President Donald Trump has told thousands of lies since his inauguration, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that he’s made a few wild claims and shared some false information on the current pandemic.
Giving accurate information in the face of a global health crisis is of utter importance, and some have even urged news outlets to fact check the President or even stop covering his briefings, and instead give updates of accurate information from experts and health officials.
A National Public Radio station in Seattle named KUOW has announced recently that it would stop broadcasting the briefings of the President live due to a pattern of false information that is being repeated from the podium.
The station has good reasons to do this. As we all know, Trump claimed in February that the virus would disappear in the warmer weather, and that like a “miracle” the U.S. would be down from 15 cases to zero cases in only a week.
There are currently more than 70,000 reported cases across the country, and states like New York are facing a shortage of lifesaving medical equipment. Facilities begin to crown, and Trump claimed that he’d invoked the Defense Production Act, which would allow him to mobilize private companies to manufacture much-needed ventilators and surgical masks.
Sadly, though, the Federal Emergency Management Agency informed the nation later that Trump hadn’t actually invoked the DPA.
As a response, Trump said later that it wasn’t necessary for him to enforce the act, because companies like Ford and General Motors had already volunteered and were making the equipment now. Which was also a lie.
Many Twitter users commended the station for the announcement and encouraged other media outlets to do the same.