Ahead of the release of his next book on Wednesday, the journalist and author’s revelation that Trump knew how dangerous the virus was, raised resentment against the president, but also raised an ethical question: Should Woodward not immediately make it public Was it?
Trump, who has routinely downplayed the threat of a virus that now killed nearly 200,000 in the US, has justified his stance because they don’t want to cause panic.
“Bob Woodward had listened to my quotes for several months. If they thought they were so bad or dangerous, why didn’t they immediately report them in an attempt to save lives? Did he not have the obligation to do so? No, because he knew that they were good and reasonable answers. Calm, don’t panic! “ Tweeted On Thursday morning.
Woodward’s critics saw selfishness in his sit-in on the information.
Charles P. Pearce of Esquire said, “Bob knew the truth behind the Woodward administration’s deadly explosion – and worse – and he saved it for his book, which was praised by nearly 200,000 Americans due to wild acclaim and huge profits.” died.” wrote On twitter
Scott Novar of Adweek said: “These interviews about Kovid-19 were done in February and March. Why are we learning about this in a book published in September? Is it not mandatory for a journalist to publish this information in a timely manner, especially during an epidemic?
“It’s really disturbing. As journalists, we are working in the public interest. I think there is a failure here. ”
Woodward defended his decision not to come forward any time soon. In an interview with Washington Post’s media columnist, Margaret Sullivan, Woodward stated that she needed to provide more complete context than a news story.
Woodward told Sullivan that he did not know that Trump gained his information and that “the biggest problem that I had was, which is always a problem with Trump, don’t I know it was true”.
“My job is to understand it, and hold it accountable, and hold myself accountable,” Woodward said, pointing out that it took months to make everything relevant with reporting. “I did the best I could.”
“If I told the story at the time, which he knew in February, then nothing is telling us,” Woodward said in an interview with The Associated Press. Woodward said that at the time, the issue dealt more with politics than public health. His goal was to reveal the story before the presidential election in November.
“The demarcation line was for me,” Woodward commented. “I had decided that my book would be coming up on Christmas, later this year, it would be inconceivable.”
Woodward wrote in his upcoming book, Rage, that Trump knew about Kovid’s masculine week before it spread uncontrollably, saying in a February 7 comment with the journalist: “You just breathe air And how it passed. ”
Trump reportedly said: “And so it’s very difficult. He is very fragile. It is even more deadly than its fatal flus… it is the deadly stuff, ”
Some Woodward defenders have argued that going public in February did not matter. Others disputed this.
Journalism Professor Christian Christensen wrote On Twitter: “While saying that Woodward immediately revealed what Trump said about the Kovid-19, it would not matter because it would be rejected because fake news is nonsense, because it was the disintegration of anti-democratic forces Is a total dedication. With that logic, why publish anything? ”