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Media Charges Trump With Calling Coronavirus A ‘Hoax.’ He Didn’t.
By Tristan Justice, The Federlaist, February 29, 2020:
The mainstream media has run wild, saying President Donald Trump used the word “hoax” to describe the threat of a coronavirus pandemic.
“Trump calls Coronavirus Democrats’ ‘new hoax,’” blasted an NBC headline.
“Trump fends off criticism of ‘hoax’ remarks after first U.S. coronavirus death,” wrote the Guardian.
“Trump rallies his base to treat Coronavirus as a ‘hoax,’” charged Politico, which had its article tagged on Facebook as misleading after review from independent fact-checkers.
If you are pushing the narrative that Trump called coronavirus a “hoax,” you’re lying.
It’s pretty obvious what he’s saying here. pic.twitter.com/RlSoJ8ZSb8
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) February 29, 2020
“Now the Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus,” Trump complained.
One of my people came up to me and said, “Mr. President, they tried to beat you on Russia, Russia, Russia. That didn’t work out too well. They couldn’t do it. They tried the impeachment hoax that was on a perfect conversation. They tried anything. They tried it over and over. They’ve been doing it since you got in. It’s all turning, they lost, it’s all turning. Think of it. Think of it. And this is their new hoax.”
Even some mainstream reporters have explained Trump wasn’t claiming coronavirus itself was a hoax.
“He was saying the hoax is that he’s handled it badly. Not the virus itself,” said Will Saletan, a national correspondent for the left-wing Slate.
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