President Trump touted the sky-high ratings of his White House coronavirus briefings — claiming they are driving the media “crazy” — as he reminded his millions of Twitter followers that another one is coming up Sunday afternoon.
“Because the ‘Ratings’ of my News Conferences etc. are so high, ‘Bachelor finale, Monday Night Football type numbers’ according to [email protected], the Lamestream Media is going CRAZY. Trump is reaching too many people, we must stop him.’ said one lunatic,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “See you at 5:00 P.M.!”
“The Lamestream Media wants us to fail. That will NEVER happen!,” he wrote in another.
Citing numbers from Nielsen, The New York Times reported last Wednesday that the White House briefings featuring the president front and center have drawn prime-time-level audiences on par with “Monday Night Football” and the finale of “The Bachelor.”
Trump noted that Fox News “alone” attracted 6.2 million viewers — “an astounding number for a 6 p.m. cable broadcast, more akin to the viewership for a popular prime-time sitcom.”
The president also mentioned that a CBS News poll found that 13 percent of Republicans trusted the news media “for information about the virus.”
Earlier in the day, Trump alerted his 75 million followers that the White House will hold a briefing at 5 p.m.
“People are working harder than I have ever seen people work. It is a beautiful thing to watch!” he wrote.
There were 132,637 coronavirus cases and 2,385 deaths in the US as of Sunday afternoon.
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