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Trump Slammed for Golfing Amid Pandemic

Media outlets cover the outing based on their political stripe
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted May 23, 2020 3:30 PM CDT

(Newser) – President Trump hit the links Saturday at his Trump National golf club in Northern Virginia, wearing a polo shirt and white ball cap but no mask. The real story, however, may be how media outlets are covering it. USA Today steers a middle course, saying the president is "projecting normalcy" amid the coronavirus pandemic "as much of the nation remained indoors under stay-at-home orders." The outlet also notes that golf courses in Virginia are open despite Gov. Ralph Northam's lockdown orders. But Trump's outing appears to be a political Rorschach test for other websites and newspapers:

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  • Rolling Stone: "Trump golfs while more Americans die."
  • Daily Beast: "Trump golfs as coronavirus death count nears 100,000."
  • The Guardian: "Trump tees up controversy as he plays golf in a pandemic."
  • Newsweek: "Trump heads to golf outing for first time in months as he urges reopening."
  • CNN: "Trump golfs at his Virginia club amid the coronavirus pandemic."
  • Fox News: "Returning to a new normal: Trump spends Saturday at his Virginia golf course."
  • Washington Examiner: "'None of the men are wearing masks': CNN tracks down Trump at golf course."
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