After MSNBC cut off coverage of the Monday White House coronavirus taskforce briefing featuring President Trump, former ‘New York Times’ executive editor Howell Raines called it “one of the most astonishing acts of disinformation” since Vietnam. Raines’ tenure at the ‘Times’ ended after the Jayson Blair plagiarism scandal. “I think this is one of the most astonishing acts of disinformation we’ve seen from the White House since the Vietnam era and the 5:00 follies of Lyndon Johnson’s administration. some smart,” Raines said. “What we are seeing is a kind of imploding presidency,” Raines continued. “With an implosion, you have to have a black hole at the center. I think what we have here is a black hole that consists of two elements. President Trump’s extremely fragile ego and his distrust of expertise in government experts.” “When I watched Dr. Fauci just now I was reminded as I am often by he and the other doctors that come out, they remind me of nervous parents trying to cope with a 3-year-old on a sugar high. This is a very grim moment,” Raines said.