The media has repeatedly tried to pit President Trump against his top pandemic advisors, Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Deborah Birx.
But in a stunning rebuke on a Sunday CNN show, Dr. Birx turned on the media, calling out their frenzied coverage of President Trump’s riff on the use of disinfectant against coronavirus.
The Washington Examiner reports:
On Thursday, Trump discussed two ideas he floated to coronavirus researchers about using UV light or disinfectant injections as a way to kill the coronavirus. His remarks triggered a series of warnings from disinfectant producers and public health officials against consuming the products. It also triggered a lot of media coverage, something Birx told CNN she wished would end.
“I think it bothers me that this is still in the news cycle because I think we’re missing the bigger pieces of what we need to be doing as an American people to continue to protect one another,” she said Sunday on State of the Union.
Birx scolded: “As a scientist and a public health official and a researcher, sometimes I worry that we don’t get the information to the American people that they need when we continue to bring up something that was from Thursday night. So, I think I’ve answered that question. I think the president made it clear that physicians had to study this. I think I’ve made it clear that this was a musing, as you described.” (emphasis added)
She continued: “But I want us to move on to be able to get information to the American people that can help them protect each other and also help them understand how devastating this virus is to different age groups and different symptoms and different comorbidities.”
For a public health official who has studiously avoided the appearance of partisanship, Birx comments were eye-opening.
Conservatives understand that Trump’s stream of consciousness riffing is of far less importance than his actions, which have been swift and appropriate. It appears that Birx agrees.