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Geraldo Rivera denounced the “amateurish” behavior of MSNBC and CNN for interrupting President Donald Trump’s daily coronavirus news briefings to give viewers their own version of the facts.
The Fox News correspondent-at-large called out the “very dishonest” practice on “The Sean Hannity Show” on the radio Wednesday, criticizing the networks’ decisions to not carry the press briefings from the White House during the coronavirus pandemic live and uninterrupted.
“I tweeted out today to my colleagues at MSNBC and CNN that I thought it was really amateurish of them to not carry the President’s task force briefings, that they were doing not only harming themselves in terms of ratings but doing a disservice to their audience,” Rivera said, referring to his social media message on Wednesday.
To my colleagues at #MSNBC & #CNN Your decision to cut away from or not carry daily Presidential Corona Briefing not only hurts your ratings but more importantly is a disservice to your viewers.
Let @realDonaldTrump & experts make their point-then fact check or bust their chops.
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) April 15, 2020
“What they should do, and granted that they disagree with the President on these various points, philosophical or political almost –,” Rivera continued but was momentarily interrupted by Fox News host Sean Hannity.
“Geraldo with all due respect they are not your colleagues, they have spent every waking minute of every day for over three years hating this man irrationally and lying,” he said.
“I’m being gracious to get to this point,” Rivera said.
“I editorialized, I tweeted that what they should do is — if they want to fact check him or if they want to like, you know, really give him a hard time and roast him over the coals, let the audience see what he said and then do it,” he continued.
“Don’t preempt him and then try to categorize or define what he was saying, it’s very dishonest, and it’s not doing your audience a service, and there’s a reason the audience is deserting them even more rapidly than they were prior to this point,” Rivera said.
President Trump lashed out at the media during Monday’s coronavirus press briefing at the White House, playing a scathing video compilation titled “The Media Minimized The Risk From the Start.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) April 14, 2020
“It’s very sad when people write false stories,” Trump said after the video ended.
CNN cut away from the live news briefing on Monday as the video began, deciding for its viewers that they did not need to see it and make their own assessments.
“To play a propaganda video at taxpayer expense in the White House briefing room is a new — you can insert your favorite word here in this administration,” CNN anchor John King said at the time.
CNN banner right now pic.twitter.com/oA6IK9zuY2
— Shimon Prokupecz (@ShimonPro) April 13, 2020
MSNBC also balked at the video, breaking away from the coverage.
“We are cutting into what was not a White House coronavirus briefing,” MSNBC host Ari Melber told viewers.
“I would love to be able to say that we have a very honest press,” Trump said at the briefing. “And I don’t mind being criticized, but not when they’re wrong, not when people have done such a great job.”
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