Last week's presidential debate was widely dismissed as a disgrace. A fly generated the most buzz in this week's vice presidential debate. And now, President Trump is threatening pull out of next week’s town hall. How did we get to this point?

Following the coronavirus outbreak at the White House, several members of the White House press corps also tested positive. Given the administration’s disregard for basic CDC recommended precautions, how do news organizations balance the healh risk to reporters with the need to cover the White House?

MassLive is putting up a partial paywall to make up for declining revenue during the pandemic, in the hope that news consumers are willing to support quality local content.

The panel reviews the week in media.

On this week’s edition of Beat The Press, Emily Rooney was joined by Callie Crossley of GBH News, Lylah Alphonse, former managing editor of U.S. News & World Report, Adam Reilly of GBH News, and former NECN anchor, Mike Nikitas.