Ben: People already don’t trust the news media (thanks, it’s true, partly to Trump). So to set up special rules for this president in the midst of an unprecedented crisis does run the risk of further undermining that trust. I’m not saying they shouldn’t, say, fact-check or only air part of the briefings. But it’s not some obvious decision on their parts. … [Read more...] about Should Networks Stop Airing Trump’s Falsehood-Filled Coronavirus Briefings?
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We know this about Donald J. Trump: He needs an enemy. In his 2016 campaign, one key foil was “the swamp,” that cabal of career public servants who, he believes, represent everything wrong with American government. But he needs those people now; they are there, behind him at the podium, working hard to give his administration a measure of credibility and professionalism. … [Read more...] about Trump-media coronavirus combat: unhealthy for us all?
Which means Trump’s health might not be in perfect shape. He’s not only got a chronic skin condition but also potentially fluctuating levels of cholesterol. While doctors The Daily Beast spoke with declined to speak on how Trump’s medications could intersect, they wondered if the alleged rift between Bornstein and the president violated doctor-patient confidentiality laws. … [Read more...] about Inside President Trump’s Medicine Cabinet
Michelle Malkin, a conservative syndicated columnist, said she already had found language she contends would give border-area mayors “veto power” over whether the border barrier — or fence, as the legislation calls it — could be built in their cities. … [Read more...] about Congress Set to Pass Deal to Avoid Shutdown, But Trump Could Still Kill It
Why did the broadcast networks carry it? It’s not as if the speech (or, more accurately, speechlet) was unavailable in real time elsewhere. It was aired live on all the cable news networks. Cord-cutters could watch it streamed free on a multitude of news sites and social networks. The only reason the broadcast networks had for airing it were commercial (to feel relevant as brands at a time when viewers are fleeing in droves) and political (to avoid the ire of the Trump base and White House). Had they run onscreen fact-checking as the president spoke (instead of relegating it to the web or playing post-speech catch-up), there at least would have been some added value. But they did not. Given that journalistic derogation of duty, the right thing to do would have been to monitor the speech and break into it live only if Trump committed some actual news — e.g., declaring that threatened “national emergency.” Instead, they allowed Trump to spew the same old same old, … [Read more...] about With Trump’s Speech, the Networks Surrendered to Bill Shine