I’m not one that believes that I have this magnetic effect on people. I know everyone has their own viewpoint, and I’m fine with that. What I think is interesting however was an op-ed piece that appeared in the Wall Street Journal on Thursday. In it, this woman who voted for Donald Trump sent a note to the WSJ saying that she had stopped watching the daily briefings from the White House. The reason?
It was more about Donald Trump’s feuds, and less about information about the Coronavirus.
In other words, the exact same thing I’ve been saying all along. Donald Trump isn’t necessarily giving the country a breakdown about where we are in this crisis. He’s gladhanding, thanking people that have been agreeing with him, and doing his bidding, and scorning the people that have been asking gotcha questions, disagreeing with him, and upset with the pace of the eradication of the COVID-19 virus.
Look, I get it that we as a country really don’t have a lot of patience. I know we are all ADDHD riddled, and want things to happen in a day or less. We can thank the 24-hour news cycle, fast food restaurants, and a “give it to me now” lifestyle for all of that. And when things do take time, we start getting very antsy. Now is one of those times. The Coronavirus isn’t going away any time soon. In fact, if you take a really close look at the “Sick Map”, you’ll see that we are only starting to flatten out the curve a little bit. We’re still going up!
All of this, and the liberal media is already trying to buck the system and stop covering the daily briefings. Why? Because a) they are too long; b) Trump speaks for half of it, and plays cheerleader, and then slaps down any that disagree with him (not say that’s not called for in some instances); and c) very little new information gets through to us.
My wife says that she likes watching it because she does pick up a nugget or two of information every day. That’s all that’s there. A nugget. It doesn’t take 90 minutes to give you a nugget, it takes at most 10 minutes. And if the news channels were smart, they’d have their reporters cover the nugget in 2 minutes. Use a 30-second snippet of Dr. Fauci and be done with it.
The WSJ is right in that these briefings have morphed into something totally different than what they started out being. Why do we need to listen to a politician expound on the number of face masks the government is sending to New York City or to Detroit? Put it online, and anyone interested can look it up. If you’re going to have a daily briefing, let’s hear from Fauci or Birx, and get on with life. You know as well as I do that they could cover this in a tenth the time, give us the necessary information and we can all get through the day.
At some point, the president’s job approval numbers are going to start heading south because of his briefings. If you look at the latest IPSOS poll, they’re already heading that way (it’s down to 40%), but I think it’s because they used over 52% Democrats in their survey universe…48% Republicans and Independents, and the Independent margin of error was well over 13%! That’s not a poll…that’s a liberal wish list!
Donald Trump would be wise to heed the Wall Street Journal’s editorial and back away from the briefings. It’s not going to do him any good to continue to draw the fire and the ire of the press daily. As America gets antsier and antsier about getting “back to normal”, they are eventually going to turn on Trump as the reason why we are still sitting in our houses!
Carry on world…you’re dismissed! And stay safe!