Psaki schools reporters asking if CDC will look 'irrelevant' if it does not loosen mask guidance

Psaki schools reporters asking if CDC will look 'irrelevant' if it does not loosen mask guidance
Jen Psaki // White House

2777 Americans died on Tuesday but several states, including those run by Democratic governors, are ending mask mandates despite the rates of death being just as high as they were one year ago when vaccines had just started being rolled out.

On Wednesday several White House reporters pushed the false implication that the CDC should take anti-maskers’ talking points into account when deciding what mask guidance should be. In other words, these reporters, including from mainstream media outlets, are suggesting science should not determine administration policy.

One asked White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki if the administration will look “out of touch” if CDC does not change mask guidance.

Another asked if the CDC would look “irrelevant” if it does not drop guidance advising masks should continue to be used.

“Does the CDC run the risk of becoming irrelevant in the minds of many Americans given that their states are moving along ahead without them?” she asked.

Psaki pushed back, bringing in a much-needed dose of reality:

“I don’t think the federal experts on health and medical advice should be irrelevant to Americans at a time that we’re still facing a pandemic.”

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