The Washington Post published a piece speculating that the reason there are more empty seats at President Trump’s coronavirus press briefings is because journalists are starting to fear for their own health, putting their own well-being ahead of their jobs.
The piece subsequently goes on to mock and deride President Trump and his handling of the briefings, suggesting that now that “veteran White House reporters are on the sidelines,” the media attention will instead shift to right-wing outlets that are more willing to attend; the Post referred specifically to the cable news channel One America News Network, which it described as a “small, far-right conservative news channel that rarely gets such a prominent stage.”
The piece also suggested that journalists are doing so because they feel that the briefings are no longer newsworthy. Defending such a move, it also claims that they are not skipping out on the briefings in an attempt to “boycott” or “silence” the President, even though multiple prominent far-left journalists, such as Jim Acosta, Chris Hayes, and Don Lemon, have all explicitly said that they do wish to silence the President.
In addition, the Post falsely claims that President Trump’s briefings have been spreading “misinformation,” even though there is no evidence to suggest that anything President Trump has said at any of the briefings is false. At his most recent briefing, he unveiled a brand new testing kit developed by Abbott Laboratories, capable of producing coronavirus test results in just five minutes.