Taking special care to note that her aversions to the president’s near-daily press briefings on coronavirus were not based out of politics, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said on her program Friday evening it was time for news organizations to stop airing Donald Trump’s statements on the pandemic on live television.
Trump’s words are frequently misinformative, and contradict the statements being given by members of the coronavirus task force, Maddow said. They give false hope, and have the potential to do harm to others, she added.
“There may be other people in the federal government saying things that are true, but these daily briefings from the White House are a litany of things from the president that would be awesome if they were true, if they were happening, but they’re not. And so the sooner we come to terms with that, I think the better for all of us,” Maddow said.
Maddow suggested on her eponymous program that Trump’s briefings should no longer air live.
“If it were up to me, and it’s not, I would stop putting those briefings on live TV,” she said, adding her opinion was “not out of spite,” but due to Trump’s words being “misinformation.”
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Maddow stated that she understood the need to report on Trump’s statements regarding coronavirus and its spread across the nation, and offered a solution that would allow Americans to still be informed on parts of his commentary that may be true: record his words when he speaks, and air them later, taking out the misinformative parts to ensure they don’t get spread.
“If the president does end up saying anything true, you can run it as tape,” Maddow said. “But if he keeps lying like he has been every day on stuff this important, we should, all of us should stop broadcasting it.”
Maddow explained, in dire terms, why this was necessary to do. “Honestly, it’s going to cost lives,” she said.
Maddow is not the only news personality to be stunned by Trump’s misleading words. Dr. Sanjay Gupta on CNN also commented on Friday about how Trump’s statements differed greatly from other task force members, particularly Dr. Anthony Fauci, one of the foremost immunologists in the country.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” Gupta said of a presser on Friday in which Trump contradicted Fauci’s words, just minutes apart from both speaking. “That was incredible to see this back-and-forth.”