Texas Governor Upends 'Fake News' About Medical Resources in Dallas

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Posted: Apr 06, 2020 10:30 AM
Texas Governor Upends 'Fake News' About Medical Resources in Dallas

Source: AP Photo/Eric Gay

The Dallas Morning News picked a fight with the wrong person. Last week Gov. Greg Abbott announced that the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center would be used for COVID-19 patients last week. But the federal government informed his office that if the county did not accept the resource, it would be moved elsewhere. 

The media didn't think the real story was juicy enough so they put a cute spin on it.

"Governor threatens to move emergency medical resources from Dallas County if they aren't used," the DMN's original headline read.

"Gov. Greg Abbott's chief of staff said that if Dallas County doesn't accept the facilities by 5 p.m. Monday, the federal government will have to relocate it elsewhere," the outlet reported.

Gov. Abbott couldn't believe what he was reading and told the editors that they should be "ashamed."

As the governor explained on Twitter, he's the one who set up the Convention Center for coronavirus care.

Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw could have destroyed the DMN for the misleading report with one of his signature clapbacks. But instead he simply and somberly noted that the media "has to do better."

Instead of embellishing reports, the DMN could have highlighted Abbott's exemplary leadership during this health crisis. He's overseen the launch of some innovative testing facilities, and helped roll back regulations so that physician assistants, medical physicists, respiratory care candidates for licensure, etc. can more quickly enter the workforce.