Journalists shouldn’t censor Trump – they can help the public identify lies and ignorance

In times of mortal strife, humans crave information more than ever, and it’s journalists’ responsibility to deliver it. But what if that information is inaccurate, or could even kill people?

That’s the quandary journalists have found themselves in as they decide whether to cover President Donald J. Trump’s press briefings live…

When the president of the United States speaks, it matters – it is newsworthy, it’s history in the making. Relaying that event to the public as it plays out is critical for citizens, who can see and hear for themselves what their leader is saying, and evaluate the facts for themselves so that they may adequately self-govern.

That’s true even if leaders lie. Actually, it’s even more important when leaders lie.

And there’s nothing to stop you from pointing out the lies – especially in a live telecast.

5 thoughts on “Journalists shouldn’t censor Trump – they can help the public identify lies and ignorance

  1. Aux barricades! says:

    “More than 90,000 people have signed a petition calling on news broadcasters to stop providing live coverage of the White House’s briefings on the coronavirus outbreak.
    Accusing President Donald Trump of using each briefing as a “live campaign rally,” the petition, which has been published on MoveOn.org, asks CNN, ABC, CBS NBC, NPR and Fox News to consider whether it is necessary to livestream the COVID-19 press conferences in full.
    “President Trump is blatantly using the news organizations’ extensive, live coverage to freely campaign for a second term,” the petition claims. “It is wrong and dangerous to provide so much unfettered airtime to someone who is happily, shamelessly spreading terrible, damaging misinformation that is already costing fellow Americans their lives.” https://www.newsweek.com/nearly-100000-sign-petition-calling-end-live-coverage-trumps-coronavirus-briefings-1495195

    Petition (113,576 signatures as of 3/31/20 10 AM MST) : https://sign.moveon.org/petitions/ending-live-daily-coverage-of-trump-s-covid-19-briefings

  2. Puzzling Evidence says:

    President Donald Trump abruptly ended a Saturday news conference at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club, after a reporter challenged him on a lie about veterans health care he has told more than 150 times.” https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/08/politics/trump-veterans-choice-paula-reid/index.html
    “Why do you keep saying that you passed Veterans Choice?” CBS News White House correspondent Paula Reid asked Trump at the Saturday news conference, during which Trump announced executive actions on coronavirus relief.
    As Trump tried to call on another reporter instead, Reid continued, “You said that you passed Veterans Choice. It was passed in 2014…it was a false statement, sir.”
    Trump paused, then responded: “OK. Thank you very much, everybody.” He then walked away as the song “YMCA” played.
    Trump had either never or almost never been challenged on the Veterans Choice claim before Reid did so.

    “YMCA” (Village People, 1978)

  3. David Maurer says:

    US President Donald Trump faced an uncomfortable question during a press conference at the White House yesterday. (see video) https://www.hindustantimes.com/videos/world-news/do-you-regret-your-lies-reporter-asks-donald-trump-watch-his-response/video-opsPB8UAgrH6hGqKYWpYZK.html
    SV Dáte had waited five long years to ask Donald Trump one question: “Mr President, after three and a half years [of Trump’s presidency], do you regret at all, all the lying you’ve done to the American people?”
    Confronted with Dáte’s question at Thursday’s White House briefing, Trump responded with a question of his own. “All the what?” he said.
    Dáte: “All the lying, all the dishonesties.”
    Trump: “That who has done?”
    “You have done,” said Dáte, who is the Huffington Post’s White House correspondent. “Tens of thousan–”, he began to say, before Trump cut him off and called on another journalist, who asked a question about payroll tax. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/aug/14/do-you-regret-all-your-lying-white-house-reporters-question-startles-trump
    In July, the Washington Post reported that Trump had told more than 20,000 “false or misleading claims” over the course of his presidency. https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/07/13/president-trump-has-made-more-than-20000-false-or-misleading-claims/

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