A few weeks ago, the New York Times unofficially kicked off the media/left’s campaign to nuke the credibility of White House Coronavirus Task Force response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx, accusing her of being easily “turned” by President Trump into a mere mouthpiece for his views.
Since then, the attacks on Birx have escalated, hitting fever pitch over the weekend after Birx once again refused to play along with the mainstream media’s tiresome gotcha games in the middle of a pandemic.
Leading the way on Sunday were NBC News “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd and MSBNC anchor Andrea Mitchell, who both had very concerned looks on their faces as they fretted over Dr. Birx’s answers about Trump promoting the use of sunlight to kill the Wuhan coronavirus:
MITCHELL: “… unfortunately, I think the credibility of the scientists really now is on the line. They have to decide whether to stay inside and be valuable or whether or not they have to see another alternative, like Jim Mattis, and quit, because when Dr. Birx said to you today that sunlight does kill the virus, she is perpetuating an unscientific, untested, single study presented by a nonscientist from the department of homeland security, which led to the president, as she put it, not fully digesting the data. She needed to be very clear on disavowing it, and to this point, she still has not been even this morning.”
Todd, who made it a point during another segment to bizarrely point out a possible “good side” to the crisis, nodded on approvingly throughout Mitchell’s rant. Watch:
In addition to Mitchell’s and Todd’s attacks on Birx, New Yorker staff writer Emily Nussbaum accused Birx of being “the expert” who “props up the mad king”, suggesting she was “going to leave a horrible legacy.”
Let me explain what these attacks on Birx from the left are really all about.
As I’ve said before, Birx has been like the calm within the storm during the daily press briefings. Birx uses her platform to smoothly debunk media myths at nearly every briefing, while educating the media and easing the panic that has set in for some thanks in large part to the MSM’s deliberately sensationalistic reporting.
Because she refuses to get sucked in to the the left’s/media’s narratives about whether or not Trump is demonstrating good leadership during the crisis, she’s become “the enemy” to them. Her concerns are not about the politics and what this crisis might mean for the left/media’s preferred candidate Joe Biden; her concerns are solely about giving people useful information about what’s going on and what to expect.
If Trump does follow through with the idea of not participating in future White House coronavirus task force press briefings, Birx, who is very respected in her field, will take center stage along with VP Mike Pence, Dr. Fauci, Surgeon General Adams and other key members of the task force.
So The Usual Suspects will need a new dedicated focal point for their anti-Trump ire. And because Birx has arguably been the most effective communicator of the bunch – and because she’s a woman who is working in a Republican administration, her credibility and her character must be questioned, attacked, and destroyed.
I don’t think I need to explain why these attacks should not succeed, but for anyone who is concerned that they will, just remember the supposedly science-focused media’s garbage hype about the “man who died after drinking fish tank cleaner” story, and their rush to amplify a VA study on hydroxychloroquine that turned out to be more flawed than scientific.
It’s the media who have a credibility issue here, not Dr. Birx.