Few things have stuck with me from my high school studies as much as a 19th-century play by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. “An Enemy of the People” is quite relatable to the current times.

The play centers around Dr. Stockmann. He warns his fellow citizens that their natural springs, the town’s economic engine, are contaminated with bacteria from the local tannery and pose a public health danger. He recommends their closure. Although the doctor was previously held in high esteem, the townspeople quickly turn against him.

The newspaper refuses to print his scientific findings. It instead chooses to print a reassuring column by the mayor that rejects the scientific findings. Dr. Stockmann’s family is ruined. He remains steadfast and tells his family that he intends to remain in the town and prove to its leadership “that considerations of expediency turn morality and justice upside down.”

The deceitful actions by the newspaper portrayed in the play are, unfortunately, familiar. People from all sides of the political spectrum aren’t surprised when our media rejects expertise it deems unpalatable. We’ve become accustomed to the fourth estate manipulating the flow of information by not reporting facts which don’t fit their agenda.

The most recent, and egregious, example comes to us from The New York Times. While “Trump’s deadly search for a scapegoat” by Nicholas Kristof is an opinion piece, The Times has an implicit duty to not print that which isn’t true.

Kristof writes, “Thousands of Americans would be alive today if President Trump had spent more time listening to the World Health Organization instead of trying to destroy it.” He portrays the World Health Organization as faring better in their response to the global pandemic than Trump. Let’s review the documented timeline.

Jan. 5 — WHO said that human-to-human transfer wasn’t occurring and that no travel restrictions were warranted.

Jan. 9 — WHO repeats its Jan. 5 claim.

Jan. 14 — WHO again claims no human-to-human transfer.

Jan. 30 — WHO recommends a public health emergency.

Jan. 31 — President Trump imposes travel restrictions.

Feb. 3 — WHO recommends “against” travel bans or trade restrictions. A Reuters news article on this day reports on a speech by Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, executive director of WHO. The article states, “Referring to the virus’ spread abroad, he (Dr. Tedros) said it was “minimal and slow,” while warning that it could worsen.”

Feb. 12 — Ghebreyesus says the number of new cases in China has stabilized.

Feb. 26 — Trump forms a White House COVID-19 response team.

March 11 — WHO declares global pandemic.

March 16 — Trump announces social distancing guidelines.

Those are the documented facts. They’re entirely inconsistent with any notion that Trump’s response to the global pandemic was inadequate or fell short of WHO recommendations.

Further outrage is what appears to be the media’s complete avoidance of assigning responsibility where it lays — the Chinese communist government.

Norman Pappous lives in League City.

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(48) comments

Don Schlessinger

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David Hardee

We all know the threat of the virus will eventually be overcome with a vaccine. Yet more dangerous is the threat infiltrating our society that has no solution. Our society is depending on the 4th Estate for information of national importance. Locally we can evaluate our news organization but on the national and international stage, we are totally dependent on the media (4th Estate).

Even without the virus, the multiple media organizations are in frenzy to make their program most popular. They skew the facts to titillate the public and increase the popularity of their programs. The consequence is that the public becomes polarized by the media’s multiple interpretations of events and hypothesizing. Every issue is being embellished with politics and racist agendas.

This is the price we pay for the freedom of speech. When a professional organization denies it ethical oversight the entire membership qualifies as corrupt and in turn, corrupts all it touches. The 4th Estate, in general, is unethical and corrupt.

Emile Pope

Interesting how the writer never gave the source of his listings...

Terriel Fox

It’s not the fourth estate. Whats unethical is how this piece of garbage dumb Donnie has called them the enemy of the people because they tell the truth about a totally currupt administration that is racist cruel and only cares about himself and his billionaire cronies. His administration is full of currupt incompetent billionaires. How they gonna care about the working class when there job is to keep wages low and profits high. You try feed your family on $400 a week.

Stuart Crouch

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Carlos Ponce

Fox, Trump called FAKE NEWS the enemy of the people. That does not apply to everyone in media. They lie, and lie and lie. And the gullible easily convinced believe their lies. It doesn't matter. Trump will win re-election in November. Don't get too upset when it happens!

Emile Pope

Absolutely one of the most useless articles ever written...

Terriel Fox

Amen! Register volunteer and vote for our democracy vote for America vote blue

Carlos Ponce

Trump will win re-election but vote for whomever you want.

Carlos Ponce

Some international entity like the World Health Organization can be useful during a pandemic but WHO was useless. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is the first non doctor to head the organization. His previous career was in microbiology. He holds a Doctorate of Philosophy. His nomination was opposed by the United States but promoted by China which has deep economic ties to his native Ethiopia. His corruption and loyalty to China was well known before his nomination. The United States under President Obama cut AIDS/HIV funding to Ethiopia when Tedros Adhanom was Minister of Health and then became Foreign Minister because the money was misused, embezzled. He needs to go.

Emile Pope

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/11/us/politics/coronavirus-trump-response.html

https://www.vox.com/2020/4/12/21218305/trump-ignored-coronavirus-warnings

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/2020/04/04/coronavirus-government-dysfunction/?arc404=true

https://thebulwark.com/warnings-ignored-a-timeline-of-trumps-covid-19-response/

But let's blame WHO, the press, the governors...anyone and everyone but the person in charge. I remember when two people in this country died from Ebola and someone demanded that President Obama resign. But trump wasn't president then...

Carlos Ponce

"Alerts from high-ranking government experts began as far back as January, six weeks before his administration finally sprang into action on March 16."

He acted back in January beginning January 6. To deny this is to deny facts. What you refer to are just Leftist posts with more propaganda than reality. Little truth in them. And Emile relies on these for his information? Sad, so very sad! [sad]

Carlos Ponce

"Feb. 27 at news conference - "It's going to disappear." It is, wait and see.

Stuart Crouch

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Loretta Davis

Seems some dates were missed.

Jan. 22 Cnbc Interview - Trumps says he was not worried at all about a pandemic. "We have it totally under control. It's one person coming from China. "

Mar. 17 Trump - " I've felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic."

Feb. 10 at NH rally- "You know, in theory, when it gets warmer, it miraculously

goes away."

Feb. 26 at briefing - The 15 cases in U.S. "within a couple of days is going to be

down close to zero."

Feb. 27 at news conference - "It's going to disappear."

Feb. 28 at SC rally - He compared Dems criticism of his administrations's

response to coronavirus to their impeachment efforts, calling it to a new

HOAX. He likened the virus to the FLU.

Mar. 6 at CDC tour - "Anybody who wants a test can get a test."

Mar. 10 to Rep. Senators- "We're prepared and we're doing a great job with it.

And it will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away.

Apr. 3 at briefing - "I said it was going away - and it is going away."

I will skip our President's tweets. Especially ones about Liberation.

Carlos Ponce

Poor Loretta, taking things out of context. And the Liberal's use of this pandemic to discredit his administration is the new HOAX which you have become a part of. Not to worry, Loretta, the Trump Victory Parties will still let you in after he wins re-election in November.

Carlos Ponce

"Feb. 10 at NH rally- 'You know, in theory, when it gets warmer, it miraculously

goes away.' "

IN THEORY and a lot of doctors and scientists say the same. Trump listened to the experts.

Curtiss Brown

That doesn't seem like your usual factual response there Carlos. I see this now and then. When you are stuck and don't have any on-point retort. The fact is that the President of the United States has enormous resources of long-serving professionals to advise him on every contingency. He doesn't need the WHO for advice. He ignores all advice and goes with his gut. He needs the WHO for someone to blame once it is clear that his gut has failed the country.

Carlos Ponce

"He doesn't need the WHO for advice." Tue, But his advisors like Dr. Anthony Fauci relied on the World Health Organization for information. Dr. Fauci said the WHO lied.

Carlos Ponce

"He doesn't need the WHO for advice." True, But his advisors like Dr. Anthony Fauci relied on the World Health Organization for information. Dr. Fauci said the WHO lied.

Carlos Ponce

Loretta posts, "Jan. 22 Cnbc Interview - Trumps says he was not worried at all about a pandemic. "We have it totally under control. It's one person coming from China. "

What did the EXPERTS say about the same time. A day earlier January 21, 2020:

“Obviously, you need to take it seriously, and do the kinds of things that the CDC and the Department of Homeland Security are doing, ” Dr Anthony Fauci responded. “But, this not a major threat for the people of the United States, and this is not something that the citizens of the United States right now should be worried about.”

So the good doctor said not to worry the DAY BEFORE Trump said he was not worried. The CDC and Homeland Security are doing the right things.

Carlos Ponce

Loretta posts, "Mar. 17 Trump - " I've felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic."

Was Trump worried about pandemics? Read this executive order issued on September 19, 2019. He was concerned about pandemics, especially because flu pandemics have taken tens of thousands of American lives.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-modernizing-influenza-vaccines-united-states-promote-national-security-public-health/

Carlos Ponce

"Feb. 26 at briefing - The 15 cases in U.S. "within a couple of days is going to be

down close to zero." And it was.

Carlos Ponce

Feb. 28 at SC rally - He compared Dems criticism of his administrations's (sic)

response to coronavirus to their impeachment efforts, calling it to a new

HOAX. He likened the virus to the FLU.

And the Democrat criticism is a new hoax and many at the time compared it to the flu - kills thousands, many more thousands recover from it.

Carlos Ponce

Mar. 6 at CDC tour - "Anybody who wants a test can get a test." And as promised, as soon as the governors can allot them properly, anybody who wants a test can get a test. Some people are not patient. Anyone with symptoms got it earlier.

Carlos Ponce

Loretta posts: "Mar. 10 to Rep. Senators- 'We're prepared and we're doing a great job with it. And it will go away. Just stay calm. It will go away.

Apr. 3 at briefing - 'I said it was going away - and it is going away.' "

And the number of hospitalizations is dwindling. It is going away.

Emile Pope

The person who says that they have absolute authority but zero responsibility is not someone deserving of either...

Carlos Ponce

"zero responsibility" Trump never said he had zero responsibility. He takes responsibility for his actions.

"God grant me the serenity

to accept the things I cannot change;

courage to change the things I can;

and wisdom to know the difference." - Reinhold Niebuhr

It seems Emile lacks the wisdom to know the difference.

Terriel Fox

This is the real facts. Just another right wing excuse for this sorry excuse for a human being (dumb Donnie) . Tired of excuses. Tired of autocrat wanna be trump. Washington Republican have forgotten their oaths to their offices and to their constituents. Let’s remind them. VOTE BLUE FOR DEMOCRACY VOTE BLUE FOR AMERICA VOTE BLUE!

Carlos Ponce

Trump will win in November. But vote for whomever you want.

Carlos Ponce

In Galveston County primaries, Trump out polled all Democrat candidates combined.

Statewide, Donald Trump out polled all Democrat candidates combined.

Don Schlessinger

So Terriel, you're saying you ARE an excuse for a human being? Doesn't sound like it.

Keith Gray

Terriel Fox you tell us to vote for blue, and yet look at what you offer. You want to throw rocks at Red... you better get out of that glass house.

Bailey Jones

When I read the headline, "News organizations are largely to blame for it all" I thought this would be a letter about the media fanning the flames of panic about coronavirus. Instead, it's just more insipid whining about another opinion critical of the president. All I have to say is, so what, and who cares? We have a free press - get used to it, snowflakes, it's what makes your country great.

Tony Janca

Great article Norman! In the past you and I have had our disagreements over the benefits of gaming to the island, but you did a fantastic job on this article - extremely well put!

Emile Pope

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/04/17/trump-tells-damnable-murderous-lie/

Carlos Ponce

Just another opinion piece from a Liberal Trump hater Dana Milbank....

Maybe if you can keep your social distance you can find a third grader to explain the difference between fact and opinion.

What did Dana find objectionable?

"The next day he called the WHO a 'tool of China' and floated the vile conspiracy theory that the WHO deliberately concealed the danger of the virus: 'There’s something going on' at the WHO 'that’s very bad,' and 'I have a feeling they knew exactly what was going on.' This is not merely a falsehood. This is a damnable and murderous lie."

The rest of the world has condemned China, Dana Milbank is entitled to his opinion but it's on;y an opinion not shared with anyone who knows what's going on.

"Bipartisan House resolution condemns Chinese government over handling of coronavirus response"

https://thehill.com/homenews/house/489253-bipartisan-resolution-condemns-chinas-handling-of-coronavirus-outbreak

The resolution is sponsored by Reps. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) and Seth Moulton (D-Mass.).

"Australian official condemns China"

https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/world/australian-official-condemns-china-world-health-organisation-after-wet-markets-re-open

Dlorah Berry

Great article! Thank you!

Emile Pope

Maybe the writer can explain why trump ignored his own advisers...

Carlos Ponce

"trump ignored his own advisers..." Emile made this up.

Dr Fauci says Trump did not ignore his advice nor that of other advisers.

“ 'The first and only time that Dr. [Deborah] Birx and I went in and formally made a recommendation to the president to actually have a shutdown in the sense of strong mitigation, we discussed it,' Fauci, 79, said. 'Obviously there would be concerns by some, and in fact, that might have some negative consequences. Nonetheless, the president listened to the recommendation.' ”

https://people.com/politics/dr-fauci-says-trump-listened-his-recommendations-not-being-forced-to-say/

" 'To [Trump's] credit, even though we disagree on some things, he listens,' Fauci said of the commander in chief. 'He goes his own way. He has his own style. But on substantive issues, he does listen to what I say.'

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/coronavirus-trump-fauci-interview-meme-listens-disagree-contradiction-white-house-task-force-press-briefings/

There is more than one advisor, Emile. Trump listens to each one and forms a consensus based on the information and what he can legally do.

Emile Pope

I gave you sourced to support my position. You give comments after the fact when donald is trying to cover himself. Listening but doing absolute nothing is what everyone is talking about. And you haven't proven any of my sources incorrect

Carlos Ponce

Your "source" was opinion, not fact. When you get a chance find a third grader and he or she will explain the difference between fact an opinion. Be certain to main social distancing.

Emile Pope

So the Times and WaPo was opinion? And as usual you stoop to insult when you can’t stand being wrong...

Carlos Ponce

A few quotes in Times and WAPO but largely the authors' (NYT - Eric Lipton, David E. Sanger, Maggie Habberman, Michael D. Shear, Mark Mazetti, Julian Barnes WAPO- Yasmeen Abutaleb, Josh Dawsey, Ellen Nakashima and Greg Miller ) Leftist anti-Trump opinion. No matter what Trump and members of the Task Force said they would twist it, mangle it to reflect their false narrative. Much like Emile does.

Emile Pope

Yawn...apparently tinfoil is still easy to acquire...

Carlos Ponce

You ought to know since you use it to make your chapeau.

Stuart Crouch

The article was deceptive, loyalist trash, not much unlike a lot the views expressed in these forums. The magical, mystical censorship policies of the powers that be will require me to leave it at that. [pirate]

Jarvis Buckley

Last word please...... Trump 2020 👍

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