Opinion: The Washington Post is not a light in the darkness

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Editor’s note: The views and opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own, and do not represent the views of BUnow.

I probably haven’t ever been this stirred up for an article I’ve written. I’ve had it with the Washington Post.

Here is the link to the article that I’m basing my opinion piece on.

As the world and America grapple with the current threat of coronavirus (COVID-19), this newspaper can only sling mud at the president they openly despise for political capital.

Give. Me. A. Break.

Or rather, the country.

I’m tired of this bellyaching, people are dying and getting sick, and all this paper, with its slogan, “Democracy dies in Darkness” can do is play politics. The Babylon Bee has a good satirical article that illustrates this current absurdity. As I write this, this paper has several articles on the Trump administration’s current “failures” and “vices” in general and handling of the coronavirus.

“Governors are angry at Trump over coronavirus. That’s ominous.”
(There are a few more related articles that you can check out here and here.)
“On Fox News, suddenly a very different tune about the coronavirus”
“Justice Dept. abandons prosecution of Russian firm indicted in the Mueller election interference probe”
“Trump’s reckless decisions have led to an unnecessary Middle Eastern crisis”
“The U.S. government is failing catastrophically at its most basic function”

And this gem that really got my gears grinding:
“Never have GOP votes against impeachment seemed more shortsighted”

EXCUSE ME?

WaPo’s opinion piece basically argues that the administration’s handling of the epidemic is a good reason why the president should have been impeached.

The United States government, CDC, WHO, and several other organizations are doing their best to prevent the spread of coronavirus from infecting, and potentially even killing people, and WaPo has the audacity to bring up impeachment? And argue that this is a valid reason for impeachment? Despite the fact that not handling an unprecedented pandemic well does not constitute a high crime or misdemeanor.

Now is not the time to be throwing stones. Everyone should be focused on keeping everyone safe. No one should be worried about whether the donkey or elephant is doing a better job. This crisis demands everyone’s best efforts to help prevent the virus from spreading.

This goes beyond politics. At the end of the day, we are Americans. Human beings. This is life and death. Who cares about what political party you are a part of when you’re sick or dying?

Here in Pennsylvania, I’ve seen our state government officials and local media put politics aside to focus on this virus. State lawmakers had issues with Governor Wolf’s budget and some policies before the outbreak hit home, but now all hands are on deck as they support and help him execute plans to protect the citizens of Pa. Everyone is working together to try to help people to the best of their ability. If anyone is a visible enemy, it’s price gougers taking advantage of supply shortages.

And then this writer plays the “This Republican was/would be better than the current president” card. He remarks that a President Pence would be nice right about now. Oh please, this is the same paper that has had nothing good to say about him as a person and or as leader of the Coronavirus Task Force. Here, here and here are just a few examples. They have published article after article about how inept and deceitful of a human being he supposedly is in the past few years.

This certainly doesn’t help any argument they would ever make that they aren’t politicizing this pandemic. If I wasn’t too predisposed to the idea that the coronavirus is being blown out of proportion to sway the 2020 election, this article certainly doesn’t help dismantle the notion.

This article and paper is an absolute disgrace, but I really shouldn’t be surprised by now. After all, this is the same paper that called the former leader of ISIS an austere religious scholar only a few months ago and is currently being sued by student Nicholas Sandmann the Trump campaign for libel. It’s yellow journalism, plain and simple. It doesn’t know up from down and right from wrong.

The best thing everyone can do is turn down noise like this and do something productive to slow the spread of COVID-19. No complaining necessary. Let’s just get through this first. We can argue about all the politics later. It’s not like it’s not going to be there after we’ve dealt with this pandemic.

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