The coronavirus outbreak has made the mainstream media more adversarial to Trump than ever.
Now, Rachel Maddow of MSNBC is demanding that Trump’s coronavirus briefings not be aired on TV. She claims the President is costing American lives by spreading misinformation to the public.
Isn’t it Rachel’s job to spread misinformation?
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Fox News reports this about Maddow:
"I know we ought to be getting used to this kind of thing by now, but I'm not," Maddow began Friday night. "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."
The liberal primetime host was referring to Trump's claim Friday that the drug they're hoping to use against the coronavirus is "effective," but Dr. Anthony Fauci of the White House task force quickly walked back the claim, saying it had not gone through a clinical trial and how the FDA previously stated that the drug had not been approved to combat the coronavirus.
"But the president loves saying things like, you know, 'There's a drug we've got and it's very effective. It's approved already! Everybody's gonna get it.' He loves saying things like that because that would be a lovely thing to be able to tell people, unless of course that's not true in which case telling people a fairytale like that is cruel and harmful and needlessly diverting and wildly irresponsible from anyone in any leadership role," Maddow said.
"It's actually wildly irresponsible if somebody said that to you from a bar stool, if any of us could go to bars anymore, but to get that from somebody at the presidential podium? Nevertheless, he keeps doing it."
Maddow, who is best known for promoting the Russia collusion narrative that tied the Trump 2016 campaign to the Kremlin, then listed numerous claims that were made by the president that reports had refuted from the availability of tests, the readiness of the medical ships that are supposed to dock in New York City and in California, to supplies of ventilators and respirator masks.
"There is a clear pattern here in this crisis of the president promising stuff that he knows America would love to hear but it's not true. And even stuff that he's saying that he will do that the federal government will do, he's not doing," Maddow told her viewers.
The Washington Examiner added:
MSNBC host Rachel Maddow said news networks should not air the daily White House coronavirus briefings, arguing President Trump has used them to share "misinformation" about the pandemic.
Maddow went through a list of misstatements the president has made during the briefings and said that, were it up to her, she wouldn't air them.
She showed a clip Friday of the president discussing a drug intended to treat malaria that could cure the coronavirus, although more testing is needed. Trump said the drug, hydroxychloroquine, will be made available “almost immediately,” but health officials have since provided a more cautionary report.
“The president loves saying things like, you know, ‘There’s a drug we’ve got, it’s very effective. It approved already. Everybody is going to get it.’ He loves saying things like that because that would be a lovely thing to be able to tell people,” Maddow explained. "Unless, of course, that’s not true, and telling people a fairy tale like that is cruel and harmful and needlessly diverting and wildly irresponsible from anyone in any leadership role."
Maddow went on to dissect Trump's remarks on Google, when he claimed the tech giant was working to develop a website to "determine whether a test is warranted and to facilitate testing at a nearby convenient location," which surprised Google officials. Additionally, she referenced the announcement that the U.S. Navy was sending medical ships to provide treat coronavirus patients "in the next week or so" — despite the fact that the Navy said the ships aren't ready, according to NBC News.
Take a look at this video of Maddow discussing Trump and the coronavirus: