Received this e-mail today from Pod Save America’s Jon Favreau on behalf of the Progressive Congressional Campaign Committee:
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Hey there. It's Jon Favreau, co-host of Pod Save America and former Obama speechwriter.
Sorry to invade your inbox, but I have a pretty important ask.
Donald Trump is lying on television again — but this time, we’re in the middle of a global pandemic, where his lies could literally kill people.
Trump’s daily briefings are carried live by every network, which means that millions of Americans are receiving misinformation about a public health crisis that’s unfiltered and mostly unchallenged.
It has to stop. Cover the news. Cover the facts. But there is zero reason to give the President a free campaign commercial every day where he's free to spread lies that put people’s lives at risk.
Will you join me and thousands of PCCC members in calling on all major TV networks to stop airing the daily Trump Show? Click here to sign the petition. (After you sign, you’ll be given other opportunities to pressure the networks.)
In typical Trump fashion, he’s using this crisis to boost his poll numbers.
Yesterday, the President tweeted about the “ratings” his press conferences are getting on the same day that we learned more than 2,000 Americans have already died from the coronavirus.
Trump only cares about Trump. He thinks that higher television ratings lead to higher approval ratings, and so far, he’s right.
Thousands of PCCC members like you have already signed the petition calling on networks to stop live coverage of Trump's lies. The pressure is growing. MSNBC's Chris Hayes refused to play audio of Trump's briefing calling it a “genuine threat to public health.” NPR Seattle says it will not air the briefings at all.
While this is a start, all the major networks need to get on board. Lives are at stake. Donald Trump should not be allowed to spread his dangerous lies when lives are at stake.
Thanks for being in this fight.