Last Tuesday, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, in one of her press conferences, berated The New York Times for publishing a story attacking Dr. Birx, who is part of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Fox News reported.
The New York Times article suggests that the White House favors Dr. Birx for always being optimistic about the pandemic effort and aligning herself with President Trump’s position or vision. While Dr. Fauci, who has publicly deferred to the president on several occasions, has been isolated.
The mainstream media has found, in this contrast, a gap to exploit; that President Trump only wants those who feel the same way as he does. The fact that Dr. Fauci is still part of the pandemic task force and has given personal interviews to magazines and media outlets that strongly oppose President Trump belies this point.
Kayleigh McEnany said, “Dr. Birx is an extraordinary doctor who served this country, dedicated her time to serving our country as an Army colonel. She served as an ambassador to PEPFAR, where she spent her life fighting AIDS and HIV abroad, and it is appalling the attack that I saw on her in The New York Times, based on no facts.”
The press secretary took out a folder and showed the reporters, “I have not seen anyone poring over data the way Dr. Birx has and the attack on her was frankly appalling and egregious and The New York Times should be very ashamed of themselves.” He said the folder had 400 pages and that it’s a job Dr. Brix does every day.
The article, titled “Inside Trump’s Failure: The Rush to Abandon Leadership Role on the Virus,” explains how Dr. Birx got an office next to the Situation Room (where the president meets with his cabinet on urgent matters). She moves freely around the West Wing of the White House, openly showing that she is a member of the president’s team.
From a journalistic standpoint, the “journalist” gathered data to smear Dr. Brix’s reputation when he found the contrast with Dr. Fauci.
The story itself does not inform, does not provide data, and is just an opinion with a strong jealousy mentality or solely to smear President Trump’s Administration’s reputation. The New York Times quit doing journalism a long time ago, and now only engages in political activism under the guise of a newspaper.