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Mainstream Media is Beginning to Cut Coverage of President Trump’s Press Briefings

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America’s largest news outlets will be reducing coverage of President Donald Trump’s Wuhan Virus press briefings.

Although such a move has sparked tons of internal debate. Lloyd Grove of the Daily Beast notes that “On the one hand, their ratings have never been higher, and viewers’ appetites for the live sessions have shown no signs of dwindling.”

He also pointed out that “journalists and executives at MSNBC, CNN, and the often Trump-friendly Fox News—which scored an impressive 6.2 million viewers for Sunday’s installment of the Trump show, according to Nielsen—are increasingly facing the likelihood that they are becoming an uncritical and unvetted transmission belt for propaganda and misinformation. ”

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Despite complaints from producers and journalists throughout the week, the bigwigs at MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News decided to air Trump’s press briefings on March 26, 2020;

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Several establishment journalists have been critical of the press briefings and believe that they are becoming conduits for misinformation.

“These White House sessions—ostensibly meant to give the public critical and truthful information about this frightening crisis—are in fact working against that end,” sustained Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan. “Rather, they have become a daily stage for Trump to play his greatest hits to captive audience members. They come in search of life-or-death information, but here’s what they get from him instead: Self-aggrandizement… Media-bashing… Exaggeration and outright lies.”

Some of MSNBC’s leading anchors have already made the case for not airing Trump’s briefings.

Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough made a tweet during Trump’s briefing on March 23, 2020 saying that there was “no public benefit to this briefing,” and urged the cable news networks should “cut away.” MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, the network’s leading commentator, also called for news networks to stop carrying Trump’s statements live on multiple occasions. She said that the president’s daily comments help spread misinformation.

“If it were up to me, and it’s not, I would stop putting those briefings on live TV,”  Maddow said earlier this week on her show. “Not out of spite, but because it’s misinformation. If the president does end up saying anything true, you can run it as tape. But 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.”

An NBC News insider apparently said that the White House briefings should not be ignored but should be covered and aired instead. The caveat is that they receive journalistic vetting and fact checking.

“I completely get the criticism of the performance,” the NBC insider said. “But let’s remember that the White House press corps absolutely torched the Trump White House for eliminating the daily briefings. Now there’s a high-profile daily press briefing that often includes the president and vice president, so you can’t have it both ways.”

The NBC News insider believes that Trump should be held accountable for spreading misinformation and added: “I think the best way to handle the president in the briefing is that you handle the president like you handle the virus. He has to be contained and quarantined and his falsehoods have to be scrubbed so that they don’t rub off on you.”

.  Trump’s press briefings have triggered the media so hard that they are now willing to cut away from the briefings “when newsworthy facts and figures—usually shared by federal public-health officials such as Dr. Anthony Fauci—give way to unsupported presidential speculation and outright falsehoods.”

“We might take it from the top and then cut away after the first lie, and return when the lies stop,” remarked one cable-network producer.

“Sunday was like open-mic night,” an MSNBC staffer remarked. The Daily Beast, adding that Trump might still be reaping the political benefits from this crisis and seeing his approval ratings rise for his leadership during the pandemic because “people want to believe he’s got this. So they crawl toward the mirage, and when they realize it’s a mirage, they eat the sand.”

“They’re so full of misinformation. Someone has already died from it,” a different MSNBC insider asserted, referencing the story of an Arizona man who took fish-tank solvent, chloroquine with phosphate, after hearing Trump praise that key ingredient in its prescription-drug form during one of his press conferences.

On Monday, both CNN and MSNBC cut coverage from Trump’s briefing after an hour, while the Fox News Channel continued airing it until the end.

“Of course they did,” a CNN employee mockingly commented. “And yesterday [Tuesday] they produced a propaganda show”—a reference to the Fox News town hall with Trump in which anchor Bill Hemmer, with the president in the White House Rose Garden, and Harris Faulkner in her makeshift home studio, asked him a series of softball questions.

Instead of doing their jobs, the mainstream media would rather cover events that fit their narratives just to spite Trump.

It’s no surprise why people are tuning out from their shows in record numbers.

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Mara Elvira Salazar is No Friend of America First Nationalism

Republican leaders would be wise to ignore all of her political advice.

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If there’s one Republican leader that young activists should never listen to, it’s Florida Congresswoman Maria Elvira Salazar. 

Salazar, who is a Cuban American, has been an outspoken advocate of loosening U.S. immigration laws. In fact, she even confronted known immigration hawk and key Trump adviser Stephen Miller at a Republican Study Committee weekly lunch on February 24, 2021. She specifically criticized Trump’s immigration message and demanded that the GOP be more inclusive in its outreach.

“I told him [Miller] that the GOP needs to attract the browns,” stated Salazar. “We, for the last 30 years since Ronald Reagan, have not sent the right message to the browns,” she continued. “Reagan was the last guy who gave a path to citizenship to 3 million people … 35 years ago. It’s time for us to do the same thing that Reagan did.”

Salazar doubled down on her pro-immigration message when she went on Larry Kudlow’s show on March 2 and declared that former President Donald Trump would have done better with Hispanics by advocating for looser immigration. Journalist Ryan Girdusky noted how some of Trump’s advisers were already pushing for amnesty lite policies:

Girdusky added that Salazar was rather unhinged in her criticism of Miller’s vision for the GOP:

Salazar made a lot of noise about the Hispanic vote, despite ignoring how Trump improved his Hispanic numbers between 2016 and his re-election bid in 2020 from 28% to 32%. And he did so without much Hispandering or campaigning on passing amnesty. 

The unsavory fact that the GOP consultant class and the likes of Salazar refuse to acknowledge is that the Black Lives Matter unrest alone likely pushed significant segments of the Hispanic population into the Democrats’ arms. BLM radicalism alienated Americans of all backgrounds., but Hispanics were not having any of this kind of ruckus. Even Hispanic Democrats, of all groups, largely supported strong military action during the riots.

In reality, Hispanic support for Trump is largely based on his bluster and political bluntness, which many minority groups find comfort in. 

However, Republicans like Salazar gets it all wrong by thinking that expanding immigration both legal and illegal is a key to the Republican Party success. The Republican Party will have to concede that they can make gains with Hispanics at the margins but they cannot expect to win the majority of the Hispanic vote due to Hispanics’ propensity to support many causes ranging from gun control to more government involvement in healthcare. Data from the Pew Research Center demonstrates these beliefs among Hispanics. Nevertheless, there are some avenues for outreach with this demographic  but they must be done right. 

The key for Republican success is the white working class voters, which played a crucial role in putting Trump over the top in the Midwest back in 2016. These voters are not the most reliable in terms of turnout, but they comprise a vast segment of the American electorate. Any candidate who can activate them could potentially build a hegemonic electoral coalition for years to come. The goal for a sane Republican campaign is to maximize turnout and support among the WWC. 

Such inroads with WWC voters are more important than meeting a diversity quota the likes of Salazar and naive Republican strategists would like the party to pursue. Any nationalist campaign worth its salt would be promoting the following: Infrastructure projects targeting the Midwest, the restriction of both illegal and legal immigration, and re-shoring programs to bring jobs back. 

On the other hand, following Salazar’s program is the way that the GOP will become irrelevant and alienate many WWC voters who are already on the fence with regards to the Republican Party. These voters are not going to gravitate towards Republicans just because of the “R” next to their name. They still must be catered to and pushing for amnesty is one way to turn working class voters off.

Under Salazar’s watch, the GOP will simply be going back to the politically correct ways of the Bush administration. To tap into the sleeping giants that is the WWC, Republican leaders should ignore everything Salazar has to say and get fully behind nationalist policies such as immigration restriction, infrastructure development, and re-shoring. 

 

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