Stop airing Trump’s phony briefings live!

For over a month now, the White House has been holding its daily coronavirus briefings, and most networks, cable news channels and major news websites have been carrying all or parts of them live, as millions of people, trapped inside and anxious, have tuned in.

The briefings are marked by Trump’s own misinformation, deceptions, rage, blaming and boasting. He takes no responsibility at all for his abysmal handling of the crisis, while each day he seems to find another person to blame…

Under no circumstance should these briefings be carried live. Doing so is a mistake bordering on journalistic malpractice. Everything a president does or says should be documented but airing all of it, unfiltered, is lazy and irresponsible.

As the veteran anchor Ted Koppel told The New York Times last month, “Training a camera on a live event, and just letting it play out, is technology, not journalism; journalism requires editing and context.” He continued, “The question, clearly, is whether his status as president of the United States obliges us to broadcast his every briefing live.” His answer was “no.”

Yes. I understand how “TV journalism” reached – and crossed – the boundaries of reflective, edited journalism. For anyone who cares about truth and accuracy, scientific fact over superstition and fabrication, the Fake President’s campaign rallies masquerading as press briefings are a criminal farce.

2 thoughts on “Stop airing Trump’s phony briefings live!

  1. Commentator says:

    🔺”White House doing damage control after Trump’s comments about injecting disinfectant” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyzcedhc41k
    🔺”President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter Saturday that the daily coronavirus briefings were “not worth the time & effort” after his remarks on injecting disinfectant drew criticism earlier this week.
    During his absence at yesterday’s White House coronavirus press conference, the commander-in-chief posted two tweets attacking the media for asking “hostile questions” at the daily briefings and spreading “fake news.”” https://www.newsweek.com/trump-coronavirus-briefings-1500256
    🔺”Trump goes into hiding” https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/25/media/trump-goes-into-hiding-reliable-sources/index.html
    🔺”A White House official ordered a CNN reporter to give up her front-row seat and move to the back of the press room before President Trump’s briefing on Friday, in what appears to be another attempt by Trump to punish a network he calls “fake news.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/media/the-white-house-tried-to-move-a-reporter-to-the-back-of-the-press-room-but-she-refused-then-trump-walked-out/2020/04/25/a5d16cc6-8714-11ea-ae26-989cfce1c7c7_story.html
    The reporter, CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins, refused to move, as did a second reporter whose seat in the rear of the room she was ordered to take. The official then suggested the matter would be resolved by the Secret Service, though no action was taken, according to several people involved in the episode.
    Network reporters, including those from CNN, have assigned seats at the front of the briefing room, under a plan managed by the White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) and agreed to by White House officials last month. The agreement reduced the number of reporters in the briefing room to meet social distancing requirements.”

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