It’s time for networks to stop airing Trump’s daily propaganda live

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Donald Trump is okay with losing access to his campaign rallies because he has something better: a live national perch to lie, obfuscate, and misinform America every single day. The list of daily atrocities is long, and I’ll leave it to others to catalogue some of them. But I want to focus on just part of Friday’s conference.

The full exchange is here. But the tweet above summarizes it well. (I used that one, also, because I love the chart detailing symptoms. That can’t be shared enough with the public.)

In short, Trump said people who needed to get tested can get tested (false), and that a symptom of the coronavirus is sneezing and sniffling (wrong).

One is a lie. The other is just your basic Trump ignorance.

No, people can’t get tested if they need it—not by a long shot. And no, sniffling and sneezing aren’t symptoms of the virus.

Both the lie and the ignorance are f*#king dangerous. So why the hell are the news networks still airing this shit live? When Trump has anyone else speak, it is to lavish praise on Dear Leader for all the “bold” and “decisive” actions he’s taking (which usually amounts to “closing the border”). There’s the racist “Chinese virus” bullshit, which not even his speechwriter wants to engage in:

The networks need to stop airing this trash immediately. They can cover it with their cameras. If anything actually helpful and newsworthy emerges, they can run the clips.

But in the alternative, if they insist on being irresponsible by helping Trump spread dangerous misinformation, Democrats should offer counterprogramming. The networks are running coronavirus news 24/7. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo gets wide coverage, showing even local-ish news is valuable to them to fill network airspace. So give it to them. Jen Hayden had a great idea:

It doesn’t have to be Biden. Any number of senators, like Elizabeth Warren, Chris Murphy, Brian Schatz, Kirsten Gillibrand, etc, can emcee a stream of experts to talk about the inadequacy of the federal government’s response (while properly modeling social distancing). They can talk about equipment shortages, the importance of sheltering in place, shortages in consumer staples like toilet paper and hand sanitizer, best practices to stay safe, WHERE ARE THE F*#KING TESTS, stuff like that.

But the current status quo, where Trump and his toadies mislead the American people while sharing dangerous and racist information, is untenable and has to stop.

One more point: yes, current approval ratings don’t matter. The coming death rates and economic collapse attributed to Trump’s malfeasance and gross incompetence will do more to impact Trump’s approval ratings than any Democratic counterprogramming today. But by disseminating accurate information, Democrats can better brand themselves as the party of reality, solutions, and competence. It’s not enough to just wait for calamity and then point fingers, as accurate as that would be.

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11 Comments on "It’s time for networks to stop airing Trump’s daily propaganda live"

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IL 12th voter
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IL 12th voter

Lets have simultaneous fact check on cheeto. Let a bright red bar reading : FALSE! ,while he is promoting wrong information.

Sid Waxman
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Sid Waxman

In that case, since he is always lying, why not have the bright red bar on continuously while he is talking on screen?

Robert Burnett
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Robert Burnett

It’s time for all of us to see Trump for what he is a fat con man, that doesn’t give a crap about anything but he and his ego. Stop building him, stop showing his grandstanding, which are nothing but lies. He has never been or ever will be presidential material. Twitter should have canceled his hate filled tweets long ago, the media should call him on his ignorance of life and most of all we as a country must decide whether to allow this foolish to continue.

Debra
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Debra

I agree. These reporters at the White House briefings have so much composure. When he told that reporter the other day that his question was nasty I would have shouted out back to him about the terrible job he is doing. But they never call him out so why be there, why ask questions that he will use to lie and abuse the reporters with.

Pamela Parrish
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Pamela Parrish

Take Trump off and put on Kenny Rogers programs… At least Kenny helped others and brought JOY to all… Trump is a rat faced punk that only cares about money and power….

Sid Waxman
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Sid Waxman

It’s unfair to rats to call sTrumpet a rat faced punk!

Pamela Parrish
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Pamela Parrish

Trump is indeed a rat face… Now people are out of a job cause he did not bother to prepare for COVID.. He called it a fake and lied about having it under control..

Mick owens
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Mick owens

Cant someone do what is right, remove trump from the WH… He will destroy USA

John Johnson
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John Johnson

HE IS JUST AN ASS HOLE!!!

Lou
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Yes it’s time to get him off the air.Now he is even scaring the dogs cats and birds with his mug on tv. What a repulsive man can do to this country is ridiculous, we let it go out of control and now suffer.Even his base thinks he is stupid, I heard a couple say they were behind trump no matter what, but now they see a different light. This man really can’t help them as they thought in 2016, they now know him and what he is like, a loser, a failer and nothing but hyper baby promises and… Read more »
John Johnson
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John Johnson

Trump spreads so much BULLSHIT, i haven’t listen to him for over 3 years. I just tune him off. Same for ALL his cronies when they speak, their ALL full of shit! Cant wait till 2021, January 20th 2021 to be exact!