PBS' White House Reporter Irresponsibly Tries to Gin Up Racial Controversy Against US Surgeon General

Posted: Apr 13, 2020 11:00 AM

PBS' White House correspondent, Yamiche Alcindor, is a known liberal hack, but her recent attempt to stir up controversy against U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams is a new low.

It started when Vice Admiral Adams encouraged minorities on Friday to lay off on alcohol, drugs, and smoking during the pandemic, as minorities, especially African-Americans, have seen the highest deaths from the Wuhan coronavirus within the United States.

"We need you to do this if not for yourself than for your abuela. Do it for your granddaddy, do it for your big momma, do it for your pop-pop," Adams said.

After his remarks, Alcindor tweeted at 2:29 p.m. that "some will find this language offensive."

At 2:32 p.m., a whole three minutes later, Alcindor then tweeted how "many" people found Adams' choice of words to be "highly offensive" without providing evidence.

Alcindor went on to question Adams about his call to action for minorities.

Now, some on social media aside from Alcindor did voice their criticisms against Adams. But many, if not all, occurred after Alcindor stated how "many" were offended. In other words, she gambled for something to have happened as a fact before it was confirmed to have happened and won. Keep in mind, Alcindor reported on Adams' words via a tweet without video, which often leads to a loss of nuance and context.

As a Latino myself, I did not find the appeal to be problematic at all because I know of the unhealthy habits that are common within the Hispanic community. Likewise, Adams knows how devastating COVID-19 can be to people with underlying conditions or whose bodies are not in the best of shape because of unhealthy habits, which in turn can be harder for their immune system to fight off the virus.

At a time when the country is facing a crisis that has been tough beyond words for Americans, it's irresponsible for members of the media to gin up racial controversy over something that was not racially controversial to begin with.

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