This is journalistic malpractice. If we don’t have scale-up of
testing, we will be in lock-down for months & months. There is no
debate on this, why frame it like there is one? Next: Trump says
earth flat, scientists say otherwise.
This is an emergency, act like it. It matters that you’re failing,
and it’s not about a lowly reader trying to score points, but the
fact that @NYTimes eliding, equivocating on the federal response
has consequences for millions of people.
So, get better. Tell us, why 4 months into this we STILL have
insufficient number of tests — what happened politically that led
us to this point, keeps us still incapable of rising to the task.
There are political stories abounding in this world-historical
crisis and you surrender to the he-said-she-said variety of
reporting, every time. […]
I buried dozens of my friends during the height of the AIDS
epidemic and we’re all preparing for burials now of friends and
family in this new pandemic. Don’t you dare tell me to move on.
Do your job. We are facing one of the greatest challenges in
American history, largely due to political failures of the current
Administration. Dig. Find out what is happening, the roots of the
failures. Name names. You have the resources of one of biggest
papers in the US.
Stop the transcription of press conferences, calls as the news in
and of itself. Go deeper. Explain how current American politics
led to this epidemiological and economic calamity, and how our
leaders are or are not rising to the challenge. You may lose your
access to certain prized sources inside the White House, the
invitations to the best parties in DC, but you’ll gain the respect
of your readers and rescue your reputations from the disdain of