More media malpractice.
According to an AP article, networks are facing criticism for showing White House briefings on the Chinese Coronavirus.
It was a notable turning point in coverage of the president’s now-daily briefings. Networks had been starting to hear criticism of how much time they have been showing the president answering questions live, reminiscent of a similar debate in the past about showing Trump’s campaign rallies.
Still, there’s a difference between political rallies and a White House discussion of a national emergency.
MSNBC has taken a strong position because of it’s best rated opinion host:
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 network’s top star, Rachel Maddow, had said Friday night that television networks should no longer show Trump live. She cited examples of what she called false or misleading statements the president had made in past briefings, from general suggestions that the government had the virus under control to more specific discussions about drug treatments.
“All of us should stop broadcasting it, honestly,” she said. “It’s going to cost lives.”
Ironically, there was a question asked on Monday night’s briefing from a reporter asking for Trump’s commitment to having the Press Room remain open and the administration continue to take reporters questions. He didn’t give it, but it’s odd that the media wants to take advantage of the President’s time, but have decided that these national emergency briefings are going to kill people. In other words, it wants to control the narrative and the President’s approval numbers show he is having an impact that Democrats are determined to undermine.
Remember when the media called the President a racist for stopping travel from China? These people can’t be taken seriously when they stake positions that align to social justice.