Conversation

between @gregggonsalves and @jmartNYT.

3 months ago

Gregg Gonsalves@gregggonsalves

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. @jmartNYT & @maggieNYT  https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/30/us/politics/trump-governors-coronavirus-testing.html?searchResultPosition=2 

Jonathan Martin@jmartNYT

you’re picking the wrong fight, move along

Gregg Gonsalves@gregggonsalves

Sorry Jonathan, I don't care how important you think you are, how important you think the @NYTimes is as a newspaper, but the political desk has been abysmal on this. I say this as someone who has worked on infectious diseases for 30+ years. 1/

Gregg Gonsalves@gregggonsalves

From @peterbakernyt now infamous hot take of @realDonaldTrump as he "struggles to find the balance between public reassurance and Panglossian dismissiveness" your collective reporting on the political aspects of this have been off-the-mark. 2/

Gregg Gonsalves@gregggonsalves

Everything is a Punch & Judy Show, and the real story of the absolute and continuing failure of the response to #coronavirus gets obscured in your reporting as "who's winning the day" in DC. 3/

Gregg Gonsalves@gregggonsalves

There is tremendous reporting going on on the pandemic, but it's from places like @statnews or @propublica who take their task with a bit more seriousness than your political reporters. 4/

Gregg Gonsalves@gregggonsalves

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. 5/

Gregg Gonsalves@gregggonsalves

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. 6/

Gregg Gonsalves@gregggonsalves

Tell us why we have people with no relevant experience like Richard Epstein and Larry Ellison at the right hand of Jared Kushner who is at the left hand of the President? How a culture of amateurism, denigration of expertise took hold in this Administration. 7/

Gregg Gonsalves@gregggonsalves

There are political stories abounding in this world-historical crisis and you surrender to the he-said-she-said variety of reporting, every time. 8/

Gregg Gonsalves@gregggonsalves

We all can make you a list of political questions that millions would love to be answered beyond Governor Bullock said this, President Trump said that. 9/

Gregg Gonsalves@gregggonsalves

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. 10/

Gregg Gonsalves@gregggonsalves

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. 11/

Gregg Gonsalves@gregggonsalves

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. 12/

Gregg Gonsalves@gregggonsalves

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 history. end/




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