ABC’s White House correspondent Jonathan Karl
Trump is discreetly attempting to divert attention away from chilling bad news his experts are revealing during his daily coronavirus press conferences.
During yesterday’s daily coronavirus news conference, which has become a daily Trump campaign rally, Trump attacked ABC’s White House correspondent Jonathan Karl as a “third-rate reporter.” Trump called the esteemed reporter a “cutie pie” with a sarcastic sneer in a previous attack last week. The sacrificial news reporter theme has become a daily event during many of the coronavirus briefings. It is a tool used by Trump to quickly misdirect attention away from an essential question that he is uncomfortable with answering.
Karl appeared on “The View” Tuesday to talk about his and other reporters being attacked by President Trump during that and previous press briefings. Karl pointed out that what was lost during the Trump attack to him was that Dr. Anthony Fauci had revealed horrifying information about our future.
In discussing what happened on Monday, Karl said…
“Sometimes you get the sense that the president thinks every question should start with, ‘Why are you doing such a great job, Mr. President?'”
“But look, this was a question about a brand new report from the Health and Human Services Inspector General that was based on a survey of more than 300 hospitals. So this wasn’t the Inspector General giving out an opinion. This was a survey of hospitals and how they’re handling the pandemic, and what it found, among other things, is that there are long wait times to get test results back from laboratories.”
Karl pointed out that his question first came from a Fox News reporter about why it was taking a week or more to get the results from the coronavirus tests. In the case of one White House reporter, it took them eight days to get the result, and it was someone who was coming in close contact with the president.
“The View” co-host Meghan McCain said she was “horrified” seeing the interactions between the press and Trump during yesterday’s briefing. Even as a conservative, she noted she trusts Karl as a reporter to be fair.
Karl emphasized Trump is making a habit out of these kinds of attacks…
“It has happened with alarming consistency… He, at virtually every one of these briefings, there is a moment where he lashes out in very personal terms at a reporter… He’s done it to me now twice. He’s done it to several of my colleagues. You know, I don’t know if it’s strategic or if he is just truly consumed with how he is perceived.”
The New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman attributed the strategy as being a wag the dog strategy in a Tweet following the televised Monday press briefing…
“ As long as Trump is fighting with reporters, he can attempt to shift the focus from where the government has lagged in its response…Do you think maybe this is a sort of ‘wag the dog’ situation where it’s easier to get in a fight with you than take responsibility for the horrible response to the virus?”
Karl said there might be something to what Maggie Haberman’s assessment, noting that before Trump freaked out and started attacking reporters, he asked Dr. Fauci a question about how the country will return to normal. Karl went on to say…
“The answer was kind of lost in the shuffle, but I think critically important.”
“I asked him, ‘until there is a vaccine which is not only created and tested but wildly available to everybody, can we truly get back to normal?’ His answer was chilling. He said that we might never get fully back to the world that was pre-coronavirus. That threat will always be out there, and we’re never really going to be able to let our guard down until that vaccine is available to everybody. As you know, that’s like a year and a half down the road.”
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