Even before the opening bell on Monday morning, the Dow Jones Industrial Average was expected to take another hit as investors feared the economic impact of the coronavirus.
But according to Fox News personality Judge Jeanine Pirro, the mainstream media is adding fuel to the coronavirus fire — and she believes they have a political motive for doing so.
Pirro slams coronavirus coverage
“If you listen to the mainstream media, it’s time to buy the family burial plot, visit the cemetery where the dirt is definitely cleaner than your kitchen counter or your bathroom handles,” Pirro complained on her show Saturday night.
“So what’s the downside of their doomsday reporting? The downside is predictable. When people are scared, when people think it’s just a question of time before they start dropping like flies, they go into survival mode,” she insisted.
“They don’t spend money,” Pirro pointed out. “The economy suffers. They don’t invest. The market suffers. They talk about taking their children out of school. Education suffers. They talk about canceling March Madness, Coachella and local businesses suffer.”
Media’s questionable motivation
Pirro went on to suggest that the media establishment’s motivations in sounding the alarm on coronavirus have less to do with concern over public health and more to with the perceived potential to damage President Trump’s economic record.
“You want to focus on the Dow now? Where were you when the Dow, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq all repeatedly reached record highs under President Trump?” she demanded. “You weren’t interested then, were you?”
She continued: “Where were you when the Dow closed at a record high more than 100 times since Donald Trump’s election? Where were you when animal spirits were driving this country to new economic heights?”
Pirro also pointed to the strong economy that President Trump’s policies have enabled. “For your information,” she said, “our economy can sustain a 3,000-point drop because we are at record highs.”
In terms of keeping coronavirus in check, the former judge had some simple advice for her viewers: “Wash your damn hands, wash them and then wash them again.”
Late last month, President Trump appointed Vice President Mike Pence to lead a coronavirus task force to oversee coordination of the federal response, according to The New York Times.
“We hope it’s not going to be a major circumstance; it’ll be a smaller circumstance,” Trump said in a statement on Feb. 29. “But whatever the circumstance is, we’re prepared.”