Echoing MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, who expressed similar sentiments, Wapo journalist Margaret Sullivan has called on the media to stop live broadcasting Trump’s coronavirus briefings that she calls “dangerous.”
The media must stop live-broadcasting Trump’s dangerous, destructive coronavirus briefings. My column https://t.co/nIs5L051zq
— Margaret Sullivan (@Sulliview) March 21, 2020
Fox News reports Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan is calling on networks to stop airing President Trump’s “dangerous, destructive” coronavirus press briefings.
“More and more each day, President Trump is using his daily briefings as a substitute for the campaign rallies that have been forced into extinction by the spread of the novel coronavirus,” Sullivan began her column on Saturday. “These White House sessions — ostensibly meant to give the public critical and truthful information about this frightening crisis — are in fact working against that end.”
Sullivan listed Trump’s “self-aggrandizement,” “media-bashing” and “exaggeration and outright lies” as things she insists Americans are getting from the White House briefings instead of the “life-or-death information” they need.
“Trump is doing harm and spreading misinformation while working for his own partisan political benefit — a naked attempt to portray himself as a wartime president bravely leading the nation through a tumultuous time, the FDR of the 21st century,” Sullivan wrote. “The press — if it defines its purpose as getting truthful, useful, non-harmful information to the public, as opposed to merely juicing its own ratings and profits — must recognize what is happening and adjust accordingly.”
Per TCO, During a recent segment of her MSNBC show, Rachel Maddow argued Trump’s coronavirus briefings should be kept off TV.
There is a clear pattern here in this crisis of the president promising stuff that he knows America would love to hear but it’s not true.
And even stuff that he’s saying that he will do that the federal government will do, he’s not doing.
I feel like we should innoculate ourselves against the harmful impact of these ongoing false promises and false statements by the president by recognizing that when he is talking about the coronavirus epidemic, more often than not, he is lying.
Even when he’s talking about what he has done or what he will do, he is consistently lying and giving you happy talk that is stuff that the federal government isn’t actually doing. And it’s making people around the country count on the fact that the federal government is doing that stuff when they’re not.
Maddow: 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. pic.twitter.com/tMvyrE3YTK
— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) March 21, 2020