Several mainstream media outlets expressed skepticism of White House statements about President Trump’s health Friday following the announcement that he had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Washington Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan led the charge following the president’s diagnosis, writing a column with the headline, “Journalists, beware: This White House can’t be trusted to be truthful about Trump’s health.”
“With President Trump apparently struck by covid-19 [sic] a month before a critical election and after 200,000 American deaths from the disease, what we really need right now is an entirely credible, fact-based voice from the White House,” Sullivan began, adding, “Good luck with that. With the exception of Anthony S. Fauci, and maybe a few other top medical experts, there isn’t a trusted truth-teller in sight.”
Sullivan then outlined what she called a “culture of lies” in the Trump administration, singling out former Press Secretary Sean Spicer and current Press