An increasingly common, if disheartening, aspect of the predominately liberal establishment media’s coverage of President Donald Trump is to frame everything he does or says in the most negative fashion possible.
It doesn’t matter whether the topic at hand is major or mundane, consequential or trivial — it will be reported in such a way as to make Trump and his administration look as bad and evil as can be.
CNN has arguably perfected the “art” of portraying everything done by Trump as being terrible, and its recent report on the U.S. Department of Agriculture temporarily suspending a survey on honeybee populations is just the latest ridiculous example.
The USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service announced on July 1 that it would not collect data for July ahead of the release of its annual Honey Bee Colonies Report. That study helps the USDA, beekeepers, environmentalists, farmers and others to keep track of the nation’s honeybee population — specifically growths and losses within that population — on a state-by-state basis.
The NSAA said in the statement, “The decision to suspend data collection was not made lightly but was necessary given available fiscal and program resources.”
The agency noted that the program had not been ended but was merely suspended temporarily for budgetary reasons.
To hear CNN report on the issue, however, one would think that Trump has declared all-out war against bees and is traveling nationwide destroying beehives, according to the Media Research Center’s NewsBusters.
CNN “New Day” co-host Alisyn Camerota began by noting starkly, “Honeybees are dying off at a faster rate than seen in a decade, yet the Trump Administration is cutting funds aimed at trying to save them.” She then turned things over to near-breathless correspondent Suzanne Malveaux for her prepared report on the subject, which can be seen here:
Honeybees are getting hit by the Trump administration, as the US Department of Agriculture suspended data collection for its annual Honey Bee Colonies report, a critical tool for understanding the plummeting honeybee population. https://t.co/Y1Sne0QIAB pic.twitter.com/1TUBGU6NZd
— CNN (@CNN) July 9, 2019
“The Administration is painting these cost-cutting measures as necessary to get the government working as a lean, efficient entity,” Malveaux said. “But farmers, scientists, environmentalists and now even beekeepers, they are ringing the alarms saying scaling back on this critical research they depend on is going to have a significant impact on all of us, starting with the bees.”
Malveaux’s report proceeded to paint a dark picture of the declining honeybee population and how the Obama-era program first begun in 2014 to track the bee population was the only hope of survival for the bees, but humankind, given the integral role they play as pollinators in the agricultural sector — and it’s all Trump’s fault for cutting funding.
The reporter also noted that the Trump administration in previous years had relaxed other Obama-era rules against the use of certain chemicals as pesticides suspected of having a detrimental impact on bees. In other words, Trump is striving to single-handedly destroy all bees and the environment.
Malveaux further pointed out how former first lady Michelle Obama had overseen the creation of the first beehive kept on White House grounds. The reported surprisingly noted that current second lady Karen Pence had picked up where Obama had left off by caring for the bees at the vice presidential residence.
“Scientists say the Trump Administration’s turn away from the bee crisis is just part of the Administration’s larger goal to cut or undermine federal research on food safety, farm productivity and climate change,” Malveaux concluded as she tossed it back to Camerota.
Camerota, with a noticeable bit of snark in her voice, said, “Very interesting to hear from the second lady, who also wants to help the bee population at the same time the administration is working at counter purposes to that.”
To be sure, bees play a vital role in our ecosystem in terms of pollination and perpetuation of crop growth, and the decline in their population is something worth monitoring.
That said, temporarily suspending a survey — not the whole program, just a survey — to preserve precious and limited governmental resources is not the end of the world, and it doesn’t signify some deadly Trumpageddon on the environment.
CNN’s over-the-top portrayal of Trump’s decision is simply absurd and rather desperate.
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