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Trump Tweets NY Times Ratings Article But Omits ‘Dangerous’ Public Health Risk Portion

As the coronavirus crisis continues to unfold, President Donald Trump took time on Sunday to go on a new tweetstorm against the media coverage on his administration’s pandemic response.

“The Lamestream Media wants us to fail. That will NEVER happen!” Trump said. “Polls are showing tremendous disapproval of Lamestream Media coverage of the Virus crisis. The Fake News just hasn’t figured that out yet!”

Trump finished by reminding everyone the White House will hold another press conference, but he worked in another jab about how “the Lamestream Media is going CRAZY” over the viewership his briefings have seen.

It seems Trump was referring to New York Times’ recent coverage on how high the White House’s briefing ratings have been while people are isolating themselves at home and watching the government’s reaction to the pandemic. However, the piece also explores the internal debates among news outlets on whether to air these briefings live, due to the false and misleading information Trump has pushed on the coronavirus.

UPDATE – 2:38 p.m. ET: Trump confirmed he was referring to Michael Grynbaum’s piece by promoting several portions from it in a series of follow-up tweets.

However, the president made a glaring omission to the piece in order to erase the unflattering mentions of his false statements.

Here’s how Trump quote-tweeted the introduction

President Trump is a ratings hit. Since reviving the daily White House briefing Mr. Trump and his coronavirus updates have attracted an average audience of 8.5 million on cable news, roughly the viewership of the season finale of ‘The Bachelor.’

Here’s what Grynbaum wrote:

President Trump is a ratings hit, and some journalists and public health experts say that could be a dangerous thing.

Since reviving the daily White House briefing — a practice abandoned last year by an administration that bristles at outside scrutiny — Mr. Trump and his coronavirus updates have attracted an average audience of 8.5 million on cable news, roughly the viewership of the season finale of “The Bachelor.

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