Amid coronavirus crisis, Trump leans on a new media friend

President Trump calls on a reporter during the daily coronavirus news briefing at the White House. <span class="copyright">(Win McNamee / Getty Images)</span>
President Trump calls on a reporter during the daily coronavirus news briefing at the White House. (Win McNamee / Getty Images)

President Trump has made contentious exchanges with reporters a feature of his daily coronavirus briefings, often using personal invective to bulldoze past questions about shortfalls with masks, ventilators and testing and his own past statements.

But he has shown an altogether different response to one lesser-known media outlet that he has turned to repeatedly as a safety net, frequently citing them by name:

“OAN, please.”

At one recent briefing, Trump called on the outlet twice and elicited two versions of the same question — or statement.

“Mr. President, your approval ratings have been the highest they’ve ever been, as well as the ratings on your handling of the virus,” Jenn Pellegrino, the OAN correspondent seated among the press, said Sunday. “Yet there are some networks that are saying they’re

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