Excerpts from Bob Woodward’s new book, Rage, have raised harrowing questions about President Donald Trump’s prevarication to the public about the lethality of the COVID-19 virus, and his lack of action to control the pandemic. As the book reveals in great detail, Mr. Trump knew as early as late January just how serious and how transmissible the virus is, even as he downplayed the virus' threat in his public statements.
That shocking revelation -- coming as the US death toll from COVID-19 nears 200,000 -- also raises questions about Woodward’s decision to withhold the information he had about the virus, and important national security matters, until now. Others have done the same thing. Is it the right thing to do?
Erik Wemple, the media critic for the Washington Post, joins Tom on Zoom to discuss the issues surrounding Woodward's controversial new exposé of the Trump presidency.