‘It Is All a Plot’: Don Lemon Opposes Airing Trump’s Coronavirus Press Briefings in Full

CNN’s Don Lemon is calling on news outlets to avoid one thing while covering the coronavirus.

Lemon and Chris Cuomo have differences over whether networks should air President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force briefings live.

“I’m not actually sure, if you want to be honest, that we should carry that live,” Lemon said, adding, “I think we should run snippets, I think we should do it afterwards and get the pertinent points to the American people because he’s never ever going to tell you the truth.”

Watch his comments below:

Lemon went on to explain how Trump will not answer questions because, as the CNN host says, the president wants to make his base think “the media is being mean to him.”

“It is all a plot, it is all orchestrated,” Lemon said, continuing, “If you can’t see it, I don’t know what you’re looking at.”

Lemon then equated the coronavirus task force briefings to Trump’s rallies.

Cuomo had something different to say.

“I’m saying play all of it. I want to hear everything he has to say,” Cuomo said, adding, “I want it all to be out there and I want him to be held to account.”

Lemon proceeded to imitate Trump answering questions. He suggested running coverage of the briefing after it has already happened and put it in context.

“I don’t like wasting people’s time and I don’t like people being bamboozled,” Lemon later added.

Cuomo and Lemon touched on Trump’s initial response to the coronavirus crisis.

The conversation pivoted to the 2020 presidential election and what it might look like for Trump.

“At the end of the day, this will be the measure of whether or not he gets reelected,” Cuomo said, adding, “Whether the American people think that on balance he did what he needed to do to get them through this.”

The CNN political commentators’ comments come shortly after Trump announced he will be extending social distancing guidelines to April 30 at Sunday’s coronavirus task force briefing, as IJR previously reported.


  1. Because of all of the misinformation that he spreads, King Donald The Loser is a national health risk and it is irresponsible to cover him live. Vet his comments first before going on the air with what he says. 

  2. Hmm. If the media stops covering the conferences they lose so many opportunities to question, attack, deride, and misquote. Maybe they are right and the president and his staff should just hold conferences without ANY reps from media outlets that refuse coverage.

    News black out goes both ways you pinhead.

    They are arguing for Joe Bidenesque monologues, err, podcasts with interludes from Drs. Fauci or Birx with the occasional guest-star.

    1. If all of Trump’s conferences need to be clarified or statements walked back then why cover them?

      Trump is touting ratings of the conferences since he started attending – they USED to be factual. Admittedly, Pence was doing a great job communicating facts and giving voice to the rest of the task force if he couldn’t respond.

      If forcing people to watch constantly to understand what is misinformation, what is going to be walked back 24 hours later, what is just hopeful aspirations, etc… then he is doing a great job.

      If the goal is to keep people informed and understanding actual impacts to them then he is missing the mark.

      1. “If the goal is to keep people informed and understanding actual impacts to them then he is missing the mark.”

        Isn’t that EXACTLY what journalists are supposed to do? By calling a news “blackout” on covering his press conferences then they are doing EXACTLY what you say. Missing theirs and professional responsibilities.

  3. Wow. Lemon takes his role as “gatekeeper” seriously and advocates the media control what, when, and where it disseminates news. Good thing there are other sources.

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