The president's approval ratings are rising as he handles the coronavirus pandemic, and one media analyst says it's not a coincidence that some in the mainstream media are cutting away from his daily press conferences while he's speaking.
CNN's Don Lemon is tired of the Trump administration getting an hour or so of facetime a day on his network. On Monday, he suggested the network not air the coronavirus press updates live. "I'm not actually sure, if you want to be honest, that we should carry that live," he said. "I think we should run snippets. I think we should do it afterword."
Then on Wednesday, his network and MSNBC cut away from the briefing as President Trump was talking.
Media Research Center's Dan Gainor says the networks are depriving their viewers of vital information.
"What the press is doing is appalling, and I think the American people see it," comments Gainor. "So that's why they're talking about shutting off the president – shutting off our means of communication, our information exchange in a time of national crisis."
He says this would have been unthinkable in the past.
"All they want to do is target him. Imagine for a second them doing that to FDR after Pearl Harbor, or even after Midway," the media analyst poses. "Midway was an enormous American victory, but it was still a costly victory. Imagine the press trying to second guess the president of the United States in a war-time situation."
The president"s overall approval ratings and America's view of his handling of the pandemic are on the rise, so Gainor says the mainstream media is doing everything it can to present a counter-narrative.
"They're working from one script. Everything Trump does, everything Republicans do in Congress, everything conservatives support is wrong," he concludes.