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Today’s Action: Urge your news station to drop Trump’s COVID-19 press briefings

Last week, the Seattle NPR radio station KUOW decided to stop hosting Trump’s live COVID-19 task force briefings. Why? Because by live-airing the misinformation, overt racism, and parades of Bible-thumping-Trump-cheering CEOs, these reality-tv-briefings cannot be fact-checked or commented upon in real-time. And we’ve seen the consequences: bewildering lies that do the opposite of inform, a significant uptick in violence towards Asian Americans, and avoidable death due to people following Trump’s terrible advice.

KUOW is a news station with the mission statement of informing their listeners, and keeping them safe and healthy. Broadcasting Trump’s blatant lies is something every news organization should be reconsidering during this time, as confirmed U.S. infections are surpassing 200,000 and over 4,700 have already lost their lives in our country.

Most major networks have opted to shorten their coverage, and this week CNN cut away from Trump’s speech entirely only to return for the panel with doctors and experts. We’re getting there…so let’s do a big push.

Call or email your preferred broadcast television and/or radio news source and ask them to follow KOUW’s lead by discontinuing live broadcasts of Trump’s COVID-19 briefings. His outright lies, misinformation, and racism without fact-checking are not responsible or safe journalism.

KUOW shared three examples of Trump’s misinformation which could not be fact-checked in real-time, and the following is KUOW’s commentary:

  • “Nobody knew there’d be a pandemic or an epidemic of this proportion,” President Trump said at a live White House briefing on March 19 despite warnings from the U.S. Intelligence community earlier this year.
  • “You’re seeing very few empty shelves,” our listeners heard live from President Trump on March 20. Local reporting shows many stores are out of basic supplies, including hand soap.
  • We’re going to be able to make the drug chloroquine “available almost immediately” said President Trump on March 19. The president claimed, incorrectly, that the FDA had fast-tracked approval of its use to treat COVID-19. There isn’t current medical evidence of the efficacy of that drug in treating COVID-19.

We’re listing these examples here so that you’re able to share with your news source. This is not a political move; we genuinely wish Trump would provide accurate information, and desperately hope action like KUOW’s will adjust his behavior going forward. In the meantime, we need to keep our communities as safe as possible during this deadly pandemic.

Email or call the broadcast radio or television news source you patronize and ask them to discontinue live broadcast of Trump’s COVID-19 briefings, as they cannot be fact-checked, and share KUOW’s examples above.

PS — Please don’t forget to sign the petition calling on the media to stop repeating Trump’s deadly pandemic lies, and check out the brilliant “Don’t Think of an Elephant” by George Lakoff — a quick read that contains the ultimate keys for Democrats to win elections — and arguments.

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