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At our morning team huddle, we discuss stories that are “talkers.” People are primed to look for driving forces in the world, ones that we can explain through our collective experience. This is one example.
In a statement sent to Newsweek, White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere dismissed the petition, saying “the American people should not be surprised that a radical far-left organization like MoveOn.org that claims to promote equality and openness would rather not see this Administration provide accurate, up-to-date information on COVID-19 to the country,” Deere said, according to Newsweek.
“Providing the public with as much information as possible right now is paramount and during these uncertain times, it is important that Americans hear from their President and top health experts,” Deere said in a statement.
Trump always kicks off the news briefings with his own update, but he has faced criticism for often being on a different page than the public health officials in his administration.
Since the briefings began, he has faced accusations of politicizing, providing “misleading information,” while also verbally attacking reporters and repeatedly claiming that his “administration inherited a broken system, a system that was obsolete, a system that didn’t work.”
The hashtag “#StopAiringTrump” was started earlier this week on social media, Newsweek reported.
KUOW, a member station of National Public Radio in Seattle, stopped airing the live press briefings last week “due to a pattern of false or misleading information provided that cannot be fact checked in real time.”