Remember fireside chats? Originally implemented by President Franklin Roosevelt between 1933 until his death in 1944, fireside chats were a series of radio addresses designed to comfort and inform struggling Americans during the Great Depression and World War II.
In 1982, President Ronald Reagan continued the legacy with regular broadcasts on Saturdays, and President Trump has done the same by addressing the country nearly every day amid the global outbreak of the coronavirus.
But now the liberal mainstream media might implement this insane thing over his White House daily briefings.
To say that the liberal mainstream media has been unfairly reporting on President Trump during the coronavirus pandemic would be a massive understatement.
President Trump rightfully criticized the media last week saying, “It is fake news. It’s more than fake news. It’s corrupt news. They write stories without calling anybody.”
And we know it’s true – how many times have you read an article or watched the news and they say “according to anonymous sources”? Hearing those words is enough to make your eyes roll so hard you’ll break your neck.
These so-called “journalists,” particularly the White House press corps, claim President Trump is volatile and mean, but then prod and needle him beyond the point of agitation instead of doing the job they claim to be doing.
If the media treated you that way, you’d become agitated too.
Members of the White House press corps have also claimed that there’s “chaos” all throughout Trump’s administration.
They claimed it again just last week, to which Trump responded, “I have no chaos. I am the one telling people to be calm. We have unbelievable professionals.”
But now the networks airing President Trump’s daily briefings – which are meant to calm and strengthen Americans – are considering no longer covering them because they could “get people killed.”
A little less hyperbolically, The Atlantic’s James Fallows called the press conferences “virtual campaign” rallies for the “attention-starved” Donald Trump.
Fallows shallowly argued, “Also, as a practical matter, if the briefings were no longer covered live, Trump would lose interest in attending himself. Then the scientists could come back on stage—and eventually they could be covered live again.”
Fallows added, “From Trump’s point of view, it makes sense to turn these events into the unfiltered airtime he used to count on at mass rallies. From the media’s point of view, it made sense to cover the first few of them live. But given the rising falsehood quotient in what Trump says, and his determination to cut off or divert questioners who try to ask about these falsehoods, cable networks should stop airing these as live spectacles and instead report, afterwards, with clips of things Trump and others said, and whether they were true.”
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow also made the same argument last Friday, accusing President Trump of being “wildly irresponsible” and “consistently lying.”
“If it were up to me, and it’s not, I would stop putting those briefings on live TV. Not out of spite but because it’s misinformation. If Trump is going to keep lying like he has been every day on stuff this important, we should, all of us, stop broadcasting it. Honestly, it’s going to cost lives,” Maddow claimed.
You’re right, thankfully, it isn’t up to you.
And Michael Cohen of the Boston Globe wrote, “the simple fact is that the president can’t be trusted to tell the truth. Period. In a crisis as grave as this one, allowing him to spread misinformation is an unacceptably risky move. Practically every time Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus pandemic he lies, exaggerates, offers false hope, and spreads misinformation. His statements are increasingly a menace to public safety. It’s time for cable news networks to stop giving him a platform for his untruths by refusing to provide live coverage of his press conferences.”
You already know what all these comments have in common – none of them back up their accusations. They just give broadand unspecific generalizations of Trump spreading “misinformation” and “untruths.”
The Nation, Daily Kos, and a slew of other liberal media outletsand “journalists” have also echoed blacking out Trump’s daily briefings.
But they’ll soon learn that millions of Americans care more about what President Trump thinks than whatever agenda they’re trying to spin.