As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, journalists and media hosts across the world are struggling to find news topics unrelated to the virus. While media executives have acknowledged that the pandemic drives high ratings and readership, it has discouraged reporters and writers on the frontlines.
The predicament has presented many reporters with existential questions as to how they operate in their professional lives. “I’m used to reporting on a wide variety of topics,” said CNN’s Don Lemon. “It’s exhausting. What I really want to report on right now is the presidential election. It’s only months away!”
TrollWire’s Andy Coop has traveled the northeast and interviewed prominent media hosts, asking them how they are dealing with the situation. Here are a couple of the responses:
- “On Thursday, I was ecstatic when the Dow Jones Industrial Average plummeted 1,000 points, because I was able to devote most of my show to the economy. Then I realized the crash was directly related to the coronavirus.” – Lou Dobbs – Fox Business
- “I saw in my show notes for Wednesday that I was going to do a virtual town hall with Joe Biden about the presidential campaign. Then I looked at the questions I’d be asking the former vice president… All related to Trump’s response to the coronavirus.” – Wolf Blitzer – CNN
In related news, coronavirus cases in the United States have exceeded 100,000.