I remember a time when investigative journalism was done to keep Americans informed. How things have changed. Woodward KNEW the information in the Trump interview would save lives. He should have released it in the interest of public health, but noooo. Im sure someone in the DNC got ahold of him and told him to hold it until fall, to use against Trump in the election. I think some responsibility rests on Woodward's shoulders for not releasing this when he got it.
So Bob Woodward – a member of the media – way back, reported that Trump knew it’d be terrible. So, his followers would just stop believing Trump?
Trump says the media are liars. His followers believe him. Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
In a purely rational world, filled with purely rational people, Bob Woodward could have released this tape five months ago and the response (even possibly from Trump’s supporters) would be “this is serious, I should take all precautions against catching and transmitting this virus” and many lives would have been saved.
We do not live in that world.
If Wooodward would have released it back then, it’s not hard to imagine Trump at a microphone “Bob Woodward, lamestream media, Washington insiders, deep state trying to make me look bad. The failing Washington Post is just trying to sell newspapers. I have the best, tremendous people working on this in terms of the virus.”
The true believers would swallow it hook, line, and sinker, and we’d have the same number of deaths as we do now.
Woodward releasing this now. By waiting several months, it’s even more obvious just how wrong Trump was. In the long run, it may have ended up saving lives. We’ll never know.