This is news?

This is news?

PE Bias Grade : C

By: Allen Nitschelm on April 27, 2020 | Article Review

This is a review of the following Boston Globe Article:
Article Title Republicans fear loss of presidency and Senate
Date 04/26/2020
Article Link Boston Globe ( Page A11 )
Syndicated From New York Times
Journalist Jonathan Martin
Maggie Haberman
Article Summary

Preview of upcoming election in November for President and control of Congress.

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The Boston Globe reports that Republicans fear losing the presidency and both chambers of Congress in November. And this is news?

But it is framed this way in order to cast a negative light on President Trump. By putting the worst scenario in the headline and then listing the challenges President Trump has faced, the implication that readers are supposed to connect is that Trump has mishandled things.

And since this is “Republicans” who have this fear, the other implication is that Republicans think Trump has mishandled things.

These are not just invalid opinions, they are also wrong. Most Republicans support Trump’s handling of the Coronavirus epidemic, from his early travel ban to his many press conferences. He is engaged, he is participating, and he is keeping in mind the economic hit the country is suffering from and is working hard to try to return things to normal as soon as possible.

At the start of the pandemic, Trump was very optimistic that it wouldn’t be so severe. He was wrong but trying to keep people’s spirits up. It is like the airline pilot who loses both engines and then tells the passengers to stay calm.

And, of course, we appear for the moment to have escaped the worst-case scenarios, which was millions of deaths and an overwhelmed hospital system like in Italy.

Let’s also remember that the virus originated in China, and its spread was in large part due to the misinformation and bad decisions by the Communist Party in China and the misinformation and coverup by the World Health Organization.

Trump has been criticized by suggesting treatments. Obviously, people suffering from Coronavirus need to get medical care. But it doesn’t hurt to ask your doctor about alternate treatments whether they are recommended by Trump or anyone else. Nobody is going to take drugs on their own nor should they.

This long and critical article is a good example of media bias against the President. Republican “consultants” who are looking to get quoted can just say critical things about Trump and get the publicity they seek. The media has made attacking Trump their number one goal and this article is a case in point. But just because you can find a status-seeking Republican to criticize President Trump does not mean that his base is upset or that Republicans in Congress are upset.

Obviously, the Coronavirus is not President Trump’s fault, and obviously it has taken a huge hit to the economy. Since the economy is often the top consideration for voters, Trump no longer looks like he has a lock on the election. But that doesn’t mean Biden will win. Once voters compare the two directly, Trump is going to have several strong advantages which could be decisive in voters’ minds despite the poor economy. And if voters want any chance of a strong economic recover in 2021 and beyond, they should stick with Trump and not replace him with a Socialist-wannabe.


Allen Nitschelm is publisher of He critiques the Boston Globe, mostly focusing on the bias in their news reporting. News articles are graded for bias, and the website has a listing of the average bias ratings for all reporters reviewed. See our website for more information and the four categories of articles we publish.

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