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#1 User is offline   MTP Reggie 

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Posted 24 March 2020 - 01:19 PM

The media must stop live-broadcasting Trump's dangerous, destructive coronavirus briefings
By Margaret Sullivan, Media columnist
March 21, 2020 at 11:36 a.m. CDT
Washington Post

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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.

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.

Rather, they have become a daily stage for Trump to play his greatest hits to captive audience members. They come in search of life-or-death information, but here's what they get from him instead:

● Self-aggrandizement. When asked how he would grade his response to the crisis, the president said, "I'd rate it a 10." Absurd on its face, of course, but effective enough as blatant propaganda

● Media-bashing. When NBC News's Peter Alexander lobbed him a softball question in Friday's briefing — "What do you say to Americans who are scared?" — Trump went on a bizarre attack. "I say, you're a terrible reporter," the president said, launching into one of his trademark "fake news" rants bashing Alexander's employer. (Meanwhile, he has also found time during these news briefings to lavish praise on sycophantic pro-Trump media like One America News Network, whose staffer — I can't call her a reporter — invited him to justify his xenophobic talk of a "Chinese virus" by asking rhetorically if he considers the phrase "Chinese food" racist.)

● Exaggeration and outright lies. Trump has claimed that there are plenty of tests available (there aren't); that Google is "very quickly" rolling out a nationwide website to help manage coronavirus treatment (the tech giant was blindsided by the premature claim); that the drug chloroquine, approved to treat malaria, is a promising cure for the virus and "we're going to be able to make that drug available almost immediately." (It hasn't been approved for this use, and there is not yet enough evidence to demonstrate its effectiveness in fighting the virus.)

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.

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. (And that, granted, is a very big "if.")

Business as usual simply doesn't cut it. Minor accommodations, like fact-checking the president's statements afterward, don't go nearly far enough to counter the serious damage this man is doing to the public's well-being.

Should they cover the news that's produced in them? Of course. Thoroughly and relentlessly — with context and fact-checking built in to every step and at every stage.

"There is a very real possibility that in broadcasting these press conferences live or in quickly publishing and blasting out his words in mobile alerts, we are actively misinforming our audience," Alex Koppelman, managing editor of CNN Business, wrote in an email for the network's Reliable Sources newsletter.

Koppelman stopped short of overtly calling for the radical solution. That's not so for Jay Rosen, a journalism professor at New York University who wrote on his PressThink blog that the media needs to switch into "emergency mode"for covering Trump and clearly communicate that change to its readers and viewers.

"We are not obliged to assist him in misinforming the American public about the spread of the virus, and what is actually being done by his government," Rosen wrote.

Rather than covering Trump live, he recommended, among other things, that the media should "attend carefully to what he says" and subject it to verification before blasting it out to the public.

It's important to remember how much Trump's tune has changed on the coronavirus, from blithely dismissive to self-importantly serious.

This is what he was saying about the virus in public as recently as Feb. 27: "It's going to disappear. One day — it's like a miracle — it will disappear."

We know, without any doubt, that Trump was ignoring intelligence reports that warned about the likelihood of a pandemic at the same time he was cooing these baseless reassurances. But now he's claiming that he knew the problem was a pandemic long before others did, and that he took every step possible.

Will people remember the depths of his mendacity and hold him accountable?

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Posted 24 March 2020 - 01:23 PM

Trump's approval ratings on the virus are going up!!!!! Get him off the camera now! And get Joe Biden off too! Wait, given Old Creepy Joe's proclivities, maybe that's not the best way to say that.
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Posted 24 March 2020 - 01:50 PM

"Media Columnist" is an actual profession.?
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Posted 24 March 2020 - 01:53 PM

View PostHieronymous, on 24 March 2020 - 01:50 PM, said:

"Media Columnist" is an actual profession.?


It is if you have a degree in French Medieval Poetry.
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Posted 24 March 2020 - 01:56 PM

it is amazing that the "press", and I use that term loosely, still considers itself a neutral purveyor of facts to the public.
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Posted 24 March 2020 - 02:41 PM

I thought Joe Biden was going to do daily briefings as well. Why worry about Trump when you've got Joe Biden reading off a teleprompter?! :shrug:
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Posted 24 March 2020 - 03:05 PM

Funny I never saw an article with her name on it criticizing The One where he said I, I, I 100 times in a few minutes. However, she's wrong and has no basis of fact for any of her positions.

So lets see:

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Trump has claimed that there are plenty of tests available (there aren’t);

He directed the FDA to authorize and cut the red tape to make them available. This was the gist of his statement, at the time he directed the FDA to open the gates on testing soooo now you are seeing increased capacity. This is within a week of this so called "lie" so apparently the flash to bang is a bit off but its happening.

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that Google is “very quickly” rolling out a nationwide website to help manage coronavirus treatment (the tech giant was blindsided by the premature claim);


They rolled out a California website and will increase that. Apparently Google CEO made a promise and DJT called him on that promise giving him some good PR but instead the leadership of the group chose to undermine the POTUS.

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that the drug chloroquine, approved to treat malaria, is a promising cure for the virus and “we’re going to be able to make that drug available almost immediately.” (It hasn’t been approved for this use, and there is not yet enough evidence to demonstrate its effectiveness in fighting the virus.)

It HAS been approved for this use, and almost immediately means NY is starting its trial on the stuff, and more will likely be used as it starts to show success. Again these people want to undermine everything this man has accomplished simply because HE accomplished it.

Has Joe Biden cured cancer yet?

So the option is to cure cancer magically apparently through sniffing children's hair or a promissory note to get other things done. So wake me when Joe cures cancer.

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Posted 24 March 2020 - 03:23 PM

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Trump is doing harm and spreading misinformation while working for his own partisan political benefit


Wow, has she not seen Nancy Pelosi or Schmuck Schumer in action? Talk about a hypocritical piece of crap this sow is...

Especially given the damage and misinformation that the leftards and the media keep vomiting on an already unsettled country.

These people are pathetic.
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Posted 24 March 2020 - 04:10 PM

View PostHieronymous, on 24 March 2020 - 01:50 PM, said:

"Media Columnist" is an actual profession.?

Media pimp might be more accurate...
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Posted 24 March 2020 - 04:22 PM

View PostBookdoc, on 24 March 2020 - 04:10 PM, said:

Media pimp might be more accurate...


Well, both do sound better than village idiot...
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Posted 24 March 2020 - 04:23 PM

View PostMTP Reggie, on 24 March 2020 - 01:19 PM, said:

The media must stop live-broadcasting Trump's dangerous, destructive coronavirus briefings
By Margaret Sullivan, Media columnist
March 21, 2020 at 11:36 a.m. CDT
Washington Post


WaPo. A/k/A US Pravda. Says ALL that needs to be said.
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Posted 24 March 2020 - 05:46 PM

View PostTicked@TinselTown, on 24 March 2020 - 03:23 PM, said:

Wow, has she not seen Nancy Pelosi or Schmuck Schumer in action? Talk about a hypocritical piece of crap this sow is...

Especially given the damage and misinformation that the leftards and the media keep vomiting on an already unsettled country.

These people are pathetic.


She buys every word they spew out as if it were mana from heaven. Thus she cannot believe anything that's against them. She's another good useful idiot.
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Posted 24 March 2020 - 09:25 PM

Obama National Security Advisor Susan Rice Retweets Call to Remove Trump from Office “Now” Over Coronavirus

I wonder if she still thinks Benghazi was over a Youtube video...
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Posted 24 March 2020 - 09:39 PM

View PostJunto, on 24 March 2020 - 09:25 PM, said:


They spelled resignation as resignarion. Maybe that’s Italian for i suck.
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Posted 25 March 2020 - 04:46 AM

FOAD


that's about all I can muster in regards to this scatology
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