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TV commentators on competing networks are urging television executives to decide to stop broadcasting Donald Trump’s full coronavirus briefings to the nation, because Trump is not necessarily truthful and he often treats them more like a form of entertainment.
“I’m not actually sure, if you want to be honest, that we should carry that live. I think we should run snippets. I think we should do it afterwards and get the pertinent points to the American people. He’s never, ever going to tell you the truth,” said CNN host Don Lemon.
Trump’s statements have been found to be often containing falsehoods and inaccuracies during his coronavirus briefings.
“Guess what he’s going to do? If you ask a question that is a legitimate question, and if he doesn’t like the question he’s going to say–whether you’re being mean or not, or whatever he wants to call it–he is going to say that is a mean, nasty question,” Lemon added. “Why? Because he wants his base to think the media’s being mean to him and they’re attacking him. It is all a plot. It is all orchestrated, and if you can’t see it, I don’t know what you’re looking at.
“So, you know, it’s obvious, it’s transparent to me. Those press briefings have become his new Apprentice,” Lemon said, referring to Trump’s former television reality series. “They’ve become his new rallies, and he treats the press and the media as if he’s talking to the people in his rallies. It’s the same thing. It’s no different. It’s just that the audience is not there.”
Meanwhile, over on competing network MSNBC, host Chris Hayes came to much the same conclusion during an interview with Sen Chris Murphy (D-Conn).
“Media go along with it because his press conference is, as always, are still entertaining in part because he is combative and in part because he does lie and you can catch him in the lies and hold him accountable but that doesn’t make for an effective public health response,” Murphy said.
“Yeah, that’s why he’s bragging about the ratings” of his briefings, Hayes replied. “Obviously above my pay grade. I don’t make the call.
“Take it or not but it seems crazy to me everyone is taking them when you have the My Pillow guy getting up there talking about reading the Bible,” Hayes said, referring to a White House event which featured My Pillow CEO, and fervent Trump supporter, Mike Lindell.
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