'Pod Save America' host urges networks not to air Trump coronavirus briefings

'Pod Save America' host urges networks not to air Trump coronavirus briefings
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Jon Favreau, the former Obama speechwriter and "Pod Save America" host, called Tuesday for networks to no longer carry President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Anderson Cooper: Trump's Bubba Wallace tweet was 'racist, just plain and simple' Beats by Dre announces deal with Bubba Wallace, defends him after Trump remarks Overnight Defense: DOD reportedly eyeing Confederate flag ban | House military spending bill blocks wall funding MORE's coronavirus task force daily briefings, saying they represent a "free campaign commercial every day" that put "lives at risk."

"Trump’s daily briefings are carried live by every network, which means that millions of Americans are receiving misinformation about a public health crisis that’s unfiltered and mostly unchallenged," Favreau said Tuesday in an email petition from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee that asked others to join the effort to pressure cable news networks.

"It has to stop. Cover the news. Cover the facts. But there is zero reason to give the President a free campaign commercial every day where he's free to spread lies that put people’s lives at risk," he adds.

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The afternoon briefings, which often run more than 90 minutes, have been averaging 8.5 million viewers — figures Trump has touted. The briefings typically include remarks from Trump and Vice President Pence, along with a rotating cast of other officials from the administration. 

The officials have generally included the administration's health officials, including the government's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony FauciAnthony FauciFauci: State of US coronavirus outbreak 'really not good' Trump downplaying sparks new criticism of COVID-19 response The Hill's Coronavirus Report: The Hill's Reid Wilson says political winners are governors who listened to scientists and public health experts; 12 states record new highs for seven-day case averages MORE, and the administration's coronavirus task force coordinator, Dr. Deborah Birx, though neither of them have been at every briefing.

The briefings have come under increasing criticism from the left.  

MSNBC host Chris Hayes and CNN's Don LemonDon Carlton LemonNASCAR's Bubba Wallace: 'relieved' FBI investigation found 'this wasn't what we feared it was' Bubba Wallace dismisses FBI findings: 'It's a straight-up noose' Dave Chappelle addresses George Floyd's death, rips Don Lemon in surprise Netflix special MORE have called on the briefings not to be aired despite their respective networks carrying them on a daily basis.

On Monday night, Hayes said while the decision to carry the briefings is "above my pay grade," it is "crazy" and "dangerous" to the public to carry them live. 

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Lemon argued the networks should only supply "snippets" and "pertinent points" to the American public because he feels Trump is "never, ever going to tell you the truth."

Trump has argued that those saying the briefings should not be aired simply want to hurt him politically.

Trump has seen his approval ratings rise over the last few weeks and has received solid ratings on his handling of the pandemic, with 60 percent of those polled by Gallup approving of Trump's performance.