President Trump’s first rally back in the wake of the coronavirus crisis was controversial, but that’s really just par for the course at this point. With the mainstream media consistently looking to bolster “the resistance” to Trump, there were sure to be several bones of contention highlighted by the infotainment industry.
One of the most frequent issues with the mainstream media is their selective understanding of literalism. Sure, journalists are taught and expected to be quite literal. The issue here is two-fold:
First, the mainstream media is about as journalistic as TMZ at this point, and their sole purpose seems to be providing endless dopamine spikes to their viewers, in hopes that they’ll stay tuned in long enough to watch the glut of car insurance commercials that infest the airwaves.
Secondly, they simply refuse to believe that anyone they report on could ever use sarcasm, irony, or some other form of obvious veiling. So, when President Trump makes obvious jokes, they seize on the moment.
Such was the case in Tulsa last night, after the President made a fairly obvious joke, (both in tone and in content), about how slowing coronavirus testing would mean less confirmed cases.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Saturday told thousands of cheering supporters he had asked U.S. officials to slow down testing for the novel coronavirus, calling it a “double-edged sword” that led to more cases being discovered.
Trump said the United States had now tested 25 million people, far more than other countries.
“When you do testing to that extent, you’re gonna find more people you’re gonna find more cases. So I said to my people slow the testing down, please,” Trump told a campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where many supporters were not wearing face masks.
The White House pushed back against the asinine assertion that Trump was being serious.
“He was obviously kidding. We are leading the world in testing and have conducted 25 million + in testing,” the official said.
It seems that the easiest way for the mainstream media to generate interest is by swapping the obvious for the oblivious.
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