President Donald Trump turned Monday’s White House coronavirus press briefing into a campaign-style rally by airing a propaganda video montage that attempted to push back against growing criticisms of his administration’s initial bungled response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
MSNBC anchor Ari Melber explained to viewers why the network decided to cut away from the president’s campaign rally-style briefing.
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) April 13, 2020
“We are going to avoid airing any more of this White House briefing until it returns to what is was supposed to be, which was the Coronavirus Task Force providing medical information,” Melber explained.
“What we just saw, I want to be very clear with viewers, was a video the White House put out which suggests they are spending their precious time right now making videos that defend the president’s record of tenure rather that provide the much-needed emergency medical information that was promised at these daily briefings,” he added.
When pressed by reporters, Trump admitted that White House staff has spent several hours putting together the propaganda video to defend his record.
CNN used its Chyron to characterize Trump’s daily brief as a “propaganda session” and an attempt “to rewrite history on coronavirus response.”
PS8/ CNN chyron #2: pic.twitter.com/cFbKiEtG9F
— Seth Abramson (@🏠) (@SethAbramson) April 13, 2020
CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta tweeted: “WH just played what appeared to be a campaign video defending Trump. In the briefing room. Just like a rally.”
WH just played what appeared to be a campaign video defending Trump. In the briefing room. Just like a rally
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) April 13, 2020
PBS White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor tweeted: “President Trump just showed a video in the WH briefing room defending this response to the coronavirus. The video was essentially a campaign video with cherry picked cable videos aimed at only telling the president’s side.”
Straight up North Korea-style propaganda going on right now in the White House briefing room. Get a load of the dramatic music. pic.twitter.com/p3KO6Ap2Sp
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 13, 2020
Here’s part of the campaign-style video aired during the briefing: