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NBC Caught Telling Lies About President Trump

Jeff Katz
March 02, 2020 - 2:02 pm

Is this the new "very fine people" lie?

On NBC's "Sunday Today," host Willie Geist asserted that President Trump called the coronavirus a "hoax," despite that claim being debunked several times. Geist also shared disdain for the idea that it took the first U.S. death for the president to take the virus seriously.

Geist opened by saying, "President Trump, meanwhile, held a rare Saturday news conference to give another update on coronavirus. He was pressed about his comments at a rally Friday night where he called coronavirus a Democratic hoax against his presidency."

But even Geist's own network reported that what the president was actually saying. The night before, "NBC Nightly News" said that President Trump had accused Democrats of politicizing the virus while speaking at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), not that the virus itself was fake.