The United States and much of the world is battling the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus, and yet, New York Times journalists can’t even put aside partisanship to simply report the facts—what people need the most right now.
The latest example comes from reports about a call between President Trump and governors about COVID-19.
At least four NYT journalists reported that Trump told these state leaders they are on their own in terms of acquiring medical supplies. The only problem, of course, is that it's incredibly misleading without the next sentence.
Trump tells governors not to wait for federal government to look for needed medical equipment on their own. “Respirators, ventilators, all of the equipment—try getting it yourselves,” he told them on the call, according to recording obtained by @jmartNYT https://t.co/vlOR08SeXK— Peter Baker (@peterbakernyt) March 16, 2020
Trump told governors this morning they are on their own:— Mara Gay (@MaraGay) March 16, 2020
“Respirators, ventilators, all of the equipment — try getting it yourselves,” Mr. Trump told the governors during the conference call, a recording of which was shared with The New York Times. https://t.co/K0sont7MBc
Now, here’s the full quote:
“Respirators, ventilators, all of the equipment — try getting it yourselves. We will be backing you, but try getting it yourselves. Point of sales, much better, much more direct if you can get it yourself.”
And that's why Trump calls the media the enemy of the people.
Appalling misrepresentation of a quote. The full quote was "We will be backing you, but try getting it yourselves first"--basically saying pricing could be more efficient on the front end. Good Lord. https://t.co/J3I9QNFcmi— Ben Williamson (@_WilliamsonBen) March 16, 2020
Why no one trusts media, part 1147a-3:— Virginia Kruta (@VAKruta) March 16, 2020
President Trump *actually* promised to help but suggested governors might have more success procuring supplies directly, state by state — but she realized she could paint Trump as the villain if she shared only half the quote. https://t.co/0SKLIUpuCS
Other than your bias, why not include the next two sentences: "We will be backing you, but try getting it yourselves. Point of sales, much better, much more direct if you can get it yourself.”— (((Jason Rantz))) on KTTH Radio (@jasonrantz) March 16, 2020