Trump is bragging on Twitter about his coronavirus briefings getting lots of viewers - 2020-03-29
President Donald Trump boasted about the ratings of his daily live news conferences on the coronavirus Sunday, and suggested that the large viewer numbers — rather than the misleading remarks he has made during them — are fueling discussions in the media about ending the practice of broadcasting them live and unfiltered.
"Because the 'Ratings' of my News Conferences etc. are so high, 'Bachelor finale, Monday Night Football type numbers' according to the [[[:Category:New York Times|New York Times]]], the Lamestream Media is going CRAZY," Trump tweeted Sunday afternoon.
Trump followed that tweet with four others that quoted a New York Times story that referred to the president's daily briefings as "a ratings hit."
But while Trump is framing the debate about whether his briefings should be broadcast live as stemming from envy or political ambition in the liberal press, in reality the arguments from columnists and staffers at CNN and MSNBC have centered on Trump showering the public with dangerous misinformation and spreading false narratives about the state of the coronavirus pandemic.