Did you know that, in addition to know everything there is to know about climate science, 17-year-old Greta Thunberg is a pandemic expert as well?
Regardless of the fact that neither of those things are true, network executives at CNN apparently can’t tell the difference between a teenager using a political cause to cut school and a time-honored expert on viruses.
Seriously, the shilling for ratings by CNN here is so obvious that it’s almost painful.
Earlier this week, the so-called “most trusted name in news” decided to air a town hall event on the global coronavirus pandemic. The network has been highly critical of the Trump Administration’s response to the outbreak of the virus, typically condemning the president for pushing for a hasty re-opening of the economy.
It should be noted that all of the other panelists featured had some connection to public health. Mysteriously, Thunberg — who has no academic credentials at all, because she’s in high school — found herself in the lineup.
Naturally, the reactions on Twitter were nothing short of priceless. Donald Trump Jr. had one of the coldest hot takes.
Greta Thunberg having a remarkable career already in that as a teenager she’s now a world renowned infectious disease specialist and epidemiologist AND a leading scientific voice when it comes to global climate policy.
Just wow so impressive. https://t.co/398T4wXDry
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 13, 2020
Trump Jr. wasn’t the only one to get a dig in on CNN for this. Coverage of the event devolved into a debate on what the point of Thunberg’s appearance was.
Let’s get the obvious point out right now: Greta Thunberg is not a thought leader on the left — she is a useful symbol. Considering her age, we’re going to give her the benefit of the doubt: there’s no way she’s privy to how callously networks like CNN are using her simply to prop up their credentials with progressive audiences.
CNN personalities weren’t too happy for being called out like this. Anderson Cooper appeared particularly peeved by the social media mockery.
Here’s Tim Pool with the details.
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