I couldn't believe it at first, but yep, it's true. The White House Press corps did not ask a *single* question about the pandemic for Biden's first press conference. Here's ten questions they could have, should have asked. https://zeynep.substack.com/p/ten-questions-the-press-should-have/comments …pic.twitter.com/BJSC2QkfdS
These were ten questions off the top of my head. Like most anyone—including public health and policy reporters—who have been paying attention to the pandemic, I could easily write ten more important questions. Maybe media outlets should send different reporters next time?
Okay, better link: https://zeynep.substack.com/p/ten-questions-the-press-should-have … (Previous link was to the comment thread).
Note that these are NOT softball questions. Nor are they minor topics better addressed by others. These are thorny topics and tough challenges. The ask isn't for the press to go easy on Biden. The opposite. Ask tough questions! Just relevant ones, please.https://zeynep.substack.com/p/ten-questions-the-press-should-have …
How that is possible is somewhat beyond me. Literally the reason he was elected. And still the reason our country and the world is upside down. But nothing.
Though to be fair he did address the pandemic/vaccines. I didn’t hear the specific questions asked, but he did discuss it at some level.
he had to bring it up himself! just ridiculous from the press corps
And, he was asked if he was going to run for re-election...on day sixty-something! Thanks for the list of questions, which resonates, and the responses are of interest, specifically Q7 and Q10.
Great questions, but I think the building ventilation question needs more study and direction. It seems to me an awful lot of money could be spent to little ultimate benefit.
As an HVAC professional,
@zeynep was way out in front calling attention to ventilation. Dilution and air movement I think is key to mitigating indoor transmission. She even came out ahead of ASHRAE, the HVAC standards folks.
I think one big reason is that Biden let health professionals in the Covid task force manage Covid. He doesn't meddle like Trump did. The TF has 3x/week briefings where questions are answered.
I picked big questions exactly for that reason. Notice there is no question there asking about next week's supply numbers etc.