Earlier this week both the White House and Trump campaign released public statements acknowledging this petition has their attention, and they're not happy about it! We have more than 200,000 supporters, but we need to keep the momentum going we're already seeing some success as networks have started cutting away from these live events. Sign my petition, and I'll keep you up to date on the next steps. See my original email below.
Dear fellow MoveOn member,
Donald Trump is using the daily COVID-19 coronavirus press briefings for his own personal and political gain. Instead of focusing on showing leadership in this time of crisis and providing key information on how the federal government is stepping in to take care of the American people, Trump is using the press briefings as a way to spread misinformation, campaign for re-election, and bully reporters who challenge him.
Instead of enabling this behavior, major news media outlets need to stop airing these press briefings live, unedited on television. Trump and his administration do not deserve a platform to make a case for re-election in a global pandemic, and news media organizations need to intervene and make sure that they are not allowing the general public to fall prey to misinformation from the sitting president as we all deal with the effects of the coronavirus.
President Trump is blatantly using CNN and other news organizations' extensive live coverage to freely campaign for a second term. It is wrong and dangerous to provide so much unfettered airtime to someone who is shamelessly spreading damaging misinformation that is already costing fellow Americans their lives. He's boasting about the ratings and using the daily press conferences to drive news cycles with his latest outlandish comments, deceptions, denials, and false information. Media can cover these conferences as news after the fact if Trump says anything newsworthy.
Please tell CNN and other news organizations to monitor and then broadcast valid, accurate information from medical experts, rather than feelings and diatribes from the president that only serve his own electoral interests.
Thanks for all you do.
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