Media Matters: Sunday show coverage of COVID-19 relief negotiations was again filled with false equivalency For months, Republicans failed to make a proposal, and still are split on whether to continue COVID-19 aid at all. Instead of focusing on what was needed, Sunday shows instead frequently just blamed both sides for not coming to an agreement.
During an interview with White House trade adviser Peter Navarro, NBC’s Chuck Todd glossed over Navarro’s claim that Democrats would rather tank the economy and hurt the president than work with Republicans and pass a relief bill.
ABC’s George Stephanopolous presented the negotiations as if both sides were refusing to budge during an interview with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer when he said “you say these proposals are narrow, they’re unworkable, they’re paltry. What the Republicans have said is that your trillion-dollar offer is nothing more than a budget gimmick” before asking Schumer if Democrats “will compromise more?”
During a panel discussion on the August 9 edition of NBC’s , MSNBC anchor Joshua Jackson called it “telling that both sides can’t can't seem to come to an agreement perhaps because of the publicity around these negotiations.” He went on to say “as we get closer to the election, unfortunately less and less is getting agreed to.”