Deborah Birx, the White House’s coronavirus response coordinator, said Saturday on Fox News that the media needs to be “responsible” about its headlines while covering the coronavirus crisis, noting that most people don’t read the full story.
President Trump, while speaking at White House coronavirus briefings, has accused reporters of being “fake news” and asked for more favorable coverage on the administration’s response to the pandemic.
What she’s saying: “I think the media is very slicey and dicey about how they put sentences together in order to create headlines. We know, for millennials and other studies, that some people may only read the headlines and if there’s not a graphic, they’re not going to look any further than that,” Birx said on Saturday.
Birx responded Sunday morning to Vice President Mike Pence’s prediction last week that the worst of the coronavirus pandemic will largely be over by Memorial Day after Meet the Press host Chuck Todd incredulously asked: “This Memorial Day 2020? Is that realistic?”
The immunology and global health expert said current U.S. tracking models “give us great hope” that COVID-19 cases and deaths will be waning by the May 25 holiday weekend. But she said social distancing practices must be maintained through the entire summer to help prevent any potential outbreaks of COVID-19.
Dr. Birx: “Social distancing will be with us through the summer to really ensure that we protect one another.” pic.twitter.com/PvxDMXtMwG
— Meet the Press (@MeetThePress) April 26, 2020