Newt Gingrich blamed the media for the public's initial skepticism of the threat posed by the coronavirus outbreak.
The virus has been spreading in China for months and was widely expected to reach the U.S., but the federal government and the public seemed largely unconcerned until last week -- and Gingrich blamed the media.
"A reporter asked me today why conservatives were initially so skeptical of the threat of the coronavirus," Gingrich tweeted. "I tried to explain that one of the dangerous consequences of having a totally dishonest left wing news media was that most Americans discounted their hysteria as phony."
A reporter asked me today why conservatives were initially so skeptical of the threat of the coronavirus. I tried t… https://t.co/cLKPY7nJ1R— Newt Gingrich (@Newt Gingrich)1584380344.0
Gingrich overlooked comments by President Donald Trump -- who called COVID-19 a "hoax" -- and Republican lawmakers, who were urging Americans to dine out over the weekend, and conservative media figures who questioned the danger posed by the virus.
@newtgingrich Americans are getting so sick that you might show up to the hospital to divorce them any second— Mass for Shut-ins (Podcast) (@Mass for Shut-ins (Podcast))1584381245.0
@newtgingrich Pathetic. And hey, the media was right about the virus. Maybe it's right about Trump too, huh.— Michael Marshall Smith (@Michael Marshall Smith)1584380578.0
@newtgingrich This would be a good time to reflect on your role in undermining public trust in our institutions. https://t.co/0UrXSIyvGY— Don Moynihan (@Don Moynihan)1584381259.0
@newtgingrich Wow, you're projecting more than a multiplex. Of course, they're all empty now thanks to your party… https://t.co/AePU3mbKAx— ZZTodd, BA in Antifa Studies ☣ (@ZZTodd, BA in Antifa Studies ☣)1584380396.0
@newtgingrich I'm a conservative high school calculus teacher. We saw the math of the numbers, especially from Ita… https://t.co/9JWzWLP1gT— boo (@boo)1584380513.0
@newtgingrich Many right-wing media sources spread disinformation about the virus, and some of my relatives cited t… https://t.co/1DgconrBiG— Renato Mariotti (@Renato Mariotti)1584381768.0
@newtgingrich “We attacked the media for reporting on us fairly so by the time it became important to listen to the… https://t.co/pAyDUq0dPB— tramp. ☃️ (@tramp. ☃️)1584380647.0
@newtgingrich Um, no, they were telling the truth. The people who were skeptical were Fox watchers who were being t… https://t.co/whUUG4DEIZ— Tink53 (@Tink53)1584381644.0
@newtgingrich And as it turns out, the msm was right again. Ya'll living in a fox-news-bubble are in a constant st… https://t.co/14FXgvVwaG— Person Woman Man Camera TB!!! (@Person Woman Man Camera TB!!!)1584380767.0
@newtgingrich The party of "personal responsibility" once again trying to blame someone else.— Moondog (@Moondog)1584380475.0
@newtgingrich This is the most dishonest and stupid thing I’ve read today, and I expect it will remain so for the r… https://t.co/Zm9l1qlWl9— Is He Gone Yet? (@Is He Gone Yet?)1584380742.0
@newtgingrich Actually, it's that trump has lied his whole life and the media has proof. You were all conned by a con man.— Katy Alexander (@Katy Alexander)1584380847.0
@newtgingrich Or in other words, nihilistic cynicism from political leaders leads to unnecessary skepticism about l… https://t.co/QJ21rR6HPt— Mark R. Yzaguirre (@Mark R. Yzaguirre)1584380923.0
@newtgingrich Right, has nothing to do with people like Rush Limbaugh telling his listeners this is basically a col… https://t.co/1OMrd9N3y2— Mike Dakota (@Mike Dakota)1584380631.0
@newtgingrich That is why a Trump called the threat a hoax for months?? Because Trump is a common conservative idio… https://t.co/sXFoFk88Ad— nancy cronvich (@nancy cronvich)1584381441.0
@newtgingrich Ailes stated "Fox news will be fair and balanced, wink wink" Yea sure Newt. Go cheat on a wife.— Diane Dinnigan (@Diane Dinnigan)1584381312.0
@newtgingrich I liked it better when you were shunned from polite society.— Bill Hoover (@Bill Hoover)1584380624.0