Trump’s coronavirus briefings are too dangerous for news media to show them live

Opinion contributor Grizzled journalists have a saying: “If your mother says she loves you, check it out.” While that expression dates back decades, we sadly could alter it for these trying times: “If the president says something, check it out.” That hit home Sunday evening when President Donald Trump led the daily coronavirus Task Force briefing by advocating for hydroxychloroquine , which most of us now know is a drug commonly used to treat malaria but has shown signs of possible efficacy in combating COVID-19. It’s in a trial stage needed to prove whether it works. The president’s advice to the nation, in recommending that people with the disease or even fearful of contracting it seek out hydroxychloroquine: “What do you have to lose?” Perhaps, plenty. The drug, now available as a generic, has been in use for decades and in the wrong circumstances, can have deadly side effects. […]

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