Daily Debunker: Obama's Pandemic, Revisited

Featured on Snopes today: A prime example of pandemic "whataboutism," the truth about claims that President Trump labeled the coronavirus a "hoax," and more.

Published Mar 3, 2020

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Partisan criticism of the Trump administration’s handling of the new coronavirus outbreak has elicited pushback from pro-Trump media outlets such as PJ Media, which posted a “fact check” comparing it to former U.S. President Barack Obama’s handling of the swine flu (H1N1) outbreak in 2009.

Startlingly, the article claims that Obama neglected to declare a public health emergency until six months after swine flu was declared a pandemic, when millions were already infected and thousands had died.’s Dan Evon revisited the timeline of the H1N1 pandemic and found that quite the opposite was true.

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