WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- President Donald Trump took on NBC News reporter Peter Alexander for asking him a message for Americans who are scared because of the coronavirus pandemic.
- Alexander said that his question intended to give Trump an opportunity to provide reassurance for his people given the health crisis.
- Trump went on bashing major newspapers in America and proudly said that he cancelled all subscriptions of the White House to major news providers.
During a White House’s coronavirus task force briefing, President Donald Trump fiercely attacked Peter Alexander, an NBC News reporter, after being asked what his message is to frightened Americans due to the coronavirus pandemic growing across the United States.
Capping off the conversation, Alexander cited thousands of Americans that are infected and millions who are scared, and asked the president, “What do you say to Americans who are scared?”
Trump, shaking his head, responded, “I say that you are a terrible reporter… That’s what I say.” He continued taking it against Alexander and referred to his question as a “nasty” one.
In a statement, Alexander said he was “trying to provide the president an opportunity to reassure the millions of Americans, members of my own family and my neighbors and my community and plenty of people sitting at home, this was his opportunity to do that, to provide a positive or uplifting message. Instead, you saw the president’s answer to that question right now.”
The president also assailed NBC and its parent company Comcast for “doing sensationalism,” and “bad reporting.” Trump went on, “And you ought to get back to reporting instead of sensationalism.”
Kaitlan Collins, a White House correspondent for CNN, asked Trump moments later if what he just did was appropriate during a public health crisis.
“You see yourself as a wartime President right now, leading the country through a pandemic that we are experiencing,” Collins said. “Do you think going off on Peter, going off on a network is appropriate when the country is going through something like this?”
Trump defended himself and noted that Alexander is “not a good journalist… Coming together is much harder when we have dishonest journalists.”
In the coronavirus press briefing on Thursday, Trump slurred again The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post and claimed that “they’re very dishonest.”
On the contrary, the president commended a far-right media outlet, saying it is “very good” and noting, “They treat me very nicely.”
The right-wing personality from that media outlet falsely said that there was a team-up between major newsrooms and the Chinese Communist Party to attack Trump.
The person then asked, “Is it alarming that major media players that just oppose you are consistently siding with foreign state propaganda, Islamic radicals and Latin gangs and cartels?”
Instead of rebuking the right-wing personality for the question, Trump bragged that he had terminated all subscriptions of the White House to the major newspapers in America.