Soledad O'Brien schools USA Today on why they didn't have to publish factually inaccurate Trump op-ed
Soledad O'Brien (Photo: JD Lasica/Flickr)

USA Today published President Donald Trump's op-ed on Wednesday and have been receiving criticism ever since.


The factually inaccurate piece made several claims by Trump attacking the Medicare for All plan proposed by progressives.

“Throughout the year, we have seen Democrats across the country uniting around a new legislative proposal that would end Medicare as we know it and take away benefits that seniors have paid for their entire lives,” Trump wrote.

The plan, coined by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), would actually expand Medicare to all Americans, which is why it's called "Medicare for All."

Trump also claimed that as a candidate he "promised that we would protect coverage for patients with pre-existing conditions and create new health care insurance options that would lower premiums."

That too wasn't exactly accurate. He may have made the promise as a candidate, but he's already broken the promise. When Republicans sought to overturn the Affordable Care Act, Trump campaigned heavily for a bill that would remove protections for those with pre-existing conditions.

In a tweet Thursday, NPR's Peter Sagal tweeted that he understands USA Today's dilemma, because, "He's the President! Of the United States! How do you say to the President, I'm sorry, unlike every other President since we were founded, we're not letting you print your Op-Ed in our paper because you're a liar and these are lies?"

Journalist and humanitarian Soledad O'Brien said that such a reasoning was "bull."

"How bout—we’re gonna run this through [our] fact checkers and get back to you with some edits, so this piece matches our standards for truthfulness," she replied.

As of August, the majority of Americans want a single-payer healthcare system.