White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere took to Twitter to criticize CNN for their handling of a story about the number of deaths related to the ongoing Wuhan coronavirus pandemic and how they ignored a statement he had sent to the network.
Deere said he had confirmation from people who worked at CNN that they received the statement he released about how the document from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, which projected a higher death toll from the novel virus, was not a "new internal document" from the White House and it was not a forecast, but rather to help them with "scenario planning."
CNN's Erin Burnett had reported the White House is projecting 3,000 Americans will die every day starting in early June from the coronavirus.
Even though I released a statement today, which multiple people at @CNN confirmed receiving, @CNN just aired a package about a "new internal document" on #COVID19 deaths with no mention of my statement that said this is not a WH doc & is not reflective of data the TF analysed.— Judd Deere (@JuddPDeere45) May 4, 2020
Deere said despite being provided the critical context, CNN chose the path of "spreading misinformation," which is "only meant to cause panic."
The President has no higher priority than the health of the American people, and spreading misinformation like this is irresponsible and only meant to cause panic.— Judd Deere (@JuddPDeere45) May 4, 2020
CNN was also called out by President Trump's re-election campaign for only being given seven minutes to respond to a story from CNN before they published the piece.
CNN hack @brianstelter had a story pre-written & gave us 7 minutes to respond before posting.@CNN rejected another accurate Trump ad because they’re stooges for Dems but they’ll run any bogus Dem ad.— Brad Parscale - Download our Trump 2020 App today! (@parscale) May 5, 2020
Drop the “news” veil already & just declare yourselves a SuperPAC for Biden. pic.twitter.com/vEZXoZLoSw
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