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Connections: Tom Nichols on media coverage of President Trump's briefings

Apr 21, 2020

Journalists have debated whether to carry President Trump's daily coronavirus briefings live, or to cover them later in the day only after vetting his comments for accuracy. Conservative author Tom Nichols has decided that someone must chronicle every presidential briefing, and so that's what he does. He writes, in the Atlantic, that the practice of consuming these news conferences is "spiritually corrosive," but he says they must be viewed, in full, to get a complete picture of what the country is experiencing. And Nichols criticizes networks that cut away from the president during the Q&A sessions.

Nichols has become one of the most respected national voices on the subject of understanding expertise. He joins us to discuss journalists' dilemma and why he's taken on this task. Our guest: