Why Did Bob Woodward Stay Silent On Trump’s Covid Lie?

“This is deadly stuff,” the president told Woodward in a Feb. 7 conversation, according to the book, which is called Rage. “You just breathe the air and that’s how it’s passed. And so that’s a very tricky one. That’s a very delicate one. It’s also more deadly than even your strenuous flu.” – NPR, September 9th, 2020

The legendary Washington Post reporter, who won fame in 1974 when he and fellow Post reporter Carl Bernstein exposed the lies behind Nixon’s cover-up of the Watergate burglary, knew that Donald Trump was misleading the American people when he repeatedly played down the threat posed by the Covid-19 virus.

Woodward knew on February 7th, very early on in the pandemic, that Trump’s real assessment of the threat was that it was deadly – five per cent of those infected could be killed by the airborne infection, according to Trump – and that when he assured the American people otherwise, he was lying.

The question raised by this episode is this: should Woodward have immediately made this information public when its dissemination could have forced Trump to make a U-turn and as a consequence thousands of lives could have been saved?

Or did he stay silent and keep the story for his book, timed to coincide with the run up to the presidential election, knowing that he would make more money and a bigger impact if he withheld this scoop?

7 responses to “Why Did Bob Woodward Stay Silent On Trump’s Covid Lie?

  1. It does appear that Woodward did play to his own benefit rather than acting in the best interests of his fellow citizens. He may have been driven by a desire to relive or top his former glory of Watergate… whatever the reason he will still have helped seal Trump’s presidential legacy; not forgetting how top Republicans enabled Trump.

  2. The plot against America and the world: How the US government and the media suppressed the truth about the COVID-19 pandemic
    https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/09/10/pers-s10.html

  3. In the 70s I remember “Three Days of the Condor” giving me a jolt. As did Costa Gravas’s “Z”.
    TV used to show such films regularly.

    Seeing “Condor” again on TV just a few tears ago, the closing scene outside the New York Times offices, filled me with disdain, not the excitement it did in the 70s.
    There’s a thought.

  4. A few YEARS ago.
    A slip?

    Gravas’s “Amen” perhaps shows he still has some point of worth in later years.

  5. “Z”, by Costas Gravas

  6. “Z”, by Costas Gravas

    (apologies Ed if this is a duplicate comment. ‘Technology’ is not my forte. Give me flint axes!)

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