Daniel Greenfield, The rule of thumb for the media is Trump + Event = Scandal
Thus far the media has managed to turn the most innocuous elements of White House life, from the Rose Garden to holiday decorations into scandals. After President Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis, the pattern has held with the media working hard to turn every element of it into a scandal and a conspiracy theory, mining everything for angles it could spin off into hot takes.
After repeatedly suggesting that President Trump’s illness was worse it seemed (and that there was a cover-up), the media responded hysterically to his drive. The inevitable torrent of claims that he was breaking quarantine, endangering his protective detail, and destroying everything in existence soon followed.
It ought to go without saying that the rules are different for POTUS. Unlike say a CNN anchor whose last name was Cuomo, who flagrantly violated quarantine.
Everything from national security to the economy depends on the perception that POTUS is in charge. President Trump’s drive was the equivalent of President Reagan waving from the hospital window after being shot. It was a message to the public and to the world that he was going to be okay and that he was in charge.
It’s an important message.
In an era when video messages and photos can be suspect, (lefty Twitter is full of claims that President Trump’s photos and videos were pre-recorded), the drive was an important tool for reassuring Americans, and telling them and the world not to believe the lies and conspiracy theories that the media was spinning.
And it wouldn’t have been truly needed if the media hadn’t feverishly been casting doubt on whether President Trump was in charge, only for the media to declare that POTUS disproving their conspiracy theories was dangerous and irresponsible.
No. It’s the media’s conspiracy theories that are dangerous and irresponsible.
Attacking the White House Physician is the New Normal
Democrats and their media like to deliver their little lectures about the violations of political norms. Not theirs obviously.
And yet, as part of their bizarre violation of political norms, they routinely attack not only political appointees, but appointees in non-political roles. Like the White House physician.
Before this, Democrats and their media went after former Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson because he released a report stating that President Trump was fit. Eventually the harassment got to be too much.
Now they’re targeting Dr. Sean Conley, currently the Physician to the President, who’s treating President Trump. Dr. Conley has become the receptacle of all the media’s slimy innuendo, conspiracy theories, and hysterical derangement. Despite the fact that Dr. Conley, who served in Afghanistan, is just trying to do his job.
The media has gone the full Two Minutes Hate on Dr. Conley, running unflattering pictures of him, accusing him of being a Trump toady, and conspiring to stage a cover-up of some sort, despite the fact that he’s just trying to treat a patient while in the middle of a media firestorm.
If Republicans had been harassing Obama’s doctor while he was undergoing treatment, you can imagine the media’s fury. But, as usual, they consider this kind of Trump Derangement Syndrome on their own part to be wholly justified and normal.
Media: Trump is Taking Coronavirus Meds to Make Money
Every time you think Trump Derangement Syndrome has hit some kind of bottom, it hits a new low.
This USA Today article is notable for two things, the bizarre conspiracy theories that Democrat TDS manages to craft, and the reality that the media is helpless to stop feeding the monster it made. This isn’t so much an article as a strange missive written at political gunpoint.
Twitter Dem TDS has crafted the idea that President Trump is taking coronavirus medications to raise their stock value and make money.
It’s a new low of TDS insanity, but the media has to cater to every crazy social media conspiracy theories from its own side, resulting in stuff like this.
Trump COVID-19 treatment: President had stakes in Regeneron and Gilead, makers of antibody cocktail, Remdesivir – USA Today
So the theory here is that President Trump faked a coronavirus diagnosis in the middle of an election campaign so he can boost the stock value of two companies.
Sure, sounds plausible. The only question is how were the urinating Russian prostitute bots involved?
President Donald Trump previously reported he earned capital gains from Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and Gilead Sciences Inc., the manufacturers of two of the medicines he’s taken as part of his COVID-19 treatment plan.
According to a 2017 financial disclosure form filed with the U.S. Office of Government Ethics in June 2017, Trump had a capital gain of $50,001 to $100,000 for Regeneron Pharmaceuticals and $100,001 to $1 million for Gilead Sciences Inc. The form notes the information was of April 15, 2017.
Trump’s subsequent disclosure forms, including his 2020 form signed July 31, did not list Regeneron or Gilead.
To summarize, President Trump had investments in Regeneron and Gilead, now he longer does. So what’s the point of this story? There isn’t one.
USA Today assigned someone to write up a TDS conspiracy theory and that person had just enough ethics to disprove the conspiracy theory in the third graph, without actually coming out and saying, “This is not true.”
The media can’t come out and fact check its own crazy conspiracy theories, it just writes like it’s been taken hostage sometimes.