CNN journalists bashed President Donald Trump for saying on March 4 that the death rate of the novel coronavirus is likely much lower than data indicates, but the network published a report Monday evening that backs up the president’s previous statement.
Trump said that he believes the mortality rate of the virus “is way under one percent” during an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity earlier in March. The president was widely criticized by media pundits for his comments, and numerous CNN journalists trashed him over it.
Trump has misled before. He has not until now done so during a health crisis. Will federal institutions, such as CDC, Congress & friendly media challenge him? Or will roughly half the country take his word over the facts and experts? https://t.co/c7Z29o4jHn— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) March 5, 2020
The data reported backs President Trump's comments that the death rate is below 1 percent. However, CNN made no mention of the President's previous comments or the fact that they attacked him for it.
After CNN thoroughly hit Trump for his commentary, the network published an article Tuesday citing research from the medical journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases. The research echoes the president’s comments to Hannity just a few weeks earlier.
“The research, published in the medical journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases, estimated that about 0.66% of those infected with the virus will die,” according to Monday’s article. “That coronavirus death rate, which is lower than earlier estimates, takes into account potentially milder cases that often go undiagnosed — but it’s still far higher than the 0.1% of people who are killed by the flu.”