Clearly unhappy with the media coverage of his Administration's handling of the coronavirus crisis, President Donald Trump tweeted a broadside at broadcast and cable news media in general late Sunday night.
Lumped into the category of "fake news" that was destroying their business were CNN, MSNBC (which he calls MSDNC), ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox (at least "some of it"), The Washington Post and The New York Times.
Last week, even as the President was attacking media outlets as "fake and corrupt" over their reporting of a Google coronavirus website test in California that had apparently been conflated to a national effort by the President, Radio Television News Association president Dan Shelley sent a "thank you" note to journalists for their coverage of the crisis.
"You are combating mis- and disinformation with your constant efforts to seek and report the facts about an unprecedented situation," he wrote. "I also know that you are asking tough questions of our leaders to get the best version of the truth that is obtainable. Do not heed the words of anyone telling you anything different."
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Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.