CORONAVIRUS/TRUMP AS PRESIDENT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “The stock market is swooning. Consumers are stockpiling masks and antibacterial gels. President Trump’s response to a global epidemic has done little to quell fears. In the right-wing media universe, however, the commotion over the coronavirus is hardly a crisis for the White House. Instead, it’s just another biased attack on a president from the usual haters…As public health experts warn that the spread of the coronavirus is inevitable and urge Americans to take precautions, the pro-Trump media world has presented the subject as more fodder for partisan debate. The losses in the stock market — one of the president’s self-appointed barometers of the nation’s success — are described as a consequence of fears deliberately spread by liberals and biased journalists, rather than a reaction by investors concerned about how the virus has affected economies around the world.”

Michael M. Grynbaum and Rachel Abrams, “Right-Wing Media Says Virus Fears Were Whipped Up to Hurt Trump, “ The New York Times online, February 28, 2020