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Over the weekend, three of the nation’s top health officials and members of the Coronavirus Task Force, including Dr. Anthony Fauci, began their two weeks of at-home quarantine after they came in contact with someone with the virus. NBC’s Sunday Today, used the opportunity to take a morbid victory lap and cheer it as a rebuke of President Trump and calls to reopen. Political director Chuck Todd even joked that “it felt like a weird plot twist in a horror movie.”
At the top of the broadcast, White House correspondent Kelly O’Donnell noted the inconvenience the new development had on Trump’s plans. “Just as the White House is trying to send a message of going back to work with the President and Vice President keeping their travel schedules, three of the most prominent medical voices in this federal response are doing the opposite, staying home, adhering to guidelines they hope other Americans will follow,” she seemed to quip.
The three officials in quarantine were Dr. Anthony Fauci, CDC director Dr. Robert Redfield, and FDA director Stephen Hahn. According to her reporting, Hahn and Redfield “will remain home for two weeks” while Fauci “plans a ‘modified’ quarantine, mask-wearing with limited outside contact.”
On top of that, O’Donnell suggested the White House wasn’t doing enough to protect the people who worked there.