Connect with us

The Guardians of Democracy

The Guardians of Democracy

CNN Analyst To Networks: Demand Trump Primetime Speech In Advance, Deny Airtime If It’s Filled With Lies


CNN Analyst To Networks: Demand Trump Primetime Speech In Advance, Deny Airtime If It’s Filled With Lies

MSNBC, NBC, CBS and ABC have not yet confirmed plans to air President Trump’s Oval Office prime-time address to the nation on his demands for a border wall as the government shutdown reaches its third week, reports The Hill.

Fox News, Fox Business and CNN have all confirmed that they will air Trump’s speech on Tuesday night.

Trump first announced the speech through Twitter on Monday.

As news networks consider airing Trump’s Oval Office address, CNN analyst Joe Lockhart, who previously served as White House press secretary under former President Bill Clinton, urged networks to refuse to air the address if it is riddled with lies.

Lockhart argues that the major networks have an obligation to their viewers to make sure that the president doesn’t push more lies about immigrants in a live address to the nation.

“Sounds like TV networks will get a request soon for airtime for a Presidential address,” Lockhart wrote on Twitter. “Some advice — demand to see the text in advance and if it is not truthful, either don’t air it or fact-check it live on lower third.”

Lockhart also recommended that networks “cut away if he goes off text and starts lying” during his address, as the president has been known to improvise from prepared remarks in the past.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) revealed on Monday that only six immigrants had been encountered on the U.S-Mexico border in the first half of fiscal year 2018 whose names were on a federal government list of known or suspected terrorists, according to CBP data obtained exclusively by NBC News.

The low number of apprehensions directly contradicts public statements made by several Trump administration officials, including White House press secretary Sarah Sanders, who claimed on Friday that CBP had stopped nearly 4,000 known or suspected terrorists from crossing the southern border in fiscal year 2018.

Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace confronted Sanders this weekend when she attempted to push the debunked figure pushed by the Trump administration.

Vice President Mike Pence in October repeated a “pants on fire” claim that the Trump administration had “apprehended more than 10 terrorists or suspected terrorists per day at our southern border from countries that are referred to in the lexicon as ‘other than Mexico.’ That means from the Middle East region,” Pence falsely claimed at the time.

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen parroted the same figure to reporters on Monday.


More in NEWS

To Top