Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, slammed the media for what he described was its “grotesque” coverage of the U. S. exceeding China in reported coronavirus cases.
For weeks, China and Italy had led the global count of reported coronavirus cases as the U. S. saw a drastic increase of its own numbers between the spread of the disease and the growing availability of testing kits. On Thursday, the U.S. officially had more reported cases than any nation in the world.
On Sunday, Rubio, a fierce critic of China, blasted the media’s coverage, suggesting they are too trusting of China’s self-provided data.
“Some in our media can’t contain their glee & delight in reporting that the U. S. has more #CoronaVirus cases than #China,” Rubio tweeted. “Beyond being grotesque, it’s bad journalism.
He continued, “We have NO IDEA how many cases China really has but without any doubt it’s significantly more than why [sic] they admit to.”
Beyond being grotesque,its bad journalism
We have NO IDEA how many cases China really has but without any doubt its significantly more than why they admit to
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) March 29, 2020
Some journalists on Twitter fired back at Marco Rubio.
“This tweet is grotesque. Delete it,” GQ political columnist Laura Bassett wrote.
This tweet is grotesque. Delete it.
— Laura Bassett (@LEBassett) March 29, 2020
The idea that journalists are cheering on the coronavirus pandemic is extremely stupid. Our industry is about to get devastated by the economic downturn and journalists are getting sick just like everyone else. No one wants this to be happening. https://t.co/6bUtp05ihZ
— Rosie Gray (@RosieGray) March 29, 2020
Senator, either you have no clue what you're talking about or you're being a jerk. I have friends in this industry who have the virus. We have to make exceptionally challenging calls about sending reporters into hot spots or places where they could get it. Do better.
— Sam Stein (@samstein) March 29, 2020
Of course, after three years of none stop Russia, Russia, Russia stupidity, the media crying foul is a wee bit disingenuous.
Here was our response on Twitter to Sam Stein
How about you morons in the media start doing better… Or, is this an example of journalism's finest?https://t.co/4pFLj3kiN9
— BackroomBuzz.com (@BackroomBuzz) March 30, 2020
Others also responded to the triggered media who were outraged that Marco Rubio had the audacity to hold up a mirror.
Exhibit A: pic.twitter.com/iOCgyAZn2N
— Rep. Steven Smith (R-GA) ?? (@RepStevenSmith) March 29, 2020
Do know where the US doesn’t have many journalists? China, because they kicked them out. I wonder why you brave firefighter. ???
— Kyle Beckley (@Kyle_Beckley) March 29, 2020
I think your profession is the one that needs to do a lot better. As an American watching and reading the coverage, the media really is the problem and yes you guys are way too gleeful in response to this tragedy. You all need to do better!
— Lisa Hudak (@LisaMikeoHudak) March 30, 2020
Do you think that journalism is the only field affected by this? Just going to the grocery store is risky for anyone these days.
— LindaTenhat (@TenhatLB) March 29, 2020
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