Trump’s daily press briefings have been helpful to the American people and his poll numbers.
The more people see him handling this crisis, the more they like him.
And the media can’t have that.
In response, a growing number of media outlets are trying to censor the press briefings.
Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist explains:
As Trump’s Poll Numbers Rise, Media Begin Censoring Press Conferences
When polls showed that President Donald Trump was receiving unusually high marks for his handling of the Coronavirus pandemic, the first stage of grief the media went through was denial…
The political media have been working extremely hard to craft a narrative that the spread of the coronavirus was essentially the fault of the man they had blamed for all other ills in recent years. How could the people not accept that narrative, particularly considering that most everyone in the media was pushing it?
Things got worse when additional polls showed Trump receiving high ratings at the same time that the media received poor ratings. A brand new Gallup study — “Coronavirus Response: Hospitals Rated Best, News Media Worst” — was particularly bad news. When Americans were asked about nine different institutions and political leaders, they gave majority approval to all but the media.
President Trump has a 22-point net approval rating while the media’s net approval rating was negative 11 points. The RealClearPolitics approval average for Trump was its highest during his entire presidency.
Towards the end of this article, Hemingway drops the hammer:
The media that was able to push impeachment while the coronavirus spread throughout the world, that claimed concerns about it were racist, and that attempts to control its spread were xenophobic, now wants even more control over the message.
Their plan to keep Americans in the dark about what the country’s top political and medical officials say unless it is filtered through a group of people who botched the 2016 campaign, the Russia collusion narrative, and the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing is a demonstration of something very dangerous.
That is an absolutely perfect analysis.
The media has not earned the public’s trust in recent years, quite the opposite in fact.
They have no business trying to control the narrative right now.