Greta Thunberg Put On ‘Panel Of Coronavirus Experts’ And People Aren’t Happy

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in News, World
Published 14.05.20

Greta Thunberg was added to a pandemic expert panel for a CNN show yesterday (Wednesday 13th May) which pissed off a fair few people.

In general, people get annoyed at the climate change activist far faster than they do for other people, but the idea that she is an expert on pandemics and inhibiting their spread was controversial for perhaps understandable reasons.

The show is due to air tonight (Thursday 14th May), and will feature hosts Anderson Cooper, anchor of AC 360, and CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

They will speak with former Centres for Disease Control and Prevention Director Richard Besser and former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. So for so good, but the final panel member will be climate change activist Greta Thunberg.

It’s dangerously reasonable to say that Thunberg gets an unfair amount of criticism from people who don’t know better than to insult a teenage girl, but it seems like a weird publicity stunt from CNN to get her in for something that’s entirely outside of her remit.

In light of this, journalist Yashar Ali wrote, “What place does Greta Thunberg have in this town hall?”

Having made his thoughts public, people then began to reply in their droves, telling him her credentials, to which he replied:

I understand that but this is a panel of top health experts and administrators. A climate activist would be better suited on a different panel. She is not a climate scientist. It’s a matter of placement“.

Donald Trump Jr. also chimed in, writing: ‘Greta Thunberg having a remarkable career already in that as a teenager she’s now a world renowned infectious disease specialist and epidemiologist AND a leading scientific voice when it comes to global climate policy. Just wow so impressive’.

What Ali and Trump Jr. elected to ignore though, was the fact that this particular show, called Coronavirus: Facts and Fears, has been running since February has invited the likes of filmmaker Spike Lee, chef Jose Andres, and former Vice President Al Gore to its ranks.

Basically, you don’t need to be an expert to appear on Coronavirus: Facts and Fears, but rather a mouthpiece for the common person to experience the conversation vicariously.

You have your panel of experts and then your person to ask the questions that we would ask if we were there.

People see Thunberg’s name and they get annoyed without properly looking into things. Sheesh.

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