- The Washington Times
Friday, March 20, 2020

President Trump unloaded on the media Friday for opting for “sensationalism” over prudent reporting as the coronavirus pandemic spreads.

NBC’s Peter Alexander, in particular, drew the president’s ire after asking about “positive spin” and “false hope” coming out of the White House.

“What do you say Americans who are scared, though?” he asked after Mr. Trump sarcastically brushed off the “lovely” question. “Nearly 200 dead, 14,000 who are sick, millions, as you witnessed, who are scared right now.”

“I say that you’re a terrible reporter,” Mr. Trump said. “That’s what I say. I think that’s a very nasty question. And I think it’s a very bad signal that you’re putting out to the American people. The American people are looking for answers and they’re looking for hope. You’re doing sensationalism.”

Mr. Trump then mocked the Comcast media conglomerate as “Con-cast” before defending his administration’s handling of the pandemic to Mr. Alexander.

The president talked about using an anti-malaria drug that hasn’t been clinically tested for treating COVID-19, but has had some anecdotal success.

“Let’s see if it works. It might and it might not. I happen to feel good about it but who knows. I’ve been right a lot. Let’s see what happens,” Mr. Trump said.

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