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Rachel Maddow and others call on networks not to broadcast Trump coronavirus press conferences
Legal Insurrection ^ | 21 March 2020 | William A. Jacobson

Posted on 03/21/2020 5:18:59 PM PDT by Steely Tom

The Trump press conferences are a problem for the anti-Trump media, because they give Trump direct access to viewers with minimal filtering by the networks.

Donald Trump’s daily press conferences, attended by numerous senior health and other officials, are a must-watch. Enormous information is provided by officials, and Trump signals where he thinks the crisis is going. Trump spends an hour or more taking reporter questions, some of which are hostile.

The press conferences almost certainly have large audiences, and have contributed to polling that shows strong support among the public for Trump’s handling of the crisis.

This is a problem for Democrats, as I reported in Biden has all but disappeared during Wuhan coronavirus crisis, as #WhereIsJoe? trends. Biden’s disappearance has been noticed by Democrats, particularly Bernie supporters. Peter Daou, a longtime Hillary supporter, tweeted his frustration:

People, I mean this sincerely: #whereisjoe?

Trump is in front of the cameras every day, reassuring people, putting on the appearance of “leadership.”

Where is #Biden? Why isn’t he dominating the airwaves??

And: Two new polls show Trump with majority approval on his handling of the #pandemic.

If Dem leaders think this crisis will definitely damage him, they are greatly mistaken.

If they cede the appearance of leadership to him, it’s a major problem.

That’s pretty rich coming from someone who worked for the two newspapers that pushed the Russia-collusion hoax for three years, almost alwasy based on anonymous source that didn’t pan out.

But calls to shut down the live press conference broadcasts are even richer coming from the queen of Russia-collusion conspiracy theorists, Rachel Maddow.

Maddow, you will recall, is an Alex-Jones-level conspiracy pusher, the difference being that Jones has been deplatformed while Maddow has a prime time show on MSNBC that feeds off Resistance paranoia and venom. I covered Maddow’s history in Again We Ask: Why Isn’t Rachel Maddow Treated Like Other Crazy Conspiracy Theorists?

Here’s Maddow using prime time to call for the media to censor Trump:

“I know we ought to be getting used to this kind of thing by now, but I’m not. President Trump today, again, just flat-out wrong in public about this malaria drug that has gotten stuck in his mind, quite some distance from the facts,” Maddow said on her show.

“If the president does end up saying anything true, you can run it as tape but if he keeps lying like this every day on stuff this important, all of us should stop broadcasting it. Honestly, it’s gonna cost lives,” she added on the program.

There is a chorus of liberal journalists and activists calling for the networks to stop the broadcasts, under the #StopTheBriefings Twitter hashtag.

I hope Trump does the briefings and takes questions 7 days a week. These are the most transparent sessions I’ve seen in any president in my lifetime.

The media can criticize Trump all it wants, but the call to censor the press conferences simply confirms that they are not journalists, but as Prof. Glenn Reynolds says, Democrats With Bylines.


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1 posted on 03/21/2020 5:18:59 PM PDT by Steely Tom
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To: Steely Tom

Who?


2 posted on 03/21/2020 5:19:53 PM PDT by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire. Or both.)
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To: Steely Tom

The Congressional Dems control the media. This is censorship.


3 posted on 03/21/2020 5:20:43 PM PDT by Brilliant
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To: Steely Tom
Why aren't these seditionists being prosecuted in a time of National emergency?

Did FDR put up with this bullshit during WWII?
4 posted on 03/21/2020 5:20:54 PM PDT by akalinin
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To: Steely Tom

poor poor Mad-cow.


5 posted on 03/21/2020 5:21:05 PM PDT by Diogenesis ( WWG1WGA)
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To: Steely Tom

This is going too far. He is our President and she is in open rebellion during a stated National Crisis. Who the hell does she think she is? She must be removed from the air for National Security purposes.


6 posted on 03/21/2020 5:21:20 PM PDT by R0CK3T
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To: Steely Tom

Mental illness will make liberals say the stupidest things.


7 posted on 03/21/2020 5:22:29 PM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: R0CK3T

“...This is going too far. He is our President and she is in open rebellion during a stated National Crisis. Who the hell does she think she is? She must be removed from the air for National Security purposes....”

Agree. It works for me and probably for a lot of other Americans.
In a time of national crisis, BS like her/it needs to be turned off.


8 posted on 03/21/2020 5:23:24 PM PDT by lgjhn23 (Libs are a virus.....the DemoVirus!!)
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To: Steely Tom

“Maddow, you will recall, is an Alex-Jones-level conspiracy pusher ...”

Jones doesn’t deserve that. She’s far worse, and she will never be kicked off of any platform.


9 posted on 03/21/2020 5:23:27 PM PDT by cdcdawg ("Americanism, not Globalism, will be our credo." DJT 2016)
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To: Steely Tom

Eff the ‘Cow


10 posted on 03/21/2020 5:24:14 PM PDT by bigbob (Trust Trump. Trust the Plan.)
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To: Steely Tom

Madcow has just confirmed she deserves that nickname.


11 posted on 03/21/2020 5:24:33 PM PDT by jazusamo (Have You Donated to Keep Free Republic Up and Running?)
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To: Steely Tom

It’s almost Killing Time. And she doesn’t know it.


12 posted on 03/21/2020 5:25:23 PM PDT by Salvavida
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To: Steely Tom

These scunbags need to remember that there is a rage building.


13 posted on 03/21/2020 5:25:30 PM PDT by rrrod (6)
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To: Steely Tom

The United State of America owns PBS. The full daily briefings should be broadcast live on all PBS channels and rebroadcast at 8pm each day.


14 posted on 03/21/2020 5:26:05 PM PDT by cyclotic (A vote for Democrats is a vote for lower traffic volumes)
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To: Steely Tom

I think there is a “Silver Alert” out for old what’s his name.


15 posted on 03/21/2020 5:26:36 PM PDT by CapnJack
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To: Steely Tom

“If they cede the appearance of leadership to him, it’s a major problem.”

“...the appearance of leadership”? He is our leader, and we are in a crisis. Maddow and her fellow travelers are beneath contempt.

Besides, what kind of parents would name their son “Rachel”?


16 posted on 03/21/2020 5:26:38 PM PDT by Junk Silver ("It's a little hard to herd people onto trains when they're shooting at you." SirLurkedalot)
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So democracy really does die in darkness.


17 posted on 03/21/2020 5:27:25 PM PDT by proust (Justice delayed is injustice.)
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To: Steely Tom

“Where is #Biden? Why isn’t he dominating the airwaves??”

Probably laying low and smiling as he watches Trump fight this nightmare combo of an economic crash and “Katrina”. The market has given up all stock market gains since Trump got into office and each day it just gets worse.

I see no upside to Biden doing much now while the whole world is fixated 24x7 on covid-19. However I did read that Biden wants to give daily briefings which would be ridiculous.


18 posted on 03/21/2020 5:28:38 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: Steely Tom

She’s an idiot as Americans have a right to this information. Madow would rather have people die than get potential life-saving news from Trump. These people are sick.


19 posted on 03/21/2020 5:29:33 PM PDT by Wm F Buckley Republican
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To: Steely Tom

We need the briefings. We do NOT need journalists.

They are hate-filled freaks.


20 posted on 03/21/2020 5:29:45 PM PDT by madison10
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