CNN tried to shame Senator Ted Cruz, Republican of Texas, for COVID after he clashed with a reporter who requested that the legislator wear a mask during a press conference even though he was already vaccinated.
Cruz approached the microphones Wednesday, but the unidentified reporter stopped him before he could speak and asked, “Would you mind putting a mask on us?”
“Yes, when I’m talking to the television camera, I’m not going to wear a mask,” Cruz replied. “We have all been immunized, so …”
When the report responded that if Cruz wore a mask “it would make us feel better,” Cruz replied, “You can walk away if you want.”
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“The goal of the vaccine – the CDC guidance is what we are following,” the senator added with a smile.
On Thursday’s “New Day” broadcast, CNN host John Berman began by asking chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta to give a “diagnosis” to the “curious case of Ted Cruz” before playing a swap clip.
“So lovely right?” Gupta reacted sarcastically.
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Gupta rejected Cruz’s claim that he was following CDC guidance, citing the agency: “Even if you have been fully vaccinated, you should continue to take precautions in public places: wear a mask, stay six feet away, avoid crowds”.
“I realize this reflects the conversation that most of society is having right now as to what you can do if you are fully vaccinated,” acknowledged the CNN doctor. “The concern is that for him, he is quite well protected, it is true … but [the vaccines] They are not perfect, so you could still get sick. Also, the big wild card here, as we’ve talked about, are these variants. While you should be very well protected against severe disease and variant hospitalization, you may not be as well protected against moderate disease, mild disease, and the possibility that you can still pass the virus to someone else.
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“So when you’re not wearing a mask, you’re potentially putting other people in that room at risk. It’s as simple as that … When enough people have been vaccinated, when we’ve reduced viral transmission rates, that’s when we can start to probably backtrack on this, “concluded Gupta.
No mention was made during the segment of the fact that neither President Biden, who has also been vaccinated, nor White House press secretary Jen Psaki wear masks every time they speak in public.