If you wanted to prove that President Donald Trump can do no right in the eyes of the mainstream media, there are countless examples you could cite even though we are only ten months into his administration. But few of them are more potent than the network news reaction to his speech Thursday, in which he declared a public health emergency to address the opioid crisis threatening so many communities across the United States. A purely presidential, compassionate declaration that was accompanied by a sober and emotional ceremony at the White House, it was nothing if not fodder for those who hate the fact that Trump is not as “serious” as he ought to be. And it put an important national spotlight on a problem that is growing worse by the day.
And the media’s reaction?
On the CBS Evening News, anchor Anthony Mason kicked things off with this biased opener: “Today, President Trump declared a public health emergency to fight the epidemic, but critics were quick to say that does not provide the money to get the job done.”
“President Trump stopped short of declaring the opioid crisis a national emergency, opting instead for a public health emergency declaration,” said CBS White House reporter Major Garrett. “Financing comes from the public health emergency fund, which has a balance of just over $56,000. The federal government estimates the crisis costs $75 billion annually.”
By way of providing additional coverage, Garrett interviewed Obama administration drug czar Michael Botticelli, who had, naturally, even more criticism. “Without any additional resource allocation, I think it really doesn’t make a difference what we call it,” he said. “It’s largely rhetoric and very shallow in terms of really taking major actions against the epidemic.”
And over on ABC News, the focus was largely the same, bashing the White House for failing to call the epidemic a national emergency, which would have unlocked millions of dollars with which the administration could do…something…apparently…that would make a difference.
Keep in mind these are the same liberals who have been telling us for years what a racial/economic disaster Reagan’s “War on Drugs” was in the 1980s.
Trump could announce a new initiative against mass incarceration, a nationwide gun registry, and introduce federal war crimes charges against George W. Bush, and these unhinged liberals would still find a way to make him an enemy. Their bias has made them not only dangerous to our democracy, but dangerously irrelevant.