In a world ransacked by the coronavirus pandemic, CNN seems to think its viewers want to hear radical lefty teen climate activist Greta Thunberg’s opinion on the matter.
CNN sent out a tweet May 13 announcing the news: “Former acting CDC director Richard Besser, former HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius and activist Greta Thunberg join @AndersonCooper & @DrSanjayGupta for a live #CNNTownHall. Coronavirus - Facts and Fears, Thursday at 8 p.m. ET.” The ratio that tweet got was glorious.
The reactions to this news appeared understandably less than approving, to say the very least.
Arguably one of the more epic takedowns of CNN’s absurd idea came from Daily Wire founder and editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro. In a Twitter thread ripping CNN, Shapiro didn’t pull any punches:
Is there anyone at CNN with any level of self-awareness? Featuring Greta Thunberg on a covid-19 expert panel is just beyond words. I actually cannot believe they are this insane/stupid.
Shapiro continued: “From now on, CNN just needs to feature her on every expert panel. Just to f*** with everybody. ’TONIGHT ON CNN: EXPERT PANEL ON PARTICLE PHYSICS, FEATURING CHILD WHO YELLS AT ADULTS GRETA THUNBERG!’”
New York magazine and Huffpost contributor Yashar Ali questioned the seriousness of CNN putting Thunberg on a panel: “What place does Greta Thunberg have in this town hall?”
Media critic and YouTuber Mark Dice tweeted in response: “Cuz a teenager best known for skipping school is who CNN considers an expert virologist.”
Thanks for the laughs, CNN.