There is no reason for news networks to cover Donald Trump’s January 6 press conference, and they shouldn’t televise it.
Trump pulls his press conference on 1/6
Donald Trump spent four years in the White House trying to trick the press into making the fake press conference.
The fraud always followed the same pattern. Trump would announce a “press conference” and the mainstream media would hype about it all day. The press sent reporters to the event. Trump would eventually show up, wander on for 20 minutes or more, and then leave the stage without asking a single question.
There is no reason to believe that Trump’s “press conference” on 1/6 will be any different.
The media are not allowed to provide live coverage to Trump
Trump won the presidency due to free media coverage in 2016, and he is trying to repeat that anger for 2024.
Donald Trump will almost certainly repeat his lies about the 2020 election theft and the 1/6 attack on the Capitol. Anyone reporting live on Trump without exposing their lies in real time will help the former president attack democracy.
Angelo Carusone, President of Media Matters for America, said in a statement to PoliticusUSA: “Donald Trump’s press event on the 6th of his 2024 presidential campaign. It is critical that the news networks do the right thing – refuse to broadcast it live so that they don’t uncritically promote the lies and disinformation generated from Trump’s speech in real time. “
The media must expose Trump, not offer him an unregulated platform
Ignoring Trump only helps him spread his authoritarian message and grow stronger. Instead, the press must stop Trump’s lies live before they can take root.
Too often, the corporate media has chosen the lazy way out, providing Trump with an unrestricted platform to spread his lies.
Trump doesn’t deserve live coverage on 1/6, and anyone who gives him an untested platform is supporting an attack on America.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also the White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
Awards and professional memberships
Member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Political Science Association