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CNN slammed when it complains Trump task force working to combat Coronavirus is too male and white

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For CNN, a network obsessed with destroying President Trump, it’s not enough that his administration is taking action in response to a global health emergency.

No, for the cable network once known as a news outlet, any effort toward protecting Americans — and possibly saving the world — must come from a team with enough diversity to satisfy the affirmative action left.

On Thursday, the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus outbreak in China a public health emergency of international concern, the development coming as the first person-to-person transmission of the virus was reported in the United States.

The day before, on Wednesday, President Trump tweeted several photos of a briefing he was receiving on the crisis, boasting that the U.S. has the “best experts anywhere.”


“Just received a briefing on the Coronavirus in China from all of our GREAT agencies, who are also working closely with China,” he said. “We will continue to monitor the ongoing developments. We have the best experts anywhere in the world, and they are on top of it 24/7!”

Unfortunately, for CNN, these experts are a little too … white. Which is to suggest that network president Jeffrey Zucker and Co. place more emphasis on skin pigmentation than qualifications.

“Who are these experts? They’re largely the same sorts of white men (and a couple women on the sidelines) who’ve dominated the Trump administration from the very beginning,” wrote CNN’s Brandon Tensley.

The CNN Politics national political writer goes on to note that “the visuals” that have come to define the current administration say “in a multi-racial, half-female country Trump values the opinions of: mostly white men who are mirror images of the President himself.”

This effort to paint Trump as a bigot coming as a new Gallup poll released this week showed a 14-point increase in the state of race relations since he took office, jumping from 22 percent in January 2017 to 36 percent in January 2020.

CNN juxtaposed a photo of Trump’s meeting with a photo of former President Barack Obama holding a meeting on the 2014 Ebola outbreak — many would argue Obama set race relations in the U.S. back a half-century or more, and the 2017 numbers attest to this.

Sitting at Obama’s table is former national security adviser Susan Rice and former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, who are both African American, although it’s a safe bet to say that neither is an expert on communicable diseases.

Social media was aghast over CNN choosing to push a divisive racial agenda in the face of what is seen as a serious crisis — here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:

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