The rule of thumb for the media is Trump + Event = Scandal
Thus far the media has managed to turn the most innocuous elements of White House life, from the Rose Garden to holiday decorations into scandals. After President Trump’s coronavirus diagnosis, the pattern has held with the media working hard to turn every element of it into a scandal and a conspiracy theory, mining everything for angles it could spin off into hot takes.
After repeatedly suggesting that President Trump’s illness was worse it seemed (and that there was a cover-up), the media responded hysterically to his drive. The inevitable torrent of claims that he was breaking quarantine, endangering his protective detail, and destroying everything in existence soon followed.
It ought to go without saying that the rules are different for POTUS. Unlike say a CNN anchor whose last name was Cuomo, who flagrantly violated quarantine.
Everything from national security to the economy depends on the perception that POTUS is in charge. President Trump’s drive was the equivalent of President Reagan waving from the hospital window after being shot. It was a message to the public and to the world that he was going to be okay and that he was in charge.
It’s an important message.
In an era when video messages and photos can be suspect, (lefty Twitter is full of claims that President Trump’s photos and videos were pre-recorded), the drive was an important tool for reassuring Americans, and telling them and the world not to believe the lies and conspiracy theories that the media was spinning.
And it wouldn’t have been truly needed if the media hadn’t feverishly been casting doubt on whether President Trump was in charge, only for the media to declare that POTUS disproving their conspiracy theories was dangerous and irresponsible.
No. It’s the media’s conspiracy theories that are dangerous and irresponsible.