Woodward, Shmoodward

Usually I tend to see a news item and have a strong opinion on it one way or another, right away. Sometimes all it takes is a headline. I should probably be a bit more cautious about jumping to conclusions, but I’m not.
However, on the Bob Woodward thing, I’ve kind of gone back and forth. His announcement that he interviewed Donald Trump and has proof, as in a tape of the session which definitely counts as proof, that Trump knew how deadly the virus was ages ago, like before it had entered the public consciousness even. Not too surprising. He gets briefings, even if he generally doesn’t understand them.
It’s kind of a bombshell, which has been somewhat tempered and deflected by the fact that Woodward waited months to reveal this information, likely because he’s got a book coming out.
At first I didn’t think much of it, and then a lot of people started being angry at Woodward, saying if he knew this he had an obligation to report it, and I was ready to jump on that bandwagon. Haven’t been a fan of Woodward for a long time. Good job on Watergate, I guess, but he was pretty much asleep through the whole Bush administration. As journalists go, he’s not exactly Julian Assange.
But, on the other hand, lots of people knew in the early stages. Scientists, for instance. The public wasn’t listening to them, either.
So, did Woodward do anything unethical? Maybe, a bit. He certainly didn’t do anything illegal.
It’s almost as if we’ve moved past saying there are certain things journalists can’t say and now we’re into there are certain things they MUST say, and I’m not quite ready to sign off on that. The CDC should have an obligation like that. An independent journalist, not so much.
In any event, Woodward’s not the main story. Trump is.

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