NPR Station Refuses to Air White House Press Briefings Live Due to Trump's 'Pattern of False or Misleading Information'

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President Donald Trump has told over 16,000 lies since his inauguration, so it sadly didn't come as a surprise when his daily briefings on the current pandemic were rife with wild claims and false information.

Given the importance of accurate information in the face of a global health crisis, some have urged news outlets to fact check Trump in real time or stop covering his briefings all together, instead giving updates of accurate information from experts and health officials.

A National Public Radio (NPR) station in Seattle—KUOW—announced that it would stop broadcasting the briefings live due to a pattern of false information repeated from the podium.

The station's reasons are far from baseless.

The virus's sudden escalation over the past month largely could have been prevented, but Trump claimed in February that the virus would disappear, like a "miracle" and that the U.S. would be down from 15 cases to zero cases in only a week.

Now, with nearly 60,000 cases nationwide, states are facing a shortage of lifesaving medical equipment as facilities begin to crowd. Trump claimed that he'd invoked the Defense Production Act, which would allow him to mobilize private companies to manufacture items like ventilators and surgical masks.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency later said that Trump hadn't actually invoked the DPA. When confronted with that information, Trump said that it wasn't necessary for him to enforce the act, because companies like General Motors and Ford had already volunteered and were making the equipment now. That was also a lie.

These were just the beginning.

Given the sheer level of misinformation coming from the President, many Twitter users commended the station for the announcement.

With Washington being one of the hardest-hit states by the virus, the price of misinformation to the state is high.

Some called on major news outlets to follow KUOW's lead.

Disinformation from the President cannot go unchecked.

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Given President Donald Trump's propensity for lying and his administration's constant misinformation regarding the current global pandemic, Americans across the country have become selective about which sources they deem as credible in seeking potentially lifesaving information in the face of a national health crisis.

Iowa's Republican governor, Kim Reynolds, is in stark disagreement with most Americans on whom to trust regarding measures designed to curb the virus.

Iowa is one of a few states that still has yet to issue a stay-at-home order to slow the virus's spread. Reynolds has resisted taking the step despite a unanimous recommendation from the Iowa Board of Medicine to do so.

National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director Dr. Anthony Fauci recently said that all states should institute these orders.

Reynolds's response was...telling.

After calling stay-at-home orders a "divisive issue," the governor said:

"I would say that maybe [Fauci] doesn't have all the information"

Fauci has quickly become one of the most notable figures in the pandemic's response, and one of the few officials in President Donald Trump's virus task force that Americans widely trust to deliver accurate information. He's been an integral part of curbing health crises from the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States to Avian Flu to H1N1 and more.

If Fauci doesn't have all the information, then the country is—for lack of a better word—completely screwed.

People were appalled at the governor's defense.

It's safe to say that Fauci has more information and experience in these situations than any governor in the nation—including Reynolds.

The death toll in the United States from the virus recently surpassed 6000.

Information saves lives. Ignorance endangers them.

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