This article was published by The McAlvany Intelligence Advisor on Monday, March 30, 2020: 

When members of the public were given the opportunity to express their disgust over the media’s coverage of the president’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis, they took it. Gallup reported their results: of the nine leaders and institutions involved in the virus’s mitigation efforts, eight of them were scored positively. In ninth place, the only institution rated negatively, was the mainstream media.

The survey started polling on March 13, the day President Trump declared a national emergency over the virus, and ran it through Sunday, March 22. U.S. hospitals got the highest approval rating, at 88 percent. The president received a 60 percent approval rating while the news media scored just 44 percent.

This was roughly in line with polling results from ABC News and CBS News (at 53 percent approval of the president’s handling of the crisis) and Monmouth University’s (at 50 percent). Monmouth’s poll tagged the media as well, reporting that its survey revealed 43 percent of those polled said the media was doing a poor job of reporting on the crisis.

It must have taken the skin off CNN‘s Grace Sparks and Jennifer Agiesta to have to report that its “Poll of polls” – an aggregate of the last five polls on the president’s overall job performance – indicated that “President Donald Trump’s approval now averages higher than his approval rating has been at any point in CNN‘s polling during his presidency.” And the public’s approval rating of how the president has handled the crisis jumped 11 percentage points in just the last three weeks, from 41 percent earlier this month to 52 percent, according to the two CNN journalists.

The polling reflects the viewership of his daily press conferences. According to Nielsen Ratings, 12.2 million people watched the president’s briefing on Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC last Monday, “up there with Monday Night Football” exuded  Nation‘s James Fite. And that doesn’t count those watching on CBSNBC, or online streaming sites.

This is causing considerable angst among members of the mainstream media who were hoping that the coronavirus would at long last bring down the Trump presidency. With his increasing approval numbers, the media is now urging that those press conferences be tape-delayed and not covered live so that they can line up their responses in advance.

Their excuse? Trump lies, exaggerates, misleads, and deliberately misinforms the public during those pressers. Tweeted Margaret Sullivan, Washington Post‘s media columnist: “The media must stop live-broadcasting Trump’s dangerous, destructive coronavirus briefings…. He’s just using them as a substitute for his rallies. Put him on tape-delay so journalists [like me] can counter his rush of misinformation.” Rachel Maddow of MSNBC echoed Sullivan: “If it were up to me, I would stop putting those briefings on live TV. Not out of spite but because it’s misinformation.” Then she snipped: “If the president does end up saying anything true, you can run it as tape.”

Those watching Trump’s press conferences know that they are professional and informative, with experts like Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Dr. Deborah Birx, the president’s response coordinator for the Coronavirus Task Force, bringing relevant, vital, and timely advice and commentary on the virus, its trajectories, and mitigation efforts being done across the country.

Not only are those watching hungry for information, they are also approving of the president’s leadership style under pressure. As his daughter-in-law, Lara Trump (wife of Trump’s son Eric), expressed it: “Unprecedented times call for a strong leader. My father-in-law, President Trump, is showing what leadership looks like in time of crisis.”

The media, on the other hand, have so soiled their reputation over their coverage that they are coming in last in the public’s view.

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Sources:

GallupCoronavirus Response: Hospitals Rated Best, News Media Worst

LibertyNation.comTrump’s Approval Soars As Media Seeks Blackout

Fox NewsLara Trump: Trump’s handling of coronavirus crisis shows America what real leadership looks like

DailyWire.comGallup Finds Biggest Loser In COVID-19 Response Is The Media

TownHall.comYes, Of Course the Networks Should Keep Airing the White House’s Daily Coronavirus Briefings

CNNCNN Poll of Polls: Trump’s approval up amid coronavirus concerns

Newser.comTrump Has a First in Poll

Fox News60 percent of Americans approve of Trump’s handling of coronavirus: Gallup poll

Western JournalLiberal Media Wants To Pull Trump Briefings from Air After Bashing Him for Not Holding Them

Background on Anthony Fauci

Background on Deborah Birx

Background on Lara Trump

Background on Margaret Sullivan

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