The press has fallen so, so far. As a former member of the mainstream media who took his job seriously and was proud to be part of the profession, it saddens me greatly.
Worse, it is so detrimental to our republic.
As pointed out in an excellent column by Becket Adams in the Washington Examiner, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the following about science and opening the schools
The science should not stand in the way of this. And as Dr. Scott Atlas, and I thought this was a good quote, [said], ‘Of course we can do it. Everyone else in the western world, our peer nations, are doing it. We are the outlier here.’ The science is very clear on this that, for instance, you look at the [Journal of the American Medical Association] pediatric study of 46 pediatric hospitals in North America that said the risk of critical illness from COVID is far less for children than that of seasonal flu.
The science is on our side here. We encourage for localities and states to just simply follow the science. Open our schools.
She very clearly states that the science supports opening the schools. So what she HAD to have meant by “The science should not stand in the way of this” is that one should not make the case that the science contradicts what the president is doing. Or the science does not stand in the way of this. She is speaking, not writing, so it’s informal. But the context makes the statement clear. But clarity is not what the White House press corps is seeking anymore. Trump’s destruction is what it’s seeking.
Adams dug up these quotes from the White House press corps:
“The White House Press Secretary on Trump’s push to reopen schools: ‘The science should not stand in the way of this,’” said CNN’s Jim Acosta.
CNN’s Ana Cabrera claimed, “WH Press Secretary: ‘When he (Trump) says open, he means open – in full – kids being able to attend each and every day at their school,’ McEnany told reporters at the press briefing. ‘The science should not stand in the way of this.’”
“From the White House podium: ‘Science should not stand in the way’ of reopening schools,” CBS News White House correspondent Weijia Jiang said.
Reporter Jim Heath, who brags in his Twitter media profile that he is a Walter Cronkite Award-winner, said, “‘The science should not stand in the way of this.’ You just can’t make this stuff up. 108 days until the election.”
“‘The science should not stand in the way of this,’ [McEnany] says of fully re-opening schools,” said NBC News’s Josh Lederman.
“The White House press secretary says ‘science should not stand in the way’ of reopening schools,” the New York Times claimed in the headline to a live blog post.
I’m sorry, but you basically at this point have to go get the news yourself. Because you can’t rely on the press to give it to you.