Analysis: White House dominance of pandemic message might feed political divides


Just as former President Donald Trump owned the first year of the pandemic, Biden owns the second year. And while it’s important to have the White House and President out front in a national emergency of this magnitude, it’s likely the near total White House domination of the response is widening the unhelpful political divides that are making it harder than it needs to be to fight coronavirus.

The briefings are the most evident example.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, give brief comments about the latest statistics, predict where the pandemic is heading, and discuss a piece of research or two that help explain the latest understanding of Covid-19.

Overseeing all of it is White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeff Zients. It’s a White House sponsored event, coordinated by White House staff, and attended…

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