Trump’s daily pandemic briefings have devolved into an “open-mic night” full of “misinformation,” cable staffers said, but networks are still broadcasting nearly every moment live.
Some staffers, including executives, will see a nearly 25-percent pay cut. CEO Jonah Peretti confirmed he will not take a salary as the crisis continues.
“The job is by definition high-risk for transmission of COVID-19. We bunch up around each other... and pile into press galleries,” said one reporter.
“We are indeed entering a uniquely bad environment for the revenue side of our business,” G/O Media CEO Jim Spanfeller wrote to staffers in a memo on Saturday.
Chairman Andy Lack said in a memo early Friday that coworkers said the employee was a “gentle giant who would give you the shirt off his back.”
The anchor reported experiencing a “super mild” sore throat just days after a Today show staffer tested positive for the virus.
At a White House press conference, Pence said travel restrictions on the U.K. and Ireland would be implemented from Monday.