As Donald Trump Scolds Reporters For “Horrid” Questions, News Networks Take Herky Jerky Approach To Briefings
President Donald Trump spent the Q&A portion of his daily coronavirus press briefing on Monday by attacking reporters not for their recent stories, but for the way that they are asking their qu…
Related StoryDonald Trump, Joe Biden Chat About Coronavirus Crisis In Phone Call“You’re a third rate reporter,” Trump told Karl. “You’ll never make it.”Karl, who is this year’s president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, has known Trump for years, back when he was a reporter for the
New York Postand Trump was the showy real estate developer.Were we not in the midst of a national emergency and global epidemic, none of these nightly Trump tiffs with reporters would be surprising or perhaps even newsworthy. He’s been using the media as his foil from the start of his political career, and the coronavirus press briefings are now his primary platform to offer his version of events.
What was different on Monday was that, one after another, reporters had questions that challenged Trump’s insistence that everything is going just fine on the federal level even as the immediate prospects are grim. “Things are going really well,” Trump said. “Light at the end of the tunnel.”
Yes, there is some good news — albeit it may be a bit premature — as New York and Louisiana offer some hopeful signs of a slowdown in cases and new hospitalizations. But the U.S. passed more than 10,000 deaths from the coronavirus, and members of Trump’s task force warned that this will be a very difficult two weeks.
“This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment, only it’s not going to be localised. It’s going to be happening all over the country. And I want America to understand that,” Surgeon General Jerome Adams warned on Sunday.Trump and his supporters say that these expressions of positivity are what’s needed for the country at this bleak moment.
Ari Fleischer, press secretary for George W. Bush during 9/11, argued over the weekend ina USA Today op edthat the press is too fixated on the worst case scenario and what is going wrong when what the public needs is reassurance. He wrote that “if this becomes a fight between a president who realistically represents hope and reporters who reject it, that’s a fight the press can’t win.”
But on Monday, the questions being asked of Trump were ones that mirror pragmatic public concerns of the crisis at hand.
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