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Thu Apr 2, 2020, 09:16 AM

Journalists skipping Trump's daily press briefings, saying they don't have enough news value


Journalists are skipping Trump's daily coronavirus press briefings, saying they don't have enough news value
Tom Porter
23 hours ago


There have been rows of empty seats in recent coronavirus briefings by President Donald Trump.

Reporters increasingly don't believe the briefings have enough news value to merit breaking social-distancing measures to attend, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

TV networks have also cut away from the briefings, or chosen not to broadcast them altogether, as the president continues to use the sessions to spread misinformation and troll the press.



Reporters are skipping President Donald Trump's daily coronavirus news briefings, and TV networks are increasingly choosing not to broadcast them live, because they believe they don't have enough news value to risk breaking social-distancing rules.

In recent days there have been scores of empty seats in the White House press-briefing room, where Trump has delivered updates on the US battle against the novel coronavirus alongside public-health officials.

But instead of delivering key information and sober assessments of the situation to the American public, Trump has frequently resorted to tactics more familiar from his raucous campaign rallies: boasting of his accomplishments, floating misinformation, attacking the press, and taunting Democrats with Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York a favored target.

According to The Washington Post, reporters are now "keeping their distance because they are concerned about the health risks at a time when many consider the president's evening news conferences to have become increasingly less newsworthy."

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https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-coronavirus-briefings-reporters-broadcasters-skip-no-news-value-2020-4?fbclid=IwAR2r9_ijPpB-sF2PoGL7aa4WE0IdbVS5eUwYPMpWpQ-RNvWUrzC2rmuTQ2M

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Reply Journalists skipping Trump's daily press briefings, saying they don't have enough news value (Original post)
babylonsister Apr 2 OP
NRaleighLiberal Apr 2 #1
CatMor Apr 2 #3
Iliyah Apr 2 #2
Turbineguy Apr 2 #4
ProfessorGAC Apr 2 #5
UpInArms Apr 2 #6
Ohiogal Apr 2 #7
tanyev Apr 2 #9
Sugar Smack Apr 2 #8
mnmoderatedem Apr 2 #10
bullwinkle428 Apr 2 #11
dem4decades Apr 2 #12
crickets Apr 2 #13
thesquanderer Apr 2 #14

Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 09:17 AM

1. about time - should have happened 3.5 years ago

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Response to NRaleighLiberal (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 09:20 AM

3. Yes, finally

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 09:19 AM

2. It is a shit show . . . .

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 09:20 AM

4. Bullshit vs. Risk

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Response to Turbineguy (Reply #4)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 09:27 AM

5. On The Risk/Reward Scale...

...this decision is a slam dunk! On a 4 foot rim!
Stay away.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 09:27 AM

6. Didn't you hear? tRump's Number One on Facebook!

someone, please hold my hair

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 09:28 AM

7. I'd love to see

him looking out at an empty room

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Response to Ohiogal (Reply #7)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 09:41 AM

9. Yes. Let Covidiot 45 blather on and on about whatever he wants,

but the rest of the country has no time to listen to the tales told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 09:32 AM

8. You know what? This makes my day.

Journalists with ethics and common sense shunning this dangerous (and tedious) monkey-wrench in-chief. It makes my day. Thank you.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 10:00 AM

10. Have they ever?

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 10:02 AM

11. The asshole just repeats the SAME EMPTY BULLSHIT, day after day.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 10:21 AM

12. I like to watch Ari at 6 PM. If Trump is on i watch DVR'D Conan instead.

I'm thinking of DVRing the Daily Show and watching that instead of Trump too. Sorry MSNBC, i don't do Trump rallies.

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 10:36 AM

13. Good. K&R

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Response to babylonsister (Original post)

Thu Apr 2, 2020, 11:57 AM

14. the lack of newsworthiness is not really what's keeping the room so empty.

the WHCA board reminded members of its temporary rules, which restrict seating in the room to a rotation of only a little over a dozen journalists a day, separated by more than one seat in the room. The rules also bar journalists from standing along the sides or back of the room, which would typically be packed during a normal briefing.


https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/01/oan-white-house-correspondents-coronavirus-160598

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