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For the second evening in a row on Thursday, ABC’s World News Tonight (and this time NBC Nightly News) seemed intent on whipping the public into a state of fear with suggestions the Trump administration wasn’t responding to the coronavirus (COVID-19) threat adequately. NBC News even tried to shake public coincidence in Vice President Mike Pence’s leadership of the COVID-19 task force assigned to deal with the threat.
ABC special correspondent Kyra Phillips began her report by scoffing at the idea that President Trump had anything to tout when it came to how his administration was handling things. “As stocks swan-dive and coronavirus fears grow, President Trump today praising his administration's response, now being led by Vice President Mike Pence,” she said.
In order to put out cohesive messages to the public that don’t rile up unneeded panic, Pence had reportedly directed all agencies involved to funnel their information through his office. Of course, Phillips thought it was the perfect time to hint that there was some sort of nefarious intention at the center of the decision.