Today I was planning to take you with me on some in-depth investigative journalism into how and why we failed to better curtail the COVID-19 mass-killer. But, searching NBC’s website, I have stumbled across something that doesn’t look like breaking news, but seems more like spot-on satire worthy of “Saturday Night Live.”
It is dated March 25, 2020, and is a network anchor interviewing a person identified as Dr. Deborah Birx, President Donald Trump’s coronavirus task force coordinator. The interviewee is standing in front of a White House backdrop, is wearing a Birx trademark colorful scarf, and is being asked an ideal satirical setup question: How is Trump doing behind the scenes in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis?
Well by March 25, 2020, we already had a pretty good idea about that. A month earlier, Trump had told us America’s few COVID-19 cases would soon “be down to close to zero” – instead America already had more than 85,000 COVID-19 cases. Trump was also repeatedly saying he wanted to reopen the country and fill church pews by Easter Sunday 2020. And we also knew that Trump hated detailed policy briefings. His briefers had figured out long ago that they needed to insert his name frequently into written material – just so he’d keep reading it.
But here on this video that popped up when I searched NBC, the person introduced as Birx was saying just the opposite, effusively and excessively. Her words sounded like biting scripted satire. She even was portraying Trump as a biz wiz who digs detailed “granularity!” Ha! Here, see for yourself:
“He’s been so attentive to the scientific literature and the details and the data. And I think his ability to analyze and integrate data that comes out of his long history in business has really been a real benefit during these discussions about medical issues. Because in the end, data is data, and he understands the importance of the granularity. And I think he’s been really excited about finding the level of detail that we’ve been able to now bring over the last few weeks to really understand who’s at the greatest risk for severe illness, who will have mild and asymptomatic disease, and really calling on every American to do that social distancing, because some people may not know they’re actually infected and be unknowingly spreading the virus. And that all comes from the president seeing the data and really directing these policies and these guidelines that go out to the American people.”