CNN’s Brian Stelter has suggested airing President Trump’s coronavirus briefings on a delay to allow for “fact checking.”
Yahoo reports Stelter said he believes that viewers should still see the briefings even when Trump is spreading inaccurate information. He argues that networks can contend with the president’s “bogus information” if they put the briefings on a delay and fact-check them for viewers.
“Trump has broken the news system because he has found ways to go out there, get attention, say a lot of things that are untrue and confuse the public,” Stelter said. He added that he understands that the fact-checks he proposes might come across as adversarial, but that Trump’s falsehoods cannot go unquestioned.
“We just have to keep saying over and over again: We’re the advocate for the viewer, we’re not the advocate for the president or the Democrats … and we just want to get as close to the truth as possible every day while knowing we’re not always going to get it perfect.”
Stelter said he is pestered by “trolls” on social media who note that he and other journalists used to criticize the White House’s refusal to hold daily press briefings. But Stelter says that what he wants is “frequent and accurate briefings,” not ones full of “mis- and disinformation.”
“When there are falsehoods and ludicrous statements made at briefings,” Stelter said, “we’ve got to call that out.”