- CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, NBC News and CBS News were cut off by President Trump's protracted coronavirus briefing on Monday evening.
- During the briefing, Trump scrubbed at the idea of continuing the widespread order that people stay at home, which harms the economy, despite his own top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci had said that social distancing measures should be taken for several weeks. "
- CBS said in a statement to insiders that they "would continue to cover the briefings if possible" but may need to be cut away for evening programming. But MSNBC said to Insider, "We cut off because the information no longer seemed to be valuable to the important ongoing public health debate."
- Critics of the president called on networks to stop broadcasting the briefings in their entirety. "We should all honestly stop sending it," said Rachel Maddow of MSNBC on Friday. "It will cost lives."
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On Monday evening, most of the major TV channels, with the exception of Fox News, stopped President Donald Trump's daily coronavirus briefing.
Although in the briefings frequently changing administrative experts like the director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and General Surgeon Jerome Adams are present, have often allowed Trump to make inaccurate statements about the administration's response and undercut the horrific warnings of these professionals that Americans must stay home to prevent the virus from spreading.
Given that Trump contradicts experts, provides inaccurate medical information, and deals with lengthy diatribes against journalists, President's critics have begun to wonder how many networks they should broadcast – and whether sharing his words directly is actually a public benefit was.
Several networks separated from Trump's briefing on Monday evening
Monday night was Trump's coronavirus briefing with Vice President Mike Pence, Attorney General William Barr and Dr. Deborah Birx of the White House Coronavirus Task Force scheduled for 5:30 p.m. ET. The briefing started after 6 p.m.
Trump quickly undermined his health experts' warnings that Americans would have to stay at home for several weeks, and claimed that the stores would "open" soon.
Trump implied that the restrictions would continue "for a much shorter period of time than I heard the news report", although Fauci told the "TODAY Show" on Friday that the measures should be in place for "several" weeks. "
At some point Trump made Dr. Birx, the best health professional that day, part of the goal of attacking the media.
The major broadcast networks – ABC, CBS and NBC – have all cut off about 20 minutes from Trump's press conference on Monday night Associated Press reported. The CNN and MSNBC cable news networks followed after 7 p.m.
A spokesman for CBS News told Insider that the network "plans to continue reporting on briefings whenever possible, but for regularly scheduled news programs that many viewers rely on to provide objective reports and contexts on the day's developments." to deliver, may be cut off ".
He noted that the CBS News feed via the briefings was still available to affiliates and that they would include key headlines from the events in the evening news.
MSNBC, on the other hand, "cut short because the information no longer seemed to be valuable for the important ongoing public health discussion," a network spokesman told Insider.
On Twitter, White House spokesman Judd Deere said the networks' decision was "shameful" and thanked Fox News for the broadcast.
– Judd Deere (@ JuddPDeere45) March 23, 2020
"If the White House wants to ask for time on the network, it should make an official request, otherwise we will make our own editorial decisions," said a CNN spokesman said in a statement by the network's media reporter, Oliver Darcy.
Critics of Trump's briefings say it's time to stop broadcasting
Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan said on Tuesday, "The media must stop broadcasting Trump's dangerous, destructive corona virus briefings live."
"These White House meetings – supposedly intended to provide the public with critical and truthful information about this frightening crisis – are actually working against this goal." Sullivan wrote.
James Fallows, a longtime journalist for The Atlantic, also tweeted that "cable exits should stop broadcasting them live".
– James Fallows (@JamesFallows) March 19, 2020
"If it were up to me and not, I would stop broadcasting these briefings on live television," said Rachel Maddow, MSNBC presenter said on Friday. "Not out of defiance, but because it's misinformation. If the president says something truthful at the end, you can let it go as a band."
"We should all honestly stop sending it," said Maddow. "It will cost lives."
A man died in Arizona on Monday and his wife was hospitalized for taking chloroquine phosphate after Trump repeatedly used his pulpit to announce chloroquine as a possible treatment for COVID-19 due to objections from his own officials for whom the drug has not yet been approved this use had been.
"We saw Trump on TV – every channel – and all of his friends and that was certain," the woman said said NBC News & # 39; Vaughn Hillyard. "Trump kept saying it was basically a cure."
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