(USA Features) A growing number of news networks appear to be censoring daily coronavirus updates and briefings which feature President Donald Trump, though ratings indicate a large number of Americans are tuning in.
ABC, CBS, and NBC all covered Trump at the beginning of Monday’s briefing, which began about 6:10 p.m. ET. After 20 minutes, they switched to the network evening newscasts, never to return to Trump.
The president spoke until shortly after 8 p.m., The Epoch Times reported.
“If the White House wants to ask for time on the network, they should make an official request. Otherwise, we will make our own editorial decisions,” CNN commented on its decision.
Meanwhile, MSNBC, through a spokesperson, said that “we cut away because the information no longer appeared to be valuable to the important ongoing discussion around public health.”
The cutaways follow increased calls from come cable news opinion hosts like MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that networks should stop carrying the president live because he was not being truthful. Others suggested he was using the daily briefings as campaign props since he’s not conducting live events.
“All of us should stop broadcasting it, honestly,” Maddow said. “It’s going to cost lives.”
Nevertheless, the briefings are mostly popular with Americans, nearly tripling ratings for that time slot, the Times reported.
“Fox News, CNN, and MSNBC attracted 8.28 million viewers for Trump’s March 20 briefing, with nearly half of them watching Fox. The audience for those networks a year earlier was 2.82 million, according to ratings agency Nielsen,” the news site noted.