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But after more than 53,000 Americans have died from the novel coronavirus, the briefings, opinion polls suggest, have not bolstered Trump's popularity among voters as he gears up to battle Democrat Joe Biden in the presidential election in November.

The real reason why he's stopped the briefings.

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Trump has used the briefings to occupy television screens and promote his administration's policies, fend off critics and attack political rivals -- from opposition Democrats to China to the U.S. media.

I don't think he would abandon briefings.

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It's a win-win for everybody. The world gets less of Donnie's hot air, and Donnie gets more time to play golf and watch TV.

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His presence are these briefings are detrimental to our country.m because of Donny’s incompetence. Smh.

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Trump should have learned and followed Abe regarding press briefing: reading the script, followed by no question, no answer. And silent media control.

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Not to worry, he will be back part 2.

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Poor widdle baby.

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I used to be proud to be an American.

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President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday that his daily coronavirus briefings were not worth his time,

Good news! But does anyone know if he was being sarcastic, making a joke, being serious, just flat out lying once again, or whether he'll flip-flop tomorrow knowing he needs to be in the spotlight like he was as a reality TV star.

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I sure hope no kids were listening to what Trump said and start injecting themselves with Lysol or something of that nature. Since Trump suggested injecting disinfectants into their bodies, he should be the first test subject.

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He's very tedious.

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What, the Five-O-Clock Follies starring Donnie the Clown is being cancelled? My favorite comedy show...

Well, there goes a lot of laughs - it's rare to see a show where the host is both hilarious and humiliated...

On the other hand, it will help his supporters who believed his fairy tale that mainlining Clorox will cure you of the virus...

So I guess in the end, it will likely save lives...

Speaking of lives, today's total deaths was over 53K - 3K more than two days ago. The total US fatalities in Vietnam was 58K, so we'll be surpassing that number soon.

That will be the legacy of Donald Trump...more American lives lost than in two wars (Korea and Vietnam) due to his ignorance and incompetence...

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"Not worth the time & effort!"

In other words, people can clearly see what a moron this man truly is.

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If I was him, to bypass msm, I would put loudspeakers in every village, town and city, and make a national broadcasts twice a day.

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"What is the purpose of having White House News Conferences when the Lamestream Media asks nothing but hostile questions, & then refuses to report the truth or facts accurately," Trump wrote. "They get record ratings, & the American people get nothing but Fake News. Not worth the time & effort!"

He is correct about that. The fake media are a disgrace.

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The fake media are a disgrace.

Stop watching it then. Donny has done half of the job for you by taking his crackpot theories off the air. All you have to do is stop watching the other fake news that's driving the right insane.

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He is correct about that. The fake media are a disgrace.

I agree. That people pay attention to infowars, Breitbart, any of the dozens of wack Internet and social media 'influencers', #chan, foreign state sponsored outlets like RT, Hannity, shock jocks like Limbaugh, corporate media like the outlets owned by Murdoch, Sinclair Broadcasting and so many others says a lot about them.

Fortunately in nations with free, for-profit press, people have choices. They're free to listen to and believe anyne they want.

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He went out on a high with his idea of injecting disinfectant.

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He is correct about that. The fake media are a disgrace.

Stop watching Fox Fake News then. They said COVID was no worse than the normal flu for months

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President Donald Trump tweeted Saturday that his daily coronavirus briefings were not worth his time, two days after sparking a furor by suggesting patients might be injected with disinfectant to kill an infection.

He appeared to confirm media reports that he was considering halting the briefings, which dominate early-evening cable television news for sometimes more than two hours, out of frustration with questions about his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

What a __(insert crude name for body part he said he grabbed on the Access Hollywood tape)

Can't take a little back and forth with a free press Donnie?

And you know, most of them are WOMEN....

How weak and pathetic can you get...gets asked a few questions and he runs back to hide in his basement where he can watch Faux News 24/7...

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Can't take a little back and forth with a free press Donnie?

I'm amazed people still believe the US MSM is free!

But after more than 53,000 Americans have died from the novel coronavirus,

No, more than 53,000 Americans have died with the novel coronavirus,

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@rawbeerI'm amazed people still believe the US MSM is free!

I still don't understand what far rightists mean when MSM is mentioned, nor what you mean by 'free', but given the US is ranked 43rd on the 'press freedom ranking' I agree it needs to become 'freer'. That's why I'm sure you'll agree what Trump's DOJ led by his appointee Barr are doing in going after opinion articles critical of Trump needs to be challenged. Media outlets need to remain 'free' to question government and its leaders. Who would want a China/North Korea/Russia/Iran/Saudi Arabia type media.

https://rsf.org/en/ranking_table

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Heh heh. "Fake media" - what does that even mean?

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At last, Trump has now realised that he has fooled no one, but himself in his daily briefings.

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I still don't understand what far rightists mean when MSM is mentioned, nor what you mean by 'free', but given the US is ranked 43rd on the 'press freedom ranking' I agree it needs to become 'freer'.

Basically, the western MSM is not there to inform us, but just to push an agenda. The term "fake news" is very appropriate.

Who would want a China/North Korea/Russia/Iran/Saudi Arabia type media.

Indeed, Americans are still free to ignore mainstream news and get their information elsewhere. But the powers that be are making this more and more difficult...

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Americans are still free to ignore mainstream news and get their information elsewhere.

Which sources do you recommend?

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But the powers that be are making this more and more difficult..

I don't know which country you live in, but from here in Japan I can access a huge number of 'media' sites presenting a full spectrum of beliefs on just about any topic I can think of. With no difficulty whatsoever. Curious how the powers that are in your country are making things more difficult for you.

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Greatest decision by Trump as long as he doesn't attend anymore. Leave it to people who actually know what they are talking about. Trump kept saying how he's not a doctor (wonderful that he knows that without having to ask anyone) so he just needs to shut up. The Complainer-in-Chief is an utter embarrassment.

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Which sources do you recommend?

This is where it gets tricky for them.

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I don't know which country you live in, but from here in Japan I can access a huge number of 'media' sites presenting a full spectrum of beliefs on just about any topic I can think of.

I'm in Japan too. Many of the sites I used to enjoy have been banned or demonetized; and no I'm not referring to sites like Infowars or Stormfront. Others are made difficult to find if you try Googling them. I guess the sites you visit don't say anything critical of the powers that be...

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Americans are still free to ignore mainstream news

Fox News is the most watched news channel in America. It is factually the mainstream media. They paint themselves as the "little guy against the big guy" as a business model and lambast "the rich"... Of which they are complete a part of, to the worst degree (Sean Hannity railing against "the elite" while receiving a 36 million dollars yearly salary). So Fox News complaining about the bias of a "mainstream media" would be like Baskin and Robbins complaining that ice cream makes people fat.

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Others are made difficult to find if you try Googling them.

Like I said, naming actual 'non-fake' news sources is very tricky for them.

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Trump’s lambasting of journalists pretensions to impartiality, their bogus claims to be telling the truth at all times and without fear or favour, is right on the mark. Though it likes to pretend otherwise, the media is as beholden to powerful interests as any ‘greed is good’ Wall Street or Silicon Valley corporate stooge.

Vested interests, expert at preserving the undeserved privileges they’ve extorted from the American people, conjured the Trump genie into existence and it won’t go back until the root causes are addressed. No one giving fifty briefings in two months could be expected to stick robotically to a script and only the most obtuse really believe that his off the cuff asides endanger public health.

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Trump says briefings not worth his time”

The feeling is mutual.

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@Raw Beer

So what sources do you recommend?

If you are unable to do this, can you tell me why people who attack the MSM are so reticent to tell us what sources are better? It would be a bit of a consolation prize.

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So what sources do you recommend?

If you are unable to do this, can you tell me why people who attack the MSM are so reticent to tell us what sources are better?

I have my sources. If I felt you were sincerely looking for a good source of information I would gladly tell you...

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I am following his advice, 50/50 Bleach and Listoral. There have been some side affects my skin has taken on lusty orange hew, I have to wear chapps due to leakage issues and my heart stops quite often. But all in all I feel great, thank you Mr President.

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@rawbeer Others are made difficult to find if you try Googling them. I

Try Yandex, then. Try Baidu. Try another search engine. Demonetized? Something about for profit comes to mind.

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Gee, I feel bad about all the mean things I was saying about him and how stupid he is.

Sorry, Trump, I didn’t know you were so emotionally frail. I take it all back. Look,see? I’m injecting myself with sunlight now and you were right, my Coronavirus is completely cured! Does that turn your frown upside down?

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I have my sources. If I felt you were sincerely looking for a good source of information I would gladly tell you...

I am. I’m a very sceptical type. I view what I read in the MSM with some scepticism and I’ll treat your sources with the same approach.

I’ve been here so many times before. Come on, don’t be exactly like all the others who who ‘think differently’ and get all coy about their sources when asked. Break from this herd. Do it on your own initiative.

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Sarcasm from geniuses is hard to catch sometimes, and often, unfortunately, it resembles the speech of dementia patients or drunks. Media should redouble their efforts to catch the subtle phrasing...

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Hahahaha! The best part of this is that we know this is going to hurt poor Donnie himself the most. He's not allowed to do campaign rallies, so this was his surrogate for them, and without it he cannot brag about himself in public. On the other hand, he can now only continue to hate watch everyone pointing out how much of a complete moron he is, with not media platform with cameras to stand in front of. No, I'm sure he won't be able to stand this for even a week. He'll go back, he'll just say no media allowed except a couple of butt-licking groups such as FOX and whatever that one even worse than it is that Trump turns to when even FOX says negative things about him. Poor baby Trump!

In any case, sure enough there are Trump ers all over certain states calling in and asking their doctors if they should injects themselves with bleach. Trump supporters really are that stupid. And stupider still is when they actually do know it's wrong but support the president's comments.

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Raw Beer: "I have my sources. If I felt you were sincerely looking for a good source of information I would gladly tell you..."

Nah, the truth is you're just scared, because you know they are not actually news at all, but sites like InfoWars or white supremacist conspiracy sites that have no credibility at all. That is why you will not cite them.

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I have my sources. If I felt you were sincerely looking for a good source of information I would gladly tell you...

This is a lot of words to say, “I don’t actually have any.”

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Boss Tweet ran from the podium as if his pants were on fire and his rear was catching. Trump has started his long retreat from public view and the dejection in his face shows that he now realizes he has lost his mojo to corona. The indolent imbecile always came to his daily press briefings without doing his homework, totally unprepared, apart from a quick skim of his brief with his sharpie, and only after binge-watching hours of "fake" TV news that served to put his brain into a catatonic state. Unable to master the facts, take the appropriate action and report to the American people in a coherent and responsible manner as befits his office, Trump finally exposed himself as "The Emperor with No Brain". He has served no purpose as a leader. He will not be missed.

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There's no point in briefing people about things in which you have absolutely no clue about, so don't say anything and leave the briefings to the experts. PLEASE!

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This sums it up nicely:

https://youtu.be/SIG84dN0Z-E

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what will the media do without him ? people pay tax , governments holds press conferences every minute for all sorts of things .. the media interprets based on sales ..

not you are not stupid for commenting here .. you are just bored .. that is ok

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I have my sources. If I felt you were sincerely looking for a good source of information I would gladly tell you...

Sounds about as legit as the famous "Of course I have a girlfriend! But she lives in Canada" line.

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Trump’s lambasting of journalists pretensions to impartiality,

He wouldn’t if they were impartial, but the majority of the msm are not.

their bogus claims to be telling the truth at all times and without fear or favour, is right on the mark. Though it likes to pretend otherwise, the media is as beholden to powerful interests as any ‘greed is good’ Wall Street or Silicon Valley corporate stooge.

Well, since they work and are the mouthpiece for the Democrats and the fact that the majority of them are liberals their number one priority is to get Trump and oust him, case in point, CNN wouldn’t show one of their own archive videos of Larry King interviewing Biden’s alleged accusers mother called his show, the woman “Tara Reade” accused Biden of touching her inappropriately. CNN didn’t want to go near it. None of these so called fair and impartial journalists even tried to interview this woman, where is the #metoo movement crowd? I thought without question as Biden said, we should always believe the woman when she comes forth with sexual assault allegations and now not one of these people, the ones that wanted Kavanaugh’s head and demand Christine Blasey Ford be believed no matter what. Spare me.

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I have my sources.

Let me guess, "The Onion" and "Rising Wasabi".

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Trump on Friday claimed he had been speaking "sarcastically."

Trump’s go to when he says something stupid. It’s pretty clear he doesn’t know what sarcastic means either.

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Run Donny Run!

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Nah, the truth is you're just scared, because you know they are not actually news at all, but sites like InfoWars or white supremacist conspiracy sites that have no credibility at all. That is why you will not cite them.

Yeah, if it isn't MSM, then it must be "sites like InfoWars or white supremacist conspiracy sites", how predictable. There can't possibly be any serious investigators discussing peer-reviewed medical journals...

Let me guess, "The Onion" and "Rising Wasabi".

The Onion might be more credible than CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS....

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There can't possibly be any serious investigators discussing peer-reviewed medical journals...

Then why won't you help us all by providing them?

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Then why won't you help us all by providing them?

It's frightening to see how many have no sources more credible than the US MSM.

Perhaps I have misjudged Fredo...

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It's frightening to see how many have no sources more credible than the US MSM

....You still haven't answered the question. Why won't you help us all by providing them?

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Yeah, if it isn't MSM, then it must be "sites like InfoWars or white supremacist conspiracy sites", how predictable. There can't possibly be any serious investigators discussing peer-reviewed medical journals...

No name? No link?

So predictable.

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Yeah, if it isn't MSM, then it must be "sites like InfoWars or white supremacist conspiracy sites", how predictable. There can't possibly be any serious investigators discussing peer-reviewed medical journals...

This not how, “I don’t actually have any links or names to share” is spelled.

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It's frightening to see how many have no sources more credible than the US MSM.

It’s painfully transparent that you have nothing to offer.

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There can't possibly be any serious investigators discussing peer-reviewed medical journals...

I am sure there are. But using a critical approach, claims need to be evidenced and without it we can be sceptical.

The fact that you used the phrase "demonetized" about your sources earlier suggests that it is a YouTube channel that spreads verifiable misinformation.

So are all your sources Kremlin propaganda fronts? And if not, name one.

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Trump's new campaign song, sung to tune from Mary Poppins;

Just a spoon full of Clorox makes the virus go way, the virus go way, the virus go way...

Just a spoon full of Clorox makes the virus go away - in the most deadly wayyyy....

I can see Pence singing it now...

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I wonder how many people might try what he's suggested? ie injecting a household cleaner or other stuff, jeees, how irresponsible is that? The US is well known for sueing the pants of every thing and every body, I wonder if this could lead to a court case where Mr or Mrs X has tried this, and has died due to the supreme leaders thoughts. it could go down in history as the Imbleachment tapes.

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After a strong rebuff of his suggestion by top medical experts and disinfectant manufacturers, Trump on Friday claimed he had been speaking "sarcastically."

So basically, Trump just admitted that anything he says has a possibility of being construed as sarcasm, even when it's a topic like the Corona Virus, that should be talked about seriously. That means, we shouldn't really take anything he says at all seriously. Well, I already figured that out, and the majority of people already know that, but I guess Trump himself has made it official. In essence, he is saying: "Don't take anything I say seriously!"

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Some folks on this thread are asking for an alternative to the MSM. The best, most informative source is the one Don doesn't watch, otherwise he would be a lot smarter and woke:

"Democracy Now!", presented by Amy Goodman (online).

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Trump craves attention, so he'll be back doing the briefings, I predict, on Tuesday.

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Mad if there is a briefing, mad if there isnt.

Mad if he talks, mad if he doesnt

Mad if he listens to the "experts", mad if he doesnt.

Just something to distract from things you dont want known.

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