Dr. Deborah Birx is making quite a name for herself at the Daily Coronavirus Briefings. She is poised, knowledgeable and professional. No wonder; she is a former Army Colonel who studied HIV/Aids for the Dept. of Defense at Walter Reed. She is winning many fans.
Mass media, you know, the Enemy of the People, aka Talking Snake Media, all seemed to notice her today.
There are many other examples besides these. She gave a five-minute interview to Christian Broadcasting Network’s “Faith Nation” show, which led their broadcast today:
The thing that triggered the flood of media attention was the way she made illness personal. Here is the NPR account:
Birx said she remembered the guilt borne by her grandmother, whom she said caught the flu as a child during the 1918 pandemic, known by many Americans as the “Spanish flu,” and then passed the disease along to her family.
The girl’s mother fell sick and died, Birx said — something that stayed with her for the rest of her life.
“She never forgot that she was the child who was in school who innocently brought that flu home shortly after her mother delivered,” Birx said. “My grandmother lived with that for 88 years … this is not a theoretical. This is a reality.”