When President Obama declared, "If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor," many of the very same reporters who are now bemoaning the lies Donald Trump tells were then attacking Republicans for pointing out Obama was lying. They circled their jerks around Barack Obama defensively and it led to appropriate ridicule when his statement was exposed for a lie.
Now suddenly the same reporters are wringing their hands over whether they should cover the President of the United States's first Oval Office address to the nation.
My views on this President are well documented, but he is still the President of the United States and when he seeks to air an address live from the Oval Office, you air his address. You can fact check him all you want after he speaks. But he is as much your President as Obama was mine. And you should have run Obama's address on immigration too, but the circumstances are, in fact, different. We are in the midst of a government shutdown and the President wants to address the nation.
Bring on every fact checker, pundit, and braying extra-Biblical donkey you want to respond, but you carry the President live. That, my friends, is your job -- to report facts and cover the news. It is not your job to gather the circle of jerks in the bathroom of the Newseum to fret over the President's mendacity. We already know he is at war with the truth, but he is still the lawfully elected President of the United States and you should respect the office no matter how much you hate him personally.
You people cover the President's tweets with wall to wall coverage and multi-thousand word think pieces. It really is ridiculous that if the President were to tweet his remarks, you'd cover it without hesitation. You can cover the President of the United States speaking from the Oval Office or we can stop pretending you are reporters and just all fully embrace you've given up your job and have become partisan censors of what is acceptable.
And then you are no better that you think he is and certainly no better than what he claims you are.
Run the speech live, then critique the hell out of it. Let the Democrats have a formal response. But stop with the stupid handwringing over covering him live. He is the President and you are not arbiters of anything.