Isn’t it the job of the mainstream media to keep the public informed? Well not if benefits President Trump. The leaders of the totalitarian mainstream media were depending on the Coronavirus to finally sink President Trump. Fortunately the opposite has occurred. Since the outbreak of the Coronavirus President Trump’s approval ratings have skyrocketed, and it’s driving anti-Trump bigots such as Jeff Zucker and Andy Lack crazy. As such, they will likely prevent their viewers from watching his press briefings, despite the huge ratings that they generate for their networks.
Mollie Hemingway writes:
When polls showed that President Donald Trump was receiving unusually high marks for his handling of the Coronavirus pandemic, the first stage of grief the media went through was denial:
The political media have been working extremely hard to craft a narrative that the spread of the coronavirus was essentially the fault of the man they had blamed for all other ills in recent years. How could the people not accept that narrative, particularly considering that most everyone in the media was pushing it?
Things got worse when additional polls showed Trump receiving high ratings at the same time that the media received poor ratings. A brand new Gallup study — “Coronavirus Response: Hospitals Rated Best, News Media Worst” — was particularly bad news. When Americans were asked about nine different institutions and political leaders, they gave majority approval to all but the media. President Trump has a 22-point net approval rating while the media’s net approval rating was negative 11 points. The RealClearPolitics approval average for Trump was its highest during his entire presidency.
In response, the media were angry and depressed and began blaming his press conferences. Their theory seemed to be that the more Americans saw Trump, unfiltered, they liked him and the more Americans saw the behavior of the media, they didn’t like it. This flies in the face of what many in the media assumed for years. They pushed for daily White House press conferences so that they could have the opportunity to be on camera and pressure the Trump administration. Now that they had daily press briefings with the president, no less, they weren’t happy. It was a weird response for a group of people whose ostensible job is to simply report the news of the day.
CNN, MSNBC May Stop Airing Trump Daily Press Briefings
By PJ Media, March 26, 2020:
They’re one of the most popular shows on cable news and some networks want to stop broadcasting them live.
They’re the White House press briefings by the president’s coronavirus task force. The president frequently makes an appearance at these briefings, which is what the networks are seething about.
After listing all of Trump’s sins committed during these briefings, Washington Post’s media critic Margaret Sullivan lowers the boom.
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.
Radical change is necessary: The cable networks and other news organizations that are taking the president’s briefings as live feeds should stop doing so.
Sullivan thinks that the briefings have become a platform for Trump’s “self-aggrandizement,” “media bashing,” and “exaggerations and outright lies.”
You mean a president running for re-election blows up his own role in the crisis and tries to make himself look good? That’s never been done before in history! Or, at least since Barack Obama took credit for killing bin Laden.
Is calling out the media for being hysterical and so besotted with Trump-hatred that the crisis itself gets shortchanged the same as “media bashing”?
And it may be true that Trump exaggerates, but “outright lies”? Saying stupid things is not the same as “lying.” Claiming an unproven drug is a possible cure for COVID-19 is not a lie — it’s just dumb. The reason it’s dumb is because some people are even dumber than Trump and will take too much of it, or a poisonous version of it. That’s why it’s clinically, scientifically tested in controlled circumstances.
Trump’s shocking irresponsibility in promoting an unproven “cure” is ignorant, but not a lie.
What CNN and MSNBC are worried about is that Trump is becoming hugely popular as a result of these briefings. Unpresidential though they might be, Trump has defied conventional wisdom, shrugged off the virulent, unbalanced criticism from the press, and has toned down his act enough to appear calm and confident. People don’t care so much what Trump says, they care how he says it. And the president, to his credit, has been very good at these briefings at exuding confidence and a take-charge persona.
So, after spending three years railing against Trump for not holding daily briefings, they now want him to shut up.
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