CNN, Who Complains About No WH Pressers, Cuts Away from Coronavirus Briefing for Bloomberg Town Hall

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Posted: Feb 27, 2020 11:00 AM
CNN, Who Complains About No WH Pressers, Cuts Away from Coronavirus Briefing for Bloomberg Town Hall

Source: AP Photo/Ron Harris

CNN cut away from covering the White House's press conference about the Cornoavirus and the government's efforts to contain the threat to air their town hall with Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg.

Vice President Mike Pence was tapped to lead the U.S. government's efforts to reduce the spread of the virus. It was also revealed a vaccine for Cornoavirus could take up to a year to be created, tested, and then distributed. 

"We’re going to stay obviously on top of this story. This is a clearly major development. We’ll watch it very, very closely," CNN anchor Wolf Blizter told the audience before turning it over to Anderson Cooper to start Bloomberg's town hall.

Cooper's first question to Bloomberg was if he had confidence in the Trump administration's efforts to contain the virus. 

"No! Number one, he fired the pandemic team two years ago. Number two, he’s been defunding Centers for Disease Control, so we don’t have the experts in place that we need. I hope he’s right that the virus doesn’t come here, that nobody gets sick, that would be a wonderful outcome. But the bottom line is we are not ready for this kind of thing." Bloomberg said.

Considering the gravity of the situation, you would think CNN would stick to airing the press conference. After all, multiple employees at their network have been decrying about the lack of press briefings since they stopped over a year ago.

"The last 'daily' White House press briefing was 170 days ago," was a headline from CNN Editor-at-large Chris Cillizza in 2019.

Must not be that important then.