As we reported earlier today, President Donald Trump tweeted a helping hand to Charlie Gard, the infant who has literally been sentenced to death by the United Kingdom’s National Health Service.
If we can help little #CharlieGard, as per our friends in the U.K. and the Pope, we would be delighted to do so.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2017
The case of Charlie, who has mitochondrial depletion syndrome, is especially tragic, because the UK’s NHS isn’t refusing healthcare to him due to concerns about rationing resources. A massive fundraising campaign has raised over 1.3 million British pounds to get Charlie help by sending him to the U.S. for experimental treatments not available in the UK. Not only has the European Court of Human Rights ruled against all pleas from Charlie’s parents to intervene to save their son. Not only did they receive that tragic ruling, they were also prohibited from taking Charlie home from the hospital to die.
So how did a media obsessed with everything Donald Trump tweets report on him trying to save this kid’s life? Simple: they didn’t.As the Daily Caller reported, news of President Trump’s tweet in support of a brain-damaged baby sentenced to death by the United Kingdom was largely absent from the home page of establishment media sites early Monday.
Outlets including ABC, MSNBC, CNN, The New York Times and The Washington Post opted instead to feature continuing coverage of a day-old tweet from Trump Sunday morning that escalated his war with the media. These outlets, in particular CNN, have been providing wall to wall coverage of Trump’s recent tweets about the media, at the expense of other stories.
Trump’s Sunday tweet of a video of himself wrestling a person with a CNN logo edited onto his head in a WWE wrestling match was met with swift and determined outrage from members of the press, who labeled it bullying and a promotion of violence that endangers journalists. Many complained his tweets lack substance and steer the conversation away from serious issues.The president did take a break from his feud to weigh in on the life of a baby named Charlie Gard Monday, but much of the media seems to have suddenly lost interest in the Twitter feed that has dominated the news for a week.
Hours after Trump sent the tweet, the homepage of major outlets continued hyping the media war and the CNN tweet, while downplaying the breaking news of Trump’s comments about the baby.
“Trump tweets WWE video of himself body-slamming ‘CNN,’” read the story at the top of MSNBC’s site. That story was followed by another with the headline, “Trump’s battle with the media reaches new heights.”
Post a funny meme about wrestling, and the man gets endless coverage about how he’s supposedly “inciting violence against the media.”
Post a tweet to try to save a child’s life, and it gets ignored.
A study published back in May found that 93 percent of the mainstream media’s coverage of the Trump presidency was negative – and it’s clear there’s no sign of improvement yet.