April 14, 2020

There are a lot of words you could use to describe the daily White House briefings on the COVID-19 (Chinese) coronavirus and the havoc it’s wrought, but I wouldn’t call them “exhilarating” or “entertaining”…until yesterday. Finally fed up with a rabidly biased news media that seems more interested in attacking and blaming President Trump and accusing him of not taking the pandemic seriously than in relaying accurate, necessary information to the public, Trump introduced a video. It included a timeline, showing the steps Trump has taken to combat the virus going all the way back to January, when he banned travel from China and the people who now accuse him of waiting too long called him “racist” and “xenophobic.” (Fun Fact: Trump mentioned the coronavirus in his State of the Union Address, the one that Nancy Pelosi – who now claims he was “fiddling while Rome burns” – infamously ripped up behind him.)

The video went on to show the media, political opponents and so-called “health experts” on cable TV news channels dismissing the dangers, and Democratic Governors praising the White House response.

Here’s the full briefing, and the video starts around the 15-minute mark:

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Predictably, the media reacted like a pack of dogs who were forced to watch a screening of “Cats.” Not since Dr. Smith on “Lost in Space” have feigned outrage, wounded dignity and cries of “Oh, the pain! The pain!” been so hilarious. They could not believe that Trump had the temerity to show the public what they’d actually said two or three months ago. The reporters in the room accused him of showing a “campaign video,” while both CNN and MSNBC cut away from the briefing to keep their viewers from seeing anything that might actually open their eyes to the truth.

Incredibly, what I assume must be a petulant 14-year-old at CNN actually imposed titles on the press conference feed, reading, "Angry Trump turns briefing into propaganda session," "Trump uses task force briefing to try and rewrite history on coronavirus response," and "Trump melts down in angry response to reports he ignored virus warnings."

Funny, he seemed pretty calm to me. And I thought that “propaganda” referred to fake news, not showing the public video of direct quotes with accurate dates attached. My term for that would be “journalism.” Of course, it’s understandable that CNN wouldn’t recognize “journalism,” since it’s been so long since they’ve practiced it. MSNBC also explained their cutaway by saying there is no reason for them to broadcast propaganda. I agree, and yet they keep doing it 24/7.

Another laughable response came on Twitter from someone who said reporters would never have just sat there respectfully and let Obama praise himself at length. News flash: that’s pretty much all they did for eight years.

But the funniest response had to come from former Obama Administration mouthpieces like Joe Lockhart (now on CNN) and Ben Rhodes (now on MSNBC), who huffed that they NEVER would have stood at the podium and dispensed such one-sided, campaign style propaganda (“If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor!”) Reminder: Ben Rhodes once bragged about how he sold Obama’s Iran nuclear deal by setting up an “echo chamber” to feed talking points to the young political reporters “who literally know nothing” so they would regurgitate them back to their readers and viewers.

You know the difference between what Obama told us about the Iran nuclear deal and the video that Trump showed on Monday? Everything in Trump’s video was true.

A post-script: New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman is heard in her own voice in the video, admitting that Trump was called a racist and a xenophobe for his early cut-off of travel from China to the US, but it did slow the spread of the disease. She tweeted that “their use of the audio is misleading - I went on to say I said he treated that travel limitation as a Mission Accomplished moment.”

Yes, I read the transcript, and she did go on to criticize Trump (what a surprise.) But that’s irrelevant. Her personal interpretation of his attitude in no way altered what she said about his actions in January or the reactions to them. And nobody is under any obligation to quote her entire interview to provide “context.” Real journalists use excerpts and editing all the time, but the excerpt must convey the actual meaning. An example of “misleading” editing would be cutting up and splicing a Trump comment to make it appear that there were fine people among a group of white supremacists when he was actually talking about people who want to preserve Confederate monuments.

Again, this is Journalism 101 stuff, so I’m not surprised that a New York Times reporter isn’t familiar with it.

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  • Geraldine Reeder

    04/14/2020 06:10 PM

    Im glad you are giving righteous news..

  • Sandra Roberts

    04/14/2020 04:58 PM

    The liberal media are a disgrace They have abused the title of journalist They are no more than a propaganda arm of the left We see and we have your back Mr President and so does God??????

  • Karen Davis

    04/14/2020 03:59 PM

    Thank you, Governor Huckabee. I enjoy your page and your show very much. Thank you for reminding us conservatives that know the truth when we see it. I, for one, just cannot express it like you can. We are getting beaten up for having a different opinion than some people who have been our friends. Some of our family members even.
    I thank God that He has given me discernment, and I’m able to see those lies And twisting the truth that the Left is spreading. He has not given me the gift of expressing that, though. I just shake my head and have to leave my friends to God because they are going to be so easily swayed when they start believing all of the stuff that will be coming at us in the time of the antichrist.
    I am thankful that my entire immediate family is with me on this. Thank you for speaking for us.

  • Carol Davis

    04/14/2020 02:23 PM

    Thanks Mike for your
    report. Your messages are
    what the President and Americans need to hear.

  • Nadine Zerbe

    04/14/2020 01:57 PM

    Those “journalists” were the ones who had the melt down! The truth was just WAY TOO painful!! They wrote the paper, magazine, article, report, book...on DEPLORABLE!!! They need to be SPANKED!!!

  • Del Vanderbeek

    04/14/2020 11:57 AM

    Thank you again, Mike Huckabee for explaining the truth about what is really going on regarding the lying, and dis-honest reporting by the mainstream news media (CNN, MSNBC, CBS, ABC, NBC, FOX, The New York Slime, The Washington Post and many others). Keep up the great work. It will really pay off during the election in November when President Trump is re-elected by a land slide.

  • Sa Ro

    04/14/2020 11:30 AM

    They cut off the youtube video for the Task Force White House briefing on 04/13/2020 to about 2-1/2 minutes so that you can't watch the 15-minute mark.