But sometime in the last three weeks, Mr. Trump seems to have concluded that the briefings could be a showcase for him. Perhaps they substitute in his mind for the campaign rallies he can no longer hold because of the risks. Perhaps he resented the media adulation that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been receiving for his daily show. Whatever the reason, the briefings are now all about the President.
The journal is owned by the Murdochs so this criticism cannot be taken lightly by the right-wing establishment.
Except, of course, if you're Donald Trump, who in his typical moronic fashion tweeted that The Wall Street Journal is now fake news because they have a harsh opinion of how he's using briefings during a pandemic to help his reelection campaign.
And what's more obvious than anything else in his tweet is Trump bragging about the ratings he's getting. People are getting sick and some are dying. Citizens are looking for help and answers and Trump is focused on his Nielsen ratings.
The WSJ responded in a milquetoast fashion but for them that is progress.
We’ll bet the ratings for the briefings would be even higher if they were shorter and more focused. We suggested 45 minutes, but at least one reader who wishes Mr. Trump well thinks they should be 30, delivering an update on key developments, taking a question or two—and that’s it.
COVID is killing people, and Trump is using these life-and-death press conferences to stroke his ego. And you know, ratings are good because everybody is home and not working.