from the media. 

President Donald J. Trump leads a Coronavirus news conference, March 13, 2020, in the Rose Garden of the White House – The White House via Wikimedia Commons

    While President Trump has been doing his best to keep the American people safe, the media seems to be constantly looking for new things to blame on Trump. The president’s social media presence may be a bit too much during the pandemic, but his hard work and dedication to the country is being overlooked by the media’s political agenda.

poll by Austin Zhuang ’22

     Don’t get me wrong, President Trump is not the perfect fit to be serving our country right now, as Republicans like myself believe there are better politicians out there. But all President Trump wants is what’s best for the American people as a whole. As more people urge for the reopening of their respective states, President Trump has served as the driving force behind this American resurgence. States such as Florida and Georgia, who have been open for about three to four weeks now, have yet to see spikes in their cases, as most in the media predicted would happen. Good news like this usually escapes the headlines of media sources, as they continue to focus on the things going awry in our country.

     Going into the 2020 presidential election, Trump’s response to the pandemic will be a critical factor in his re-election campaign. While the polls continue to change week to week, the most recent ones show Trump up a few points in many battleground states. Only time will tell how the rest of the pandemic unfolds, and who will be giving that inaugural address on a cold winter afternoon in January.