Coronavirus

No, It's Not Dangerous To Air Trump's Coronavirus Briefings

What's dangerous is not trusting people with the truth.

|

For the past week, President Donald Trump has held daily press briefings about COVID-19 and the government's response to the pandemic. After Trump's remarks, members of the media ask questions of the president, Vice President Mike Pence, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Deborah Birx, and other officials dealing with the coronavirus.

Because Trump sometimes uses the opportunity to engage in two of his favorite things—boasting and attacking the press—some journalists now believe it is irresponsible, even dangerous, for the media to carry live broadcasts of the briefings.

"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," writes Margaret Sullivan, The Washington Post's media columnist, in an item headlined "The media must stop live-broadcasting Trump's dangerous, destructive coronavirus briefings."

"Radical change is necessary," Sullivan continued. "The cable networks and other news organizations that are taking the president's briefings as live feeds should stop doing so." Sullivan's Post colleague Erik Wemple appears to agree.

It's true that Trump has spread misinformation about COVID-19—he was overconfident about chloroquine and azithromycin as potential cures, for instance. And his behavior toward some critics has been appalling. He lashed out at NBC's Peter Alexander because the reporter dared to ask whether the president's stated optimism was founded in fact. It was a perfectly reasonable question, and the president's response was childish.

These are good arguments for media members to scrutinize the briefings and to pen articles explaining what officials are getting wrong. They are not good arguments for cutting off the public's ability to directly hear from the president and his team. If Trump is providing "dangerous and destructive" information, as Sullivan claims, then the public has the right to know about it.

Many in the media simply do not like that Trump uses the briefings as a form of campaigning. Many, quite reasonably, also do not like being attacked for refusing to swallow Trump's false assurances that everything is going to be fine. But the solution is not to coddle the public via a form of aggressive information gatekeeping. Let the people see what the president is saying, and let the journalists, pundits, and experts correct him when appropriate.

NEXT: The Prison Coronavirus Disaster Everybody Warned About Is Unfolding in New York City

Editor's Note: We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Comments do not represent the views of Reason.com or Reason Foundation. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. Report abuses.

  1. Hey, the press is just trying to limit our ability to hear what the President is actually saying for the “greater good,” right? Because, of course, journalists are the only ones capable of separating the wheat from the chaff, right?

    1. Every month I am earning online more than $8650 by doing a very simply online job from my home. By doing this in my part time I was able to save enough to buy me a new car in just a few months. This is so freaking easy that everyone should try it… Start making some dollars online today by following instructions on this website… ══════HERE► w­­­w­­­w.W­­­­­O­­­­­R­­­­­K­­­­­S­­­­­4­­­8­­­.­­­c­­­o­­­m­­­

    2. If you want to hear what the president is saying all you have do is start your own news agency.

      1. if you want to hear what the president is saying, it’s live on youtube.
        https://www.youtube.com/user/whitehouse

  2. “And his behavior toward some critics has been appalling. He lashed out at NBC’s Peter Alexander because the reporter dared to ask whether the president’s stated optimism was founded in fact.”

    Trump shouldn’t have directly called Peter Alexander a terrible reporter, he should have said “Americans who are scared should stop listening to terrible reporters like Peter Alexander”

    The media starts shit and then has the gall to demand that Trump do or say something to fix it. The only good thing about this epidemic will be if more of them lose their jobs. And I’m not even talking about you Robby, but you should stop covering for them. They’re assholes.

    1. “NBC’s Peter Alexander because the reporter dared to ask whether the president’s stated optimism was founded in fact”

      Yea, because that’s not what he asked.
      Robby assumes most of his readers didn’t see the exchange for themselves.
      The reporter asked if it was wrong to give the public hope/optimism by talking about potential treatment.
      It was a ridiculous question, and Robby is a scumbag for pushing enemy propaganda

      1. Alexander: “What do you say to Americans who are scared?”

        Trump responds: “You are a terrible reporter.” Followed by several minutes of ranting.

        Trump has never exhibited leadership qualities, and it is becoming especially obvious now.

        One of these days you guys are gonna see Trump’s deformed dick peaking out from under his belly, just like the rest of us. Even conservatives have noticed Trump’s outrageous lying and total lack of forward planning: https://thebulwark.com/anatomy-of-a-viral-lie/

        1. The majority of Americans appear to disagree with you according to the latest polling on the President’s handling of the virus.

          1. He got a slight bump, but is still polling worse than Biden? Great accomplishment! The bar you guys set is touching the ground.

            1. No his handling of the crisis is much more than a slight bump. polls from two weeks ago were universally negative, everyone taken in the past week was around +8 positive according to RCP aggregation of polling. How Biden could be polled on his leadership is completely meaningless since he is in charge of nothing.

            2. I was talking about his polling of his handling of the virus, which would be a polling of his leadership during this “crisis”. Is reading comprehension difficult for you? Or do you just like to move the goal posts since you were the one who mentioned leadership? Wouldn’t the polling of his handling of this situation be a poll of his leadership skills?

              1. Well… it is neutral Jeff. You should have expected movement of goal posts.

            3. WHY ISN”T BIDEN 50 POINTS AHEAD?

              1. Why isn’t Biden 50 points ahead?

                Bigotry, belligerent ignorance, backwardness, superstition, can’t-keep-up backwaters, more bigotry, disaffectedness, resentment, . . .

                1. Die of Kung Flu you worthless hick cunt.

                2. …and those are Biden’s good points! Thanks for illuminating us.

                3. In other words, the Dem base.

                  I guess there just aren’t enough of them.

        2. “Is it possible that your impulse to put a positive spin on things may be giving Americans a false sense of hope by misrepresenting the preparedness right now?”
          “Look, it may work and it may not work….I feel good about it, that’s all it is, just a feeling.”
          “What do you say to Americans who are scared, though, I guess. Nearly 200 dead, 14,000 who are sick. Millions, as you witnessed, who are scared right now. What do you say to Americans who are watching you right now who are scared?”
          “I say that you’re a terrible reporter, that’s what I say. I think that’s a very nasty question and I think it’s a very bad signal that you’re putting out to the American people. The American people are looking for answers and they’re looking for hope. And you’re doing sensationalism, and the same with NBC and “Con-cast.” I don’t call it Comcast, I call it “Con-cast.” Let me just – for whom you work for. Let me just tell you something, that’s really bad reporting. And you ought to get back to reporting instead of sensationalism.”

          1. So. The man is a rude, arrogant New Yorker. Tell me something we didn’t know before we elected him.

            Just because the Bushes or Obama would have been polite and said “you are exaggerating”, doesn’t mean Trump is inherently evil for calling him a fearmonger. It doesn’t help that he’s right. Starting a panic is precisely the last thing that should be happening right now.

            Trump is no Roosevelt, but sometimes you need a fireside chat to keep people calm.

            1. And speaking of lying, it’s hard to match FDR; Trump’s a piker by comparison.

            2. Trump is a dick.
              Which, in Team America terminology, casts libertarians as pussies – while progressives/Ds are certainly assholes

        3. “Trump has never exhibited leadership qualities, and it is becoming especially obvious now.”

          Aw, do you miss your daddy?

        4. And you wonder why we all know you’re a dishonest liberal hack. Here is the full exchange.

          Alexander: Is it possible that your impulse to put a positive spin on things may be giving Americans a false sense of hope, and misrepresenting the preparedness right now —

          Trump: No, I don’t think so. I don’t think so. No, I don’t think so. I think —

          [Crosstalk]

          Alexander: The sale, not-yet-approved drug —

          Trump: Such a lovely question. Look. It may work, and it may not work. And I agree with the doctor, what he said. May work, may not work. I feel good about it. That’s all it is. It’s just a feeling, right, you know? I’m a smart guy. I feel good about it. And we’re gonna see — you’re gonna see soon enough. And we have certainly some very big samples of people, if you look at the people, a lot of people that are in big trouble. And this is not a drug that obviously, I think I can speak from a lot of experience, because it’s been out there for over twenty years. So it’s not a drug that you have a huge amount of danger with, it’s not like a brand new drug that’s just been created that may t have have an unbelievable, monumental effect, like kill you. We’re gonna know very soon. And I can tell you, the FDA is working very hard to get it out. Right now, in terms of malaria, if you want it, you can have a prescription. You get a prescription. And by the way — and it is very effective. It works. I have a feeling you may — and I am not being overly optimistic or pessimistic. I sure as hell think we ought to give it a try. I mean, there’s been been some interesting things happened, and some very good things. Let’s see what happens. We have nothing to lose. You know the expression, “What the hell do you have to lose?” Okay?

          Alexander: So what do you say — I’ll just follow up. So what do you say Americans who are scared, though? I guess — nearly 200 dead; 14,000 who are sick; millions, as you witnessed, who are scared right now, What do you say Americans who are watching you right now who are scared?

          Trump: I say that you are a terrible reporter. That’s what I say. Go ahead. I think it’s a very nasty question, and I think it’s a very bad signal that you are putting out to the American people. The American people are looking for answers, and they’re looking for hope, and you’re doing sensationalism. And the same with NBC and Concast. I don’t call it “Comcast,” I call it “Concast.” Let me just tell — [for] whom you work. Let me just tell you something. That’s really bad reporting. And you ought to get back to reporting instead of sensationalism. Let’s see if it works. It might, and it might not. I happen to feel good about it. But who knows? I have been right a lot. Let’s see what happens. John? — You ought to be ashamed of yourself.

          1. In addition, doctors use drugs approved for one thing to treat other things not yet approved all the ffing time. Is the reporter implying that any drug effective against ChiComWuhanvirus should wait for FDA approval before being used? That process takes years. OMG, this reporter is of seriously below-average intelligence, or is purposefully trying to make Trump look bad. He deserves tarring and feathering, Trump was too easy on him.

    2. Simple response: “MR. President, when you start doing your job I’ll be sure to do mine”

      1. How…………………
        pathetic.

      2. Jake Trapper tried that when he was called out for not fact checking AOC this weekend when she lies about Trump. Didn’t work out so well.

      3. Yes. You’re a simpleton.

      4. American Socialist
        March.23.2020 at 1:01 pm
        Simple response: “MR. President, when you start doing your job I’ll be sure to do mine”

        We’re have you been you cocksucker? American Socialist has been in hiding for 3.5 years after all the Hillary Pussy Eating he did during the 2016 election. Did you think nobody would notice the 3.5 year old stink of your shit filled Depends? Enjoy getting shit on again you sloped headed dumb fuck.

      5. “Simple response: Modus ponens”

        …And what else would a socialist be doing on a libertarian website aside from fifty-centing.

      6. Socialists are lazy. More proof…

  3. At some point, everything will be fine.

    1. Yes i agree, that’s why i always visit T4M Melbourne and I’m alway fine.

  4. Margaret Sullivan is a disgrace to her profession.

  5. Instead of watching the briefings, can the commentariat recommend any binge-worthy shows that have a libertarianish perspective?

    1. The Golden Girls?

      *** ducks ***

    2. try The Expanse

      1. Seconded. We are all living on a spaceship right now.

        1. I’ve been meaning to start that. I’m not sure it’s wife friendly.

    3. I recommended in the morning roundup to check out Tiger King. Added embarrassment: the titular character ran for governor as a Libertarian.

    4. The Americans.

    5. 12 monkeys on scyfy

    6. I thought Bull had an interesting Libertarian perspective on a lot of the cases. It at least deals with the issues and includes libertarian arguments. It was refreshing on a lot of cases… especially check out the marijuana episode and the closing exchange between Bull and the Prosecutor.

    7. Babylon 5

  6. Biden can’t be put in front of a microphone right now, so they have to silence Trump instead.
    That’s what this is all about.

    1. Biden can’t be put in front of a microphone right now

      Why not? Are they worried he might say something stupid? That’s never stopped them before.

      1. Biden is totally nonfunctioning right now.

      2. They’re frantically working on GCI Biden now.

      3. It’s not the stupidity. It’s the blank staring at the camera for an extended period.

      4. It’s not the stupid statements. It’s the focal neurological deficits and intermittent fugue states.

  7. Let the people see what the president is saying, and let the journalists, pundits, and experts correct him when appropriate.

    But as you point out in Panic Attack, Robby, many consider what the president is saying to be traumatically violent. Don’t want people to be weakened and more susceptible to the virus.

  8. “The media must stop live-broadcasting Trump’s dangerous, destructive coronavirus briefings.”

    “That way we can just make shit up about what he said instead of letting people hear it straight from the horses mouth.”

    1. It never ceases to amaze me how the media is so pro-censorship of the president in the time of a national emergency. Really fucking insane they are bold enough to even suggest it.

  9. “Trump’s false assurances that everything is going to be fine. ”
    You don’t believe it will be? Robbie, then you’d better start learning to grow your own food, etc. because reason will be out of business if things don’t get “fine” within a reasonable amount of time. At some point, America has to re-open and damn the consequences.

  10. #WhereIsJoeBiden

    1. NYT Visualization: How The Chinese Government Enabled The Spread Of Coronavirus
      https://hotair.com/archives/allahpundit/2020/03/22/nyt-visualization-chinese-government-enabled-spread-coronavirus/

      1. How The Chinese Regime’s Silencing Of Whistleblowers Turned A Local Outbreak Into A Global Epidemic
        https://www.eviemagazine.com/post/how-the-chinese-regimes-silencing-of-whistleblowers-turned-a-local-outbreak/

        1. Report: China May Have Massively Underreported Coronavirus Deaths
          https://pjmedia.com/trending/report-china-may-have-massively-underreported-coronavirus-deaths/

    2. When did our vaunted intelligence services know about China’s situation and when did they tell U.S. officials? If they failed, like they have so many times before, then what good are they?

      1. The Dems entrenched in the bureaucracy are happy to tank the US to tank Trump. Plus, ChiCom payees everywhere (I’m just making that up, really guys. I’m totally not serious.).

  11. Perhaps the real solution is to live broadcast the briefings only, and eliminate the self-serving media hacks asking loaded questions.
    Yes. that’s right. I think American citizens are capable of listening to a briefing and figuring out for themselves what was said.

    1. Hahaha… yeah right. Do you see who is President?

      1. American idiot checking in, I see.

  12. It’s true that Trump has spread misinformation about COVID-19—he was overconfident about chloroquine and azithromycin as potential cures”

    Saying he has heard good things about something and asking the FDA to do its dam job and investigate is now misinformation and overconfident. Get a grip soave.

    BTW i added the “do its dam job ” because they are slow ass people that have only acted when Trump has had to put his foot down. is the CDC and FDA deep staters as well or just baurcratic monsters that would rather see people die than do not dot the I’s and cross the T’s on their paper work

    1. He’s told many more lies than that one. He covered up the beginning of this crisis, just like China did.

      https://thebulwark.com/anatomy-of-a-viral-lie/

      1. “…He covered up the beginning of this crisis, just like China did.”
        Bullshit.
        He reported to the best of his knowledge at that time.
        Asshole TDS victims like you would have screamed he was over-reacting if he did otherwise.
        Please see if you can get treated for your TDS; it’s tiresome reading your constant bullshit.

        1. Dol dod scream about racist trump when he started the travel bans. Dol is also ignorant that trump was one of 3 countries to do so despite the WHO saying at the time that it wasnt even human to human transmissible. DOL is a retarded liberal dumbass.

          1. He’s also a lying piece of shit.

      2. The Bull Work dot com.
        You are linking to The Bull Work dot com.
        Are you also a member of The Rick Wilson’s Harebrained Club for Men?

      3. It looks like was right about Chloroquine, Dr. William Grace from Lennox Hill Hospital in NY:
        “And when they get to a very difficult respiratory status, doctors are using hydroxychloroquine [an “analog” of chloroquine] with or without a drug called Zithromax or azithromycin. And that’s showing tremendous activity, and we have not had a death in our hospital. We have probably close to 100 patients and not had any deaths. But I’ve talked to my colleagues at other hospitals in New York, and they are using hydroxychloroquine although the supplies are running down. So any kind of supplements to those supplies would be much appreciated…. In the trenches, we’re all using it especially for desperately ill people…. We’re not using it on everybody, but we’re using it on those people who show major respiratory compromise…”

        So the Dr. Is racing about how well it’s working even though they are only using on the sickest patients, and Trump only ordered the FDA to make it available for compassionate off label use lay Thursday.

        More people are going to choke to death in this than will die of Covid-19.

      4. Quoting the Bullwank is like asking Chuck Schumer’s mom.

        A war-monger’s magazine full of empty suits like Kristol and Goldberg who gave up any sense of obligation to honest debate a long time ago, but waffle on in affected mid-Atlantic accents that sound like Frasier Crane’s gay uncle. Perpetually explaining the subtle parallels between George W. Bush and Seneca.

    2. The FDA does not need the president to pass it information, it has legions of scientists to do that. Also requests like that should be done in private. His statement caused a run on that medication causing shortages to those who actually need it.

      1. Telling the public that there is a potential cure out there is not a state secret and when you need the FDA to get off their ass using the bully pulpit is in his line of work and called for. Its not his fault a bunch of idiots went and bought products, those who did are the same idiots buying out all the TP

      2. Why do you say they need it if it isn’t any good?

      3. Well, Molly, can you please respond with the technique for causing a run on a prescription drug? Last I checked, they have to go through a medical professional to get a prescription.
        More detail please.
        Thanks.

        1. I walked down the Chloroquine aisle at Walmart today and the shelves were bare.

    3. Trump is not wrong to be optimistic about that treatment. I’ve seen studies that show full viral load clearance after 6 days of treatment.

  13. Hillary and Chinese Gov’t Reading From Same Script In Calling Trump Racist Over “Chinese Virus”
    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/03/hillary-and-chinese-govt-reading-from-same-script-in-calling-trump-racist-over-chinese-virus/

  14. What the media need to do is challenge Trump and not let him get away with naming calling to evade questions. Reporters should keep asking the question till it is answered. The President will learn to answer truthfully or he will stop showing up.

    1. Reporters should keep asking the question till it is answered.

      This is another situation in which something like “Watson” could be running in the background as a mediator. “You have not answered the question. You have two more attempts before this conference is cancelled.”

      / RoboCop

    2. Remember when President Trump attempted to delegitimize CNN by calling their oppositional stance “destructive” for the country, took questions from CNN correspondents less frequently than he did from those of other major networks in press briefings, and his administration excluded CNN reporters from interviews with top officials?

      Ha, ha, just kidding.
      That was Obama and Fox News. Can you believe that fascist nut?

    3. You mean a question like “are you spreading false hope?”

      Dumb questions frequently don’t even have a truthful answer.

      But they do let dumb people say “gotcha!” So good for you.

  15. Not dangerous. Just extremely entertaining to see what nonsense is going come out of his mouth. It’s blatantly obvious that The Donald is surrounded by yes people, afraid to speak truth to power.

  16. >>some journalists now believe

    oooh, the journalists!

    Clay Jenkins took control of Dallas County, Texas because two people died. May they r.i.p.

  17. Agreed. Anyone who doesn’t know by now that Trump is a dumbass is helpless anyway. The rest of us have truly tuned him out for the moron he is.

      1. Lol. You’re totally not exhibiting TDS. How quickly you retreat to your base instincts.

  18. Dear Leader isn’t looking too good these days. My bet is that he has the COVID pretty bad and is being held up by a cocktail of stimulants. My bet is he drops in 5 days or so. That’d be terrible!

    1. And if you’re wrong you’ll fuck right off?

  19. Question: Why is a Leninist Dictatorship of the Proletariat with all its inefficiencies so efficiently able to handle an outbreak of a communicable disease and the free market in the USA so unable to do the same thing that a bunch of Maoists are able to do? I thought freedom meant more than a bunch of old people choking to death. What gives?

    1. Bernie? Is that *you*?

    2. When you weld peoples doors shut, they tend to stay inside.

    3. Progressivism is a worse strain of the Wuhan virus that needs immediate attention.

      Everything they touch they destroy.

    4. Actually, there are two responses to that question. The first is, they are culling the Covid+ individuals and their families and either executing or gulaging them. Second, they are measuring electrical power consumption and using that as a measure of economic activity.

    5. Ok, this dude has to be a parody.

  20. Trump’s misinformation that he is saying is actively hurting people. For example, his comments about the medications caused a run on them and a shortage to those who actually need it. The media should tape the briefings, and air them an hour later after they fact checked and add appropriate commentary it so that they can provide the public with truthful information.

    1. Cuomo ordered use of chloroquine in NY hospitals. He must be a Trump toady.

      1. No he did not. He announced the start of clinical trials. It is not the job of governors or presidents to order medical methods.

        1. Trump didnt order methods either. He expressed optimism. Something you do not.

        2. These are prescription medications. Blame the doctors (or, more likely, nurse practitioners).

    2. That’s absurd. Chloroquine is being used planetwide to treat this disease. Whether it’s effective, ineffective, or just good at stopping secondary infections, people have been talking about it for weeks now, and hospitals have been using them for months. Yet, somehow we have to censor the president from saying the exact same thing?

      I’m sorry, but are you stupid or simply insane?

      1. “I’m sorry, but are you stupid or simply insane?”

        Yes.

    3. Maddow’s Marauders out in full force today.

      1. And it is all the commenters who swear they are neutral and not anti trump.

        1. I’d DOL says something, it’s more likely a lie than not.

    4. I think WaPo readers came here to spread their shit.

      1. You can actually smell the Vox on their breath.

  21. Chloroquine for the win! If the cure don’t work, you must twerk.

  22. Essentially started about a month and a 1/2 agone and i have gotten a couple of test for a whole of $2,200…this is the bestcall I made amidst pretty some time! “grateful to you for giving Maine this incredible possibility to profit from home. This similarly cash has changed my existence in such an excellent measure of courses, to the point that, bypass on you!”…….GOOD LUCK Click this Below connect W­w­w­.works48.­c­o­m²²

  23. I don’t think the problem with showing the press conferences is Trump’s “boasting” or attacking the press. The problem is his constant LYING. Believe it or not, there are people out there who believe this President is telling the truth and go out and engage in reckless behavior as a result. President Trump is putting people’s lives at risk. Are media outlets required to show that? I don’t think so. They can report on the press conference after the fact, reporting on what the experts said. They don’t need to report what the President said, and certainly not live.

    1. “I don’t think the problem with showing the press conferences is Trump’s “boasting” or attacking the press. The problem is his constant LYING.”

      I’m more concerned with the TDS epidemic, but I’m hoping it’s fatal.

    2. He’s got to be past 150 000 lies by now, right?

    3. Umm…to which reckless behavior are you referring? Going to the local bar and ordering a triple chloroquine shooter?

    4. “The problem is his (Trump’s) constant LYING”

      Steele dossier
      Don Jr. emails
      Trump’s a Russian spy
      Don Jr. emails collusion
      Kavanaugh ran a secret gang rape cartel
      Covington kids assaulted a vet
      Trump said neo-Nazis were “fine people”
      MAGA madmen lynched Smollet
      Trump told Cohen to lie to Congress
      A dead Iranian terrorist is Armageddon
      These lies — and yes, they were outright lies — were deliberately peddled by the media as truth.
      But you’re telling us Trump is the liar? For boosting a proven antiviral that shows promise here? Fuck off.

      1. Not ‘were’.

        ARE

  24. It was a perfectly reasonable question, and the president’s response was childish.

    In a vacuum, yes. But in the context of repeated “attacks” (don’t know what else to call them) over the entire administration (many of them probably deserved; many not) anyone is going to bristle at that question.

    1. It was a stupid question.
      On one hand he was wrong for being optimistic, and what would you say to people who are scared if not something optimistic?

      1. what would you say to people who are scared

        A good slap in the face should be sufficient for hysteria.

      2. I hate those types of questions anyway.

        It’s in the same category of ‘how did it feel to score a goal?’ and ‘Coach, you’re down 37-0 how do you feel and what do you tell your players?’

        Those sideline and in-between periods questions are useless.

        The press are on that level.

        They’re not a serious bunch. They’re out to pull out a narrative out of their asses.

  25. A “LIE” stamp would be handy for television news in this context.

    Every time the President lies, slap the “LIE” stamp across his face.

    Perhaps he might learn.

    1. Maybe we can do the same to you considering you’re a bigoted piece of shit who probably has stinky feet.

    2. You haven’t, no matter how many times you got your lying ass handed to you here.

    3. Do you view yourself as clever? Because this is a lame ass joke.

  26. “It was a perfectly reasonable question, and the president’s response was childish.”

    No it wasn’t if a) you watch the whole exchange and b) consider the atmosphere of how how the media is reporting on this. He was being a dick looking to trip the President up and then his ‘wha? Me?’ shtick was pathetic.

    I kinda liked how he finished him off. Fuck him.

    Talk about tone deaf, Robby.

    Hope you’re not reading Lijian Zhao’s propaganda Tweets. I worry you may fall into the useful idiot trap.

    1. The full exchange. Not sure why robbie was so good on the Covington kids but blind when someone talks back to his fellow reporters.

      Alexander: Is it possible that your impulse to put a positive spin on things may be giving Americans a false sense of hope, and misrepresenting the preparedness right now —

      Trump: No, I don’t think so. I don’t think so. No, I don’t think so. I think —

      [Crosstalk]

      Alexander: The sale, not-yet-approved drug —

      Trump: Such a lovely question. Look. It may work, and it may not work. And I agree with the doctor, what he said. May work, may not work. I feel good about it. That’s all it is. It’s just a feeling, right, you know? I’m a smart guy. I feel good about it. And we’re gonna see — you’re gonna see soon enough. And we have certainly some very big samples of people, if you look at the people, a lot of people that are in big trouble. And this is not a drug that obviously, I think I can speak from a lot of experience, because it’s been out there for over twenty years. So it’s not a drug that you have a huge amount of danger with, it’s not like a brand new drug that’s just been created that may t have have an unbelievable, monumental effect, like kill you. We’re gonna know very soon. And I can tell you, the FDA is working very hard to get it out. Right now, in terms of malaria, if you want it, you can have a prescription. You get a prescription. And by the way — and it is very effective. It works. I have a feeling you may — and I am not being overly optimistic or pessimistic. I sure as hell think we ought to give it a try. I mean, there’s been been some interesting things happened, and some very good things. Let’s see what happens. We have nothing to lose. You know the expression, “What the hell do you have to lose?” Okay?

      Alexander: So what do you say — I’ll just follow up. So what do you say Americans who are scared, though? I guess — nearly 200 dead; 14,000 who are sick; millions, as you witnessed, who are scared right now, What do you say Americans who are watching you right now who are scared?

      Trump: I say that you are a terrible reporter. That’s what I say. Go ahead. I think it’s a very nasty question, and I think it’s a very bad signal that you are putting out to the American people. The American people are looking for answers, and they’re looking for hope, and you’re doing sensationalism. And the same with NBC and Concast. I don’t call it “Comcast,” I call it “Concast.” Let me just tell — [for] whom you work. Let me just tell you something. That’s really bad reporting. And you ought to get back to reporting instead of sensationalism. Let’s see if it works. It might, and it might not. I happen to feel good about it. But who knows? I have been right a lot. Let’s see what happens. John? — You ought to be ashamed of yourself.

      1. I hate it when Robby pulls this cheap shit, because he’s one of the only people here who practices actual journalism and will do a proper investigation when the passion hits.

        I understand he wants to maintain access to cocktail parties and clique respectability. But, he’s making himself look dishonest. In the longer term integrity matters.

  27. They’re not a serious bunch. They’re out to pull out a narrative out of their asses.
    tyrone’s unblocked games

  28. China Virus you pussies. Or are you just following the dictates of the ChiComms?

    1. Pay me now virus.
      Wet market surprise virus.
      MSG virus.
      Winnie the flu.
      Kung fu flu.

      Take your pick.

      Piss a red commie and prog off.

      1. Cronyvirus (not mine, I saw it here last week somewhere).

        1. Kung flu is by far the best name

  29. “he was overconfident about chloroquine and azithromycin as potential cures, for instance.”

    How can a reporter even fucking write this? So far there are 3 independent studies showing positive effects. Other trials are still ongoing. None show it to be ineffective… yet robbie claims absolutely these drugs have no positive effect?

    Trump literally said it may work it may not work. Full fucking stop. How is that overconfident and wrong?

    For fuck sakes robbie.

  30. Reason (intentionally) omits the real reason that Trump’s press briefings are damaging and should be censored. Here’s how this sentence should have read, if reported honestly. “Trump sometimes uses the opportunity to engage in THREE of his favorite things—LYING, boasting and attacking the press—(which) some journalists now believe it is irresponsible, even dangerous, for the media to carry live broadcasts of the briefings“. Don’t take my word for the damage Trump’s conspiracy mongering is wreaking, ask Dr. Fauci. “ In a brief interview with Science magazine published on Sunday, Dr Fauci, 79, was asked how it felt to “stand there as the representative of truth and facts [when] things are being said (by Trump) that aren’t true and aren’t factual”….“I can’t jump in front of the microphone and push (Trump) down,” he said. “OK, (Trump) said it. Let’s try and get it corrected for the next time.” That’s why it might make sense to turn Trump’s mic off. Reason certainly knew this, but failed to consider it. Why?

    1. Well that’s an insane pile of nonsense. Is this Hank Phillips new sock?

  31. Trump just did a 2 hour long press conference.
    He does one a day that usually last about an hour.
    Nobody has any room to complain.

  32. What’s dangerous is to let the lying #FakeNews media keep their near-total monopoly. And to take them seriously when they’ve proven over and over again since before Trump was elected that they’ve abandoned journalism and are nothing but vicious liars.

    I hope the next quarantine measure declares them non-essential and sends them all home.

  33. I get paid over $98 per hour working from home with 2 kids at home. I just got paid $ 8460 in my mpreviousonth It Sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it….. Read more

  34. The WH reporters have most revealed themselves as garbage with TDS.

  35. Absolutely trust people with the truth

    that their president is a moron, always has been

    That is the true take away from his briefings

Please to post comments

Comments are closed.