With President Biden’s announcement on Thursday that he had tested positive for COVID-19, CNN saw a chance to both reinstill fear and hysteria in the hearts and minds of viewers over the virus as well as throw punches at former President Trump for how his own diagnosis transpired in October 2020. One CNN medical contributor invoked both the pandemic and the assassination, among the most outrageous.
Jonathan Reiner, Dr. Jonathan Reiner, was a genius that found a way to mention Abe along with COVID. CNN Newsroom co-host Poppy Harlow that Abe’s murder took place in Japan, a country where they have a population “of 140 million people,” but only “30,000 deaths, so it’s a country 40 percent the size the United States with only three percent of the mortality for COVID.”
Reiner explained that the reason was “universal masking”And that’s what the Japanese people believe. “haven’t fought” This is why it is so important that Americans accept these directives. “proactive mitigation.”
Harlow was able to see through the absurdity of Reiner’s statement and lament that Harlow had done it. “just described in Japan will not happen in America,” Let’s not forget the need to bring back mask regulations “municipalities and cities.”
Prior to that whopper, Reiner was already on the mask train and complaining that “there’s no sense of urgency” for the “tremendous amount of virus” and “very few municipalities have reinstituted mandatory masking in public places.”
“We see very few of our public figures coming out into public wearing a mask. And it has put in place this sort of sense of complacency that, you know, we’re done with this, we’re moving on,”He concluded.
Reiner demanded also that “we should be ratcheting up” COVID requires masks to be used “public venues” People need to hide their true colors “anytime you’re meeting with people that you don’t know or you don’t know have been tested.”
Reiner maintained the excitement at Eastern Time, stating that Reiner was still hysterical. “[e]verybody should be wearing N-95” in public and, at minimum, “the leaders of our country and their families should be wearing them.”
Continue reading Inside Politics, former Planned Parenthood president and CNN medical contributor Dr. Leana Wen gave her first on-air comments about Biden’s diagnosis by trashing Trump: “I commend the White House for being so transparent. There certainly a big difference between how they’re responding now versus with former President Trump.”
The Trump bashing continued into the next block with host John King remarking that Biden came into office having run a campaign “about Trump bungled the COVID pandemic, put an adult in charge will make it differently.”
“And they also seem determined, needed to show that this is not the Trump White House where it was hard to get information. And we got conflicting information about Donald Trump’s COVID case early on,” King boasted.
King continued to make the contrast with Trump by claiming Team Biden has been fully transparent, which senior political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson furthered herself by scoffing at the “theatrics” from Trump’s bout (click “expand”):
KING: Immediately, the White House doctor sent a note to the White House press secret stating that he knew what the White House was doing. Our correspondent, Jeremy Diamond, ran into Dr. Jha from the COVID coordinators. According to him, the President doesn’t have a fever. He just has runny nasal. They’ll have doctors present at the briefing today. They are determined not to just give President Obama the statement, “I’m feeling fine”, but also to provide the necessary medical information.
HENDERSON: That’s right. It was quite different to what we witnessed from Trump White House. I think he tweeted himself at 1am in the morning that he had COVID, went through all sorts of theatrics of projecting strength that writing in his presidential motorcade with his — I think his mask was off and then arriving at the White House and ripping his mask off in dramatic fashion. This President won’t do that, I think. But we do see this idea of projecting strength, this idea that, “I’m keeping busy.” I will say that, you know, I think too many people sort of want to push through this illness and maybe it would be better just sort of listen to your body and just kind of rest, take a day off. Americans wouldn’t mind this, I think. This is just an aside.
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To see the relevant CNN transcript from July 21, click “expand.”
CNN Newsroom with PoppyHarlow and Jim Sciutto
July 21, 2022
JONATHAN Reiner: We’re actually in a much worse situation than that. It’s almost certain we have never had as many cases of the virus in America. We are probably seeing between 600,000 to 800,000 new cases each day. Most of these are being tested at home. This means that there is an enormous amount of viruses around. Even worse, this country doesn’t have a sense of urgency. There are very few or no municipalities that have instituted mandatory masking in public areas. Very few public officials are seen wearing masks when they go out in the public. This has led to a complacency about the fact that this is over and people can just move on. I hear people talking about, you know, sort of — using the pandemic in past sense. It’s very present.
HARLOW – Very here. Yep.
REINER: And the fact — and the fact that the President of the United States tested positive is a stark reminder of that.
REINER. However, the current vaccines do not prevent you from becoming infected. We need to resort to strategies that don’t work. Therefore, more and more people will be required to wear a mask when they go out. This type of mitigation strategy was always described as an off-off switch. We should now be increasing the protection when there are so many viruses in the community. Masks should be required in public places. If you are meeting people with whom you have never met or that you know have not been tested for a disease, you should wear masks. This community is awash in virus. We’ve made it seem like the pandemic has passed and that we are moving forward. The best news is that President Obama is well protected thanks to the vaccinations and therapeutics he is receiving. This should accelerate his recovery. However, millions more Americans are not vaccinated, or suffer from underlying conditions that make it difficult to develop an immune response to the virus. This virus continues to infect more than 400 people every day. As I stated earlier, many thousands of people get infected. We need to have a more aggressive stance and — and bring masks back to the United States. While Japan’s tragic loss of its former prime minister has made headlines recently, it is still a nation of over 140 million citizens. This is about 40% of the United States. They’ve seen 30,000 deaths so that’s 40 percent more than the United States. However, only 3 percent of COVID’s mortality has been recorded in this country. This is because the country uses universal masking.
REINER : It hasn’t been fought. It’s still there and they need to be proactive in mitigating it.
Kaitlan Collins has been a strong supporter of the masking, pleading for the American people to get vaccinated. But, what Kaitlan Reiner described in Japan, will not be happening in America. This isn’t the case and the discussion among cities and municipalities about whether we, you, reinstitute mask mandates indoors, this becomes a new reality.
Eastern Time: 10:55
COLLINS – And Dr. Jha warned of what this fall’s cases might look like, so they are still concerned. This changes the equation from the last time that I covered a president who was positive to COVID-19. There are vaccines and boosters. And President Biden has always been vigilant about this front. He also wears a mask.
CNN’s Inside Politics
July 21, 2022
JOHN KING – The President is now 79. He has had two vaccinations. Two boosters were given to him. He received his last booster at the beginning of March. Paxlovid is being taken by him. According to the White House doctor, there is some fatigue and dry cough. He started feeling it last night. Evidently, this isn’t just any patient. This is a President of the United States, a man aged 79. Are the White House’s statements so far sounding right to you?
DR. LEANA WEEN: Yes, it does. I applaud the White House’s transparency. The difference is evident between the way they are responding to Trump’s former president. This is a case where I believe President Biden will make a complete recovery. However, symptoms may not be controlled. Because the original vaccinations and boosters already provide protection against serious illness.
Franco, Franco you covered the Biden White House. The whole campaign about Trump and the COVID Pandemic was covered by them. They assumed control of it. The administration is now a year-and-a-half old. Even the Biden White House has tried masks occasionally, but it is not always possible to travel whenever you want. What has — what has been the big shift? They always maintained that they had been prepared for the moment. Is there a general mood?
FRANCO ORDONEZ (Frank): They have been extremely rigorous, as someone who has travelled with the President a lot. These protocols have been in place for years and include extensive testing, masking, and everything else. The team has indicated they’ve been planning for it for years. However, the surprise factor is still there [sic] here. He’s the oldest president in history at 79 years old. There will be concern, and caretaking. I’m very interested in watching those tweets of him, you know, in the Treaty Room at his desk, because it’s clear, they want to make — they’re presenting — there’s imagery here that they want to show that he’s strong, that he’s tough, that the symptoms are mild, and then he wants to go ahead and do his work.
KING: And they also seem determined, needed to show that this is not the Trump White House —
NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON: Right.
KING: — where it was hard to get information. We were able to get conflicting information early on about Donald Trump’s COVID case. A memo was quickly sent from White House’s physician to White House Press Secretary, saying that this is all we know. Our correspondent, Jeremy Diamond, ran into Dr. Jha from the COVID coordinators. According to him, the President doesn’t have a fever. He just has runny nasal. They’ll have doctors present at the briefing today. They appear determined to offer the President not just the “I feel fine” statement but the actual medical data to support it.
HENDERSON: That’s right. It was quite different to what we witnessed from Trump White House. I think he tweeted himself at 1am in the morning that he had COVID, went through all sorts of theatrics of projecting strength that writing in his Presidential motorcade with his — I think his mask was off and then arriving at the White House and ripping his mask off in dramatic fashion. This President won’t do that, I think. But we do see this idea of projecting strength, this idea that, “I’m keeping busy.” I will say that, you know, I think too many people sort of want to push through this illness and maybe it would be better just sort of listen to your body and just kind of rest, take a day off. Americans wouldn’t mind this, I think. This is just an aside.
CNN’s Jake Tapper as The Lead
July 21, 2022
Eastern: 5:34 PM
REINER: Everyone should wear N-95.
JAKE TIPPER: It’s her too, but it is her.
REINER: They went from being an extremely rare and expensive item to becoming more common. An N95 mask can protect you against the virally-laden environment. It’s where we wear in the hospital and if you have a tight-fitting N-95 mask, even if you’re in very close contact with someone who’s infected and even if you’re in contact with them for a long period of time, you are unlikely to get this disease. But you don’t see many people who aren’t somehow involved in medicine wearing them. They should certainly be worn by the president and other leaders of this country, as well as their families. They should be worn by all Americans. One of the questions I’ve asked this week is: what have done to change the manufacturing capacity in the United states? What we found out in the early months of — of COVID was that we didn’t have the manufacturing ability to create enough N-95 masks for this country. What has happened to that in recent years? I don’t — I don’t know.