Trump Coronavirus Briefings Become Mini Election Rallies
Washington, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 27th Mar, 2020 ) :Forced by the coronavirus pandemic to suspend reelection rallies, President Donald Trump has converted daily White House briefings on the crisis into mini campaign speeches, dominating the airwaves while his main rival sits quarantined in his basement.
At least that's the idea.
Experts, like renowned infectious diseases doctor Anthony Fauci, line up behind the president. The unquestioned star, though, is their showman-like boss.
Held at around 5:30 or 6:00 pm in Washington, the briefings are hardly brief, clocking in at 90 minutes or more.
Then with an "any questions?" the real show begins.
In his unique style, Trump riffs on everything from foreign policy to his personal achievements, the "dishonest" media, and his own at times off-the-cuff medical opinions. The vibe is instantly recognizable to anyone who has watched the now mothballed Make America Great Again rallies, just minus the cheering.
By the end, journalists in the room -- their numbers slashed to respect social distancing, and dwindling further due to coronavirus quarantines -- are running out of questions. Trump, though, can barely tear himself away from the cameras.
"I've gotten to like this room," he said.
The Trump show, as always, is a hit.
Contrast that to the presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden. The former vice president under Barack Obama was riding high just a few weeks ago with stunning defeats of his final Primary rival, Bernie Sanders.
Like millions of other Americans, the 77-year-old Biden ended up trapped in his home.
This week he has finally sought to bust out of isolation with a studio set up in his book-lined basement. But technical glitches and a campaign machine seemingly unable to shift gears quickly give Biden's early efforts a surprisingly amateur look.
Yet only about 2,000 people were watching.
Trump, meanwhile, was in full flow in the White House briefing room.
- Journalism or propaganda? - Because Trump goes off topic so often and makes medical claims that his experts then have to walk back, some US media organizations are arguing for scaling down the live coverage.
Veteran ABC news interviewer Ted Koppel also said the media needs to rethink traditional coverage of such an untraditional president.
"I recognize that presidential utterances occupy a unique category. Within that category, however, President Trump has created a special compartment all his own."Ari Fleischer, who was White House press secretary under George W. Bush, a Republican, says leftwing journalists are simply trying to isolate Trump from the people.