Ilhan Omar: Trump’s Coronavirus Press Briefings are 'Like Watching a Train Wreck’
Omar described the conference as “disturbing to watch,
Rep. Ilhan Omar blasted President Donald Trump's coronavirus press conferences at the White House as she joined news networks, anchors, and Hollywood actors criticizing the briefings.
The Minnesota Rep claimed the briefings were rambling and self-promotional.
Unsurprisingly, MSNBC and CNN did not run the press conference in its entirety.
While Washington Post's media critic, Erik Wemple, penned a column titled, “CNN, MSNBC refused to carry full Trump coronavirus briefing. Yay!”
Omar described the conference as “disturbing to watch," on Twitter:
“It’s not only the lies and spins that are disturbing but the millions of people who watch this and actually believe this insane stuff. It’s like watching a train wreck happen and not knowing what to do,” she tweeted.
Trump was joined by the coronavirus task force at these briefings to deliver the latest updates on the latest developments in he fight against the virus.
CNN’s president, Jeff Zucker, suggested viewers should hear from coronavirus experts like Drs. Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx.
CNN's Don Lemon also demanded his network discontinue airing President Donald Trump's daily coronavirus briefings because they've become his "new rallies."
"I think we should run snippets. I think we should do it afterward and get the pertinent points to the American people because he's never, ever going to tell you the truth," Lemon said.
Actress Jane Lynch also called for the coronavirus briefings to be axed.
These press conferences are disturbing to watch.— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) April 2, 2020
It’s not only the lies and spins that are disturbing, but the millions of people who watch this and actually believe this insane stuff.
It’s like watching train wreck happen and not knowing to what to do. https://t.co/e2nxerKabw
Lynch pleaded in a tweet:
“Please stop covering Trump’s briefing/rallies."
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow also demanded the briefings be pulled off the air.
"If he keeps lying like he has been every day on stuff this important, we should -- all of us – should stop broadcasting it. Honestly, it’s going to cost lives," Maddow said.
Additionally, The New York Times also floated the idea of refusing to air the vital Trump briefings, citing “misinformation.”
Anchor Ted Koppel suggested Trump and medical professionals alongside him need to be fact-checked live.
“Training a camera on a live event, and just letting it play out, is technology, not journalism; journalism requires editing and context,” Koppel said in an email to the Times.