(RightWing.org) – Even during a national emergency, false information is spreading. A report from CNN claimed the White House was actively discussing a nationwide curfew to help slow the spread of COVID-19. CNN Newsroom Anchor Jim Sciutto tweeted the report on Monday.
New: There are active discussions within the Trump administration to encourage a possible “curfew” across the nation in which non-essential businesses would have to close by a certain time each night. – @CNN reporting
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) March 16, 2020
Moments later, the White House disputed the report. Katie Miller, Vice President Mike Pence’s spokeswoman, spoke out.
This is not correct. https://t.co/Wh458d8TAK
— Katie Miller (@VPPressSec) March 16, 2020
Shortly after Miller’s denial, Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere also said the report was a lie.
This is not true! https://t.co/xhdtRUsOa9
— Judd Deere (@JuddPDeere45) March 16, 2020
Some states, like New York, Connecticut and New Jersey, enacted curfews. In these states, all restaurants and bars will have to move to take-out only after 8 pm. Essential businesses like supermarkets may stay open past curfew if they choose.
The White House released new guidelines asking Americans to avoid contact with groups of 10 people or more for at least 15 days.
It’s possible that CNN confused state-level curfews with potential discussions of a national one in the White House. Given the network’s track record, though, it may have been intentional. Either way, getting the right information out to the public is critical right now. They should be extra careful.
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