BOSTON (CBS) – Author Bob Woodward made waves last week when excerpts of his new book “Rage” were released, detailing President Donald Trump’s response to coronavirus among other topics.

In a taped interview with Woodward, President Trump admitted he downplayed the seriousness of coronavirus, but said he did so in an effort not to create panic.

Woodward has faced criticism from some who say the author should have reported details of Trump’s comments earlier to protect the country from the deadly pandemic.

“Bob Woodward had my quotes for many months. If he thought they were so bad or dangerous, why didn’t he immediately report them in an effort to save lives? Didn’t he have an obligation to do so? No, because he knew they were good and proper answers. Calm, no panic!” President Trump tweeted after the excerpts were released.

Northeastern journalism professor Dan Kennedy joined WBZ-TV political analyst Jon Keller to discuss topics in the media, including Woodward’s obligations following his discussions with the president.

“The question is, did Woodward’s actions contribute to the horrors we’re seeing? Did it contribute to any deaths? I really can’t see it,” said Kennedy. “We’ve all seen this play out. If Woodward had told us a few months earlier that Trump was lying, well we know that trump lies. He lies all the time. I think that Woodward’s obligation was to get this out before the election, and he has done that. I’m not sure whether his obligation goes any further than that, provided that we can agree that Woodward’s actions didn’t contribute to any additional deaths, and I don’t see how it could have.”

Jon Keller

Comments (2)
  1. coch01 says:

    The same can and should be said for Mary Trump, Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, and all the other people who were sycophants but knew the truth only to turn around, write a book for profit.

  2. We all know this isn’t Mr Woodward’s first time at the Rodeo. I would guarantee his Publisher,Agent and Editor had a great deal to do with the timing of the release of these conversation excerpts. Will they have an effect on the election? In the Democratic educated North East? This will be the topic of conversation for months. In the deep South where they measure intelligence with a thermometer? Probably not. Mr. Trump is probably giddy over the distraction from his Post Master problems.

    If anyone with half a brain has watched what is going on in this election. You will know that this will be worse than the Bush/Gore Florida Recount problem. This will be a National/Supreme court challenge. I see Mrs Pellosi as interim President due to constitutional guidelines. I see a Constitutional crisis of Mr Trump Challenging the election..I see Mr Trump not leaving the White House and refusing to acknowledge any Presidency except his own.

    This will not be the year remembered for the COVID virus. It will bre remembered for Mr Trump and his bid for a second term.

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