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This is a stunning quote.…
That’s the White House communications shop saying on the record that the doctors’ on-camera briefing to the American people presented a false picture of his health to boost his mood, but the WH COS leaked the truth anonymously to reporters afterward to provide “transparency.”
every newspaper that’s running a headline about Trump going back to the WH tomorrow is amplifying admitted propaganda intended to make him feel better, not a reliable source of factual information.
And to be clear, he may go back to the WH tomorrow for all I know, but we have plenty of indications his condition is serious and no reliable reason to think he’s out of the woods. Allowing a propaganda broadcast to obscure that truth is really toxic.
Kudos to NYT. No points for you, WaPo.

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