Donald Trump

Where Things Stand: Choosing Between Covering A Sitting POTUS And Reporters’ Health Prime Badge
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The nation’s top news outlets are no strangers to the task of weighing how to cover this unprecedented president. Over the last few years, they’ve wrestled with how to avoid both-siderism, what to do with his distraction techniques, and whether or not to fact-check the blustering, evidence-free speaker.

But now newsroom leaders are facing a new challenge with President Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis: How do they justify risking reporters’ lives in order to cover the public health-defying campaign?

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WASHINGTON, DC - September 23: Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) speaks to journalists before votes on the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on Monday September 23, 2019. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post)
Where Things Stand: Trump Uses COVID Diagnosis To Lean Into Every Trumpian Tendency Ever Prime Badge
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In one of his most reality TV star-in-chief moves yet, President Trump is going to be examined by a physician on Friday night in a segment that will be broadcast exclusively by Fox News.

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TARRYTOWN, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - 2020/10/02: View of Corporate and Research and Development Headquarters of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. on Old Saw Mill River Road. As President Donald Trump contracted COVID-19 he has been administered a dose of experimental Regeneron treatment, according to a memorandum from the President's physician. According to company press release antibody cocktail REGN-COV2 showing it reduced viral load and the time to alleviate symptoms in non-hospitalized patients with COVID-19. REGN-COV2 is a combination of two monoclonal antibodies (REGN10933 and REGN10987) and was designed specifically to block infectivity of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. (Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
President Plays Pitchman For Another Experimental COVID ‘Cure’ Prime Badge
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Where Things Stand: Different Standards Are McConnell’s Favorite Cop-Out Prime Badge
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The Senate majority leader’s hazy statements distancing himself from the administration’s missteps are a staple of his leadership in the Trump era.

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WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 09:  U.S. President Donald Trump meets with members of the airline industry at the White House February 9, 2017 in Washington, DC. Trump held a listening session with the group to advance issues relative to the airline industry. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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