Remember the outrage during the early days of the pandemic when Trump banned travel from China?
Specifically, remember how Joe Biden said it was Xenophobic?
Well, with a massive surge now hitting India, Biden has put a travel ban in place, but the media is either not reporting it or putting a much friendlier spin on it.
Currently, India is setting all kinds of records for daily positive cases as well as deaths.
This weekend a report broke that there were almost 400,000 positive cases in a single day, with some outlets saying those estimates may have been undercutting the true numbers.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed that the United States would be restricting travel from India, stating, “The administration will restrict travel from India starting immediately.
“The policy will be implemented in light of extraordinarily high COVID-19 caseloads and multiple variants circulating in India.”
The ban goes into effect on May 4.
When it became clear that the virus was coming from China, Trump issued an immediate ban on travel.
He later restricted travel from Europe as well.
Both moves were met with criticism from Joe Biden.
He called the China travel ban Xenophobic and this was another tweet he had sent out regarding Europe…
A wall will not stop the coronavirus.
Banning all travel from Europe — or any other part of the world — will not stop it.
This disease could impact every nation and any person on the planet — and we need a plan to combat it.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) March 13, 2020
What is even more frustrating than Biden putting the ban in place is the coverage by the mainstream media.
For instance, CNN sugarcoats with the headline, “Biden administration to restrict travel from India starting Tuesday.”
This is all about wordplay, as the word “ban” was regularly used when Trump made this move, but Biden gets a much less offensive “restrict travel” tag on his travel ban.
Instead of putting Biden on the spot regarding the comment, CNN instead did a puff piece regarding the aid the United States is going to send to India to help the country fight through this surge.
So, yet again, we have the media operating as though it is an extension of the White House, which equates to state-run media.
And, to be clear, restricting travel is clearly the right move, but we just want to know why the media pushed two completely different narratives and why Biden banning travel is okay when it was Xenophobic when Trump did it.