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Some journalists call for networks to stop airing Trump coronavirus press conferences; ‘You’ll get people killed’

President Donald J. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence and members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, delivers his remarks at a coronavirus (COVID-19) update briefing Tuesday, March 17, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

(USA Features) A growing number of liberal journalists are calling on the television networks to stop carrying President Donald Trump’s live daily press conferences discussing the coronavirus because they claim he’s not being truthful.

In addition, one writer said the president is using them as campaign platforms and that if the networks stopped broadcasting, he would “lose interest” and not attend them.

“Also, as a practical matter, if the briefings were no longer covered live, Trump would lose interest in attending himself,” The Atlantic’s James Fallows argues. “Then the scientists could come back on stage—and eventually they could be covered live again.”

Fallows also claimed that the president “dropped his previous pooh-poohing of the virus threat” and “struck a somber” tone for just a day before going “back to the more accustomed tone of tweets and his rallies. In those settings he has had two constant themes: that he is so great, and that his critics are such cheating losers, each point usually based on information that was false.”




MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Friday evening criticized the president for being “wildly irresponsible” and “consistently lying” by telling “fairy tales” during the live briefings.

“If it were up to me, and it’s not, I would stop putting those briefings on live TV. Not out of spite but because it’s misinformation,” Maddow said. “If Trump is going to keep lying like he has been every day on stuff this important, we should, all of us, stop broadcasting it. Honestly, it’s going to cost lives.”

Boston Globe columnist Michael A. Cohen writes that “the simple fact is that the president can’t be trusted to tell the truth. Period. In a crisis as grave as this one, allowing him to spread misinformation is an unacceptably risky move.”

“Practically every time Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus pandemic he lies, exaggerates, offers false hope, and spreads misinformation. His statements are increasingly a menace to public safety. It’s time for cable news networks to stop giving him a platform for his untruths by refusing to provide live coverage of his press conferences,” Cohen claimed.


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