There’s no reason news networks should cover Donald Trump’s 1/6 press conference, and they shouldn’t broadcast it on TV.
Trump shoots his Con press conference on 1/6
Donald Trump spent four years in the White House clarifying the fake press conference.
The scam has always followed the same pattern. Trump would announce a “press conference,” the mainstream media would be hype all day. The press would send journalists to the event. Trump would eventually show up, ramble on for 20 minutes or more, then walk off the stage without answering a single question.
There is no reason to believe that Trump’s 1/6 “press conference” will be any different.
Media must not provide Trump with live coverage
Trump won the presidency on the basis of free media coverage in 2016, and he’s looking to replicate that scam for 2024.
Donald Trump is almost certain to repeat his lies about the 2020 election heist and the 1/6 attack on Capitol Hill. Anyone who covers Trump live without debunking his lies in real time will help the former president attack democracy.
Angelo Carusone, president of Media Matters for America, said in a statement provided to PoliticusUSA: “Donald Trump’s January 6 press event should be recognized for what it is: an opportunity for Trump to lie to downplay insurgency on the United States Capitol and define its Presidential Campaign 2024. It is essential that news networks do the right thing – refuse to broadcast it live, so they don’t promote without criticizing the lies and disinformation generated by Trump’s speech in real time.
Media must demystify Trump, not give him an unregulated platform
Ignoring Trump only helps him get his bossy message across and grow stronger. Instead, the press must stop Trump’s lies on the air before they can take hold.
Too often, the corporate media have chosen the lazy route and provided Trump with an unfettered platform to spread his lies.
Trump does not deserve any live coverage on 1/6, and anyone who gives him an uncontrolled platform is contributing to an attack on America.
Mr. Easley is the editor. He is also a White House press pool and Congressional Correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in political science. His graduate studies focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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