White House Responds To Seattle NPR’s Decision To Stop Airing Coronavirus Press Conferences

Christian Datoc Senior White House Correspondent
Font Size:

The White House criticized Wednesday the Seattle-area NPR station’s recent decision to stop airing the coronavirus task force press briefings.

“It’s not surprising, but also a failure of their duty to the American people, that some media outlets would choose to block their audiences from receiving accurate, up-to-date information on President Trump’s whole-of-government approach to slowing the spread of COVID-19,” White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere told Daily Caller. “No other Administration has been as transparent and as accessible as this one, and we will continue to make sure this Nation hears from its leaders and top health experts during this global pandemic.”

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 08: White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere and Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham (C) listen to U.S. President Donald Trump talk to reporters before he boards Marine One and departing the White House November 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump is traveling to Atlanta, Georgia, where he plans to kick off his Black Voices for Trump Coalition, an effort to attract more African-American voters. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

(Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

President Donald Trump formed the White House task force back in January and has attended nearly every single daily briefing the White House has held since setting the schedule in February. A rotating cast of task force members — including Vice President and task force leader Mike Pence, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Deborah Birx, Surgeon General Jerome Adams, and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar — also attend and give the White House press pool and their national audiences the latest updates on both the spread of coronavirus and the government’s efforts to fight the pandemic.

The briefings are publicly streamed on the White House’s website, and are carried by all of the major television networks and radio stations. (RELATED: This Map Shows How Many Have Died From COVID-19 In Each State)

KUOW, the NPR station broadcasting across Washington’s Puget Sound, announced Tuesday night that they “will not be airing the briefings live due to a pattern of false or misleading information that cannot be fact checked in real time.”

The station noted it will still monitor the briefings and will “continue to share all news relevant to Washington State.”

Washington is among the three states hardest hit by the coronavirus.