The Many Stories of COVID-19
by Danielle Williams
Amidst all the conversations around COVID-19, re-opening the economy was not one until now.
On April 17th, President Donald Trump introduced new guidelines aiming to slowly re-open the economy and lift the safety restrictions that were upheld in early March.
On this same day five news stations published stories that covered the President’s phases to the protests taking place during this pandemic.
USA Today as well as a local new station, Click Orlando, decided to cover the topic head on.
The article mentions the phases Mr.Trump is hoping to take to successfully pull off this idea.
The key statement that this news station wanted to convey was the President’s main statement, “We are not opening all at once, but one careful step at a time,” President Trump said.
The two articles both have sources that opposed as well as support the President’s plans.
The USA Today ensured that they included a quote from one of the deans of the global business at The Fletcher School of Law, Bhaskar Chakravorti, that questions the President’s tactics.
Click Orlando took it a step further and included a conservative’s view that didn’t align completely with the presidents’.
Economist, Stephen Moore, made similar remarks on Fox News a few days prior to the article’s publishing.
“Too many economist and too many politician think somehow you are just going to flip a switch…and it’s going to turn right back on,” said Stephen Moore.
The foreign perspective that BBC News gave in their article of President Trump’s plans to re-open the economy seemed to be the only true unbiased account.
In the first section of the article there is a clip of President Trump saying, “They will be able to go, literally, tomorrow,” an idea that some countries agree with.
BBC used their article to report the progress of countries outside of North America regarding their lockdowns.
Mr. Trump’s briefing was posted on their website, but they also used Dr. Anthony Fauci as a source.
In the article, Dr. Fauci told the Associated Press that the President’s goal to re-open on May 1st is a bit optimistic.
This comes as no surprise as Dr. Fauci told the TODAY show, “As was predicted, this will only get worse before it gets better”.
Only one of these articles, USA Today, briefly mentioned the push back the government had been getting due to the lockdown.
The Yahoo News (Huffington Post) and CNBC had other plans.
Yahoo News took an alternative approach to the topic and covered the thoughts American people have on the President’s plan to re-open the economy.
According to a Pew nonpartisan survey, 81% of Democrats were worried that the restrictions will be lifted too soon while only 56% of Republicans shared those views.
These results came about before President Trump released his plan saying, “I think 29 states are in that ballgame…they will be able to reopen again soon”.
Early Childhood Professional, Yvonne Williams, is amongst those who believe that re-opening any of the states is premature.
“I understand the importance of reopening the businesses so people can return to work but I think in order for us to properly protect the public, I believe, that everyone should have the opportunity to be tested,” Yvonne Williams said.
While Yahoo News focused on the statistics, CNBC published on another pressing topic: the demand for state liberation.
The President took to Twitter to demand that certain states be freed from the pandemic-forced lockdown.
These tweets follow a group of protests that are demanding the liberation of Minnesota, Virginia and Michigan.
University of Illinois student, Courtney Williams, understands the protesters frustrations but feels that they as well as the president should focus on finding a safe solution instead of opening certain states.
“I don’t think it’s a very smart idea especially since there’s not a proper cure for COVID-19 at the moment,” said the U of I freshman.
One thing that all of these articles had in common is their push to get fresh news and to inform the public of updates that affects the world.
Many of the stories that are read about COVID-19 are the same, day in and out.
These news outlets found a way to stay on topic without repeating the same news daily.