Trump White House Bars Press From Filming or Recording Coronavirus Briefing
The photo-only press briefing came as the Trump administration is reportedly working to clamp down on White House coronavirus messaging. Federal scientists and health officials, according to the New York Times, are now required to coordinate with Pence on all public appearances and statements related to the outbreak.
Michael Halpern, deputy director of the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists, wrote in a blog post last week that Trump’s effort to “muzzle” federal scientists “is a highly dangerous power grab that undermines both emergency response and public faith in the reliability of information coming out of the government.”
“If this censorship and retaliation trend continues, we can expect more gross incompetence in handling the virus’ spread,” Halpern warned. “More people will get needlessly sick and more people will needlessly die.”