President Donald J. Trump, joined by Vice President Mike Pence and members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, delivers remarks during a coronavirus update briefing Friday, March 20, 2020, in the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)
The media aren’t liking Trump’s pressers and it may not be for the reason most think. They have become a staple of the Wuhan virus epidemic, with the administration giving crucial airtime to experts like Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx.
Now, an NPR affiliate in Seattle is refusing to show the President’s daily question and answer sessions.
Seattle's NPR station won't air White House briefings because of "a pattern of false or misleading information" https://t.co/lAk5pLQPAX
— Reid Wilson (@PoliticsReid) March 25, 2020
This is just nonsense. While there is always the risk of things being misstated or not fully conveyed, no one speaking at these pressers has been giving false information. KUOW provides no citation to exactly what they are talking about, because of course they don’t.
CNN and NBC (one of the worst offenders of garbage reporting throughout this ordeal) followed the same path today.
NBC and CNN producers say they're through airing Trump's virus pressers. “We might take it from the top and then cut away after the first lie, and return when the lies stop.” https://t.co/kNhwJGhVe3
— Noah Shachtman (@NoahShachtman) March 25, 2020
But let’s be honest. There’s a reason why they are suddenly wanting to do this and it’s not because the media got religion about Trump’s supposed “false information.”
No, it’s because his approval ratings are rising.
This is why the media had to blame Trump yesterday for someone drinking fish tank cleaner. https://t.co/7vWUrSvxaq
— Erielle Davidson (@politicalelle) March 24, 2020
As streiff reported yesterday, Gallup also has the President receiving his highest marks of his presidency.
Forty-nine percent of U.S. adults, up from 44% earlier this month, approve of the job Trump is doing as president. Trump also had 49% job approval ratings — the best of his presidency — in late January and early February around the time of the Senate impeachment trial that resulted in his acquittal…
…Trump’s response to the novel coronavirus pandemic may be behind his higher overall approval rating. Americans give the president generally positive reviews for his handling of the situation, with 60% approving and 38% disapproving. Ninety-four percent of Republicans, 60% of independents and 27% of Democrats approve of his response.
The media are incensed by this. They can’t figure out why their propaganda campaigns aren’t working. In their bubble, Trump should be cratering right now and every bad outcome should be credited to his supposed lack of leadership. But the American people, at least a majority of them, aren’t seeing it that way.
So what does the media do? Simply start censoring the information they send out in order to try to tamp down those rising ratings.
This isn’t journalism.
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) March 25, 2020
It’s so transparent. It’s also fun to watch these news outlets squirm a bit.