Station Says They'll Stop Airing Trump's Live Virus Briefings To Protect People

Holly Matkin

KUOW alleged that President Donald Trump has demonstrated a "pattern of false or misleading information."

Seattle, WA – A Seattle public radio station has announced that it will no longer air President Donald Trump’s live COVID-19 briefings due to an alleged “pattern of false or misleading information.”

KUOW released a statement about the decision to sensor the President’s daily live addresses on Wednesday.

“We will continue to cover these briefings – but believe it is imperative that they are fact-checked, which is a challenge during a live broadcast,” the radio station said. “KUOW weighs each decision about preempting regular programming individually, based on perceived news value in the moment and whether a preemption is of the highest value to our local audience.”

KUOW denied allegations that the move was “politically based.”

“After airing the White House briefings live for two weeks, a pattern of false information and exaggeration increasingly had many at KUOW questioning whether these briefings were in the best service of our mission—to create and serve a more informed public,” the radio station’s statement read.

KUOW said it was especially concerned about the “potential impact of false information on the health and safety” of the community.

The radio station said it decided to nix the live broadcasts due to alleged “exaggerations and false information” President Trump made regarding chloroquine, empty store shelves, and the amount of foresight officials had pertaining to the looming pandemic.

KUOW said it will continue to share “relevant” information from the briefings “in the format most useful to our listeners.”

“KUOW will continue to treat all opportunities for live preemption on a case-by-case basis weighing for importance, news value and immediacy of need-to-know,” the statement concluded.

On Thursday, Seattle Police Officers’ Guild (SPOG) President Mike Solan said that COVID-19 is a public safety issue that should not be politicized.

“In light of the recent decisions made by a local public news affiliate, SPOG will be live streaming all the White House’s press COVID-19 briefings on our social media channels,” Solan said in a statement.

“This is not a time to play partisan politics,” he admonished. “Seattle’s community members deserve the most up to date information during this crisis; this includes life saving medical information from our nation’s Surgeon General and top doctors.”

SPOG said it will continue to do everything in its power to protect and serve, to include live-streaming all White House briefings for the remainder of the COVID-19 crisis.

White House spokesperson Judd Deere said it was “not surprising” that certain media outlets “would choose to block their audiences from receiving accurate, up-to-date information” regarding how the federal government is working to slow the spread of the pandemic, The Hill reported.

By censoring the briefings, such outlets are also failing to fulfill their “duty to the American people,” Deere added.

“No other Administration has been as transparent and as accessible as this one, and we will continue to make sure this Nation hears from its leaders and top health experts during this global pandemic,” he told The Hill.

On Monday night, CBS News, NBC News, ABC News, MSNBC and CNN all cut away from Trump’s briefing – some after just 20 minutes, Business Insider reported.

FOX News covered the briefing in its entirety.

Comments (75)
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Davidtwmay24
Davidtwmay24

Who is surprised when the mainstream media "fake news " doesnt want to cover the real news?

Fltmedk
Fltmedk

People expect a leader to provide factual and credible information especially when it pertains to their well being. Speculation and "gut" feelings surrounded by hyperbolic self serving nonsense is not what people want to hear. Facts saves lives, everything else is counterproductive and jeopardizes everyone.

Marxest
Marxest

Since when the hell did Trump become a doctor who specializes in diseases and pandemics? Trump needs to stop spreading his thoughts and opinions on the Chinese Coronavirus and let Dr Fauci do his job and relay important facts to the American people.

IdiotsEverywher3
IdiotsEverywher3

That’s right... the same media who lies for China and bends over for China is calling Trump a liar. I don’t trust China, msnbc or cnn. I literally watched them twist Trump’s words and roll with a fake story. And pretty sure all those College spring break kids aren’t exactly Trump supporters.... so get off the whole “conservatives don’t think it’s an issue.” Conservatives in rural areas aren’t concerned because they aren’t in heavily populated areas like NYC. (Which NYC URGED people to go out in crowds & Chinese New Year parade in February.) That’s right NYC... just tell your people to go to a Chinese New Year parade with a bunch of people, some of which got of out China during the beginning to come to family here. Smart move

GForce48
GForce48

Not surprised...these are some of the same entities that brought and pushed a false Russia, Russia, Russia narrative for 3 years! They used a false story then and they are using a falsely crafted tale on the President's leadership on the Wuhan Virus now.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

This is that station that told you this...

"Fusion GPS Chiefs Tell The Inside Story Of The Steele Dossier"

"There's an unverified story that has circulated placing Donald Trump in the presidential suite of the Moscow Ritz-Carlton in 2013."

Anyone with half a brain who read the dossier (like me) could immediately determine that it was a piece of fiction.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Just wait until they come up with the plan to take Biden out and get Cuomo the nomination. Betcha they are working on it...

Sargejh
Sargejh

It’s Seattle. Who’s surprised?🙄

tinalou
tinalou

You ppl have issues Dump has been lying since the beginning it’s costing lives

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GForce48
GForce48

Lying about what? President Trump started taking action while the Dems were pushing their bogus impeachment clown show! Lying about what?

Red Tornado
Red Tornado

😂😂😂 This very article and censorship of our POTUS is what gets you the "lies" you speak of. Keep drinking the kool-aid!

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

The first known case of COVID-19 in the U.S. was confirmed on January 20, 2020, in a 35-year-old man who had returned from Wuhan, China, five days earlier. The White House Coronavirus Task Force was established on January 29. Two days later, the Trump administration declared a public health emergency and announced restrictions on travelers arriving from China. On February 26, the first case in the U.S. in a person with "no known exposure to the virus through travel or close contact with a known infected individual" was confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in northern California.

Quit believing everything the mainstream media is telling you Trump said. Listen to Trump himself, and get the full context.

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

Jim H. - Virginia US
Jim H. - Virginia US

flybynight
flybynight

January 2020 ?🙄

flybynight
flybynight

Well there you go with the fact again Jim. 👍

Andrewmusaelian
Andrewmusaelian

And you are full of fresh defication up to your eyes.

Andrewmusaelian
Andrewmusaelian

You are full of fresh defication up to you eyes.

Stanracer
Stanracer

BRAVO KUOW!!!!

Wolfman2253
Wolfman2253

The time and the need for PBS and NPR has long passed, defund both and let them make it on their own or let the patrons support it🤗

BlueGladiator
BlueGladiator

Typical liberal response. I'll bet you enjoy the babblings of mongoloid Joe Biden though?!? GTFOH

BlueGladiator
BlueGladiator

You'll say anything to manipulate people into voting for a Democrat. So childish if you. If you don't like Trumo, fine but making fallacies up is petty. Go vote for the mongoloid Joebama Buden

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Typical left behaviour.cnn n msnbc nbc cbs also not covering..watch FOX to get the truth. Their ratings gonna kill em all..idiots.also Trump's approval rating so high they want to destroy him. WE MUST STAND TOGETHER..DO NOT LET DEMONRATS WIN

Barry34785
Barry34785

What they're really saying is their view is the daily news briefings are helping Trump. Anything that helps Trump they won't be airing.

BlueGladiator
BlueGladiator

This liberal run media propaganda outlet is just wanting to limit airtime because it is in the tank for the Democrats and assisting them in the upcoming election. If Biden was on every day mumbling and bumbling the would definitely show him. They would also say, he never mumbles and bumbles because he needs to beat Trump!

Boater
Boater

Boycott their sponsors. That's the only message these clowns understand.

tuggingalong
tuggingalong

I’d rather decide for myself, whether or not the president is exaggerating or making false claims as opposed to the media filtering the news. We know what happens when they “doctor” the news.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

Perfect! May Washington enjoy their Covid19 infested state, for months to come, thanks to their Trump hating attitude, which comes from the top, their governor. I can see the governor yelling at Trump.. "Hey bitch!' "Throw me that life preserver!"

Woobie46
Woobie46

Here's the best place of all times to get the
TRUTH WATCH OANN...channel 347 on ATT and Direct TV and coming to the other satellite carriers soon...

Patriot 345
Patriot 345

Most of the main steam media is no more than a pravda Russian communist tool. They should be sued and taken off of the air waves.

RunCop
RunCop

Dumb fuck liberals

NoBackupNearby
NoBackupNearby

I used to listen to National Public Radio (NPR) when I was on patrol because I could at least get the news while I was working. I stopped listening to them years ago when they fired Juan Williams, one of the most objective reporters there is (I don't always agree with him), because he worked for NPR and Fox News at the same time and NPR didn't like what he was saying on Fox. As far as CNN and MSNBC, well, consider the sources...

OKeeJuan
OKeeJuan

I hope that someday these ‘journalists’ the self anointed and highly indoctrinated actors hired to express a singular narrative will one day be held accountable for their lack of honesty and integrity. They do not represent a free press nor should they be extended the rights and courtesies afforded to those who are.

LynnSB
LynnSB

Censorship much ?? You should have your license pulled and not allowed to broadcast !!

Buzzard
Buzzard

Another BS "media" slant. Some like calling them fake media but I prefer the term subversive media. Nobody has become a bigger bunch of self serving liars than these same "journalists."


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