Wednesday, September 16th 2020, 11:33:22 am
President Donald Trump's campaign rallies are getting less attention on television this election cycle. Particularly when they're held indoors, during a global pandemic, like his campaign stop in Henderson, Nev., on Sunday night.
Compared with coverage of his rallies during the 2016 election cycle, the major broadcast and cable news networks have been less likely to go live with the president on the stump.
The one holdout typically has been Fox News though the president's favorite channel lately has been prone to cut in and out through parts of the speech that meander or conflict with its high-rated prime-time pundits.
But when the president spoke at the Xtreme Manufacturing facility Sunday, Fox did not broadcast the rally. None of the major networks did. Not even C-SPAN, which historically broadcasts his rallies as something of a public service for viewers.
For health reasons, correspondents and camera crews for the leading broadcast and cable news networks mostly reported from outside the facility. The indoor rally was held in violation of state's coronavirus regulations, drawing the ire of Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak, who called it "shameful, dangerous and irresponsible."
It was the campaign's first indoor rally since it held an event in Tulsa, Okla., in June. Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain appeared at that rally without wearing a mask, was hospitalized several days later and eventually died of covid-19, the illness caused by the novel coronavirus; a local reporter who covered the rally, Paul Monies of Oklahoma Watch, said he later tested positive for the coronavirus and was asymptomatic.
Representatives for NBC News and CBS News, which kept their correspondents outside, told The Washington Post on Monday that their networks follow public health...