‘100,000 people died, Joe, and all you did was try to help your friend the president,’ says Sorkin of CNBC co-anchor Kernen
Anchors Joe Kernen and Andrew Ross Sorkin got into an uncommonly heated exchange during CNBC’s morning show “Squawk Box” on Wednesday. The co-hosts’ fiery back-and-forth has drawn attention on social-media platforms and may highlight the perception of the role of the media in characterizing the state of affairs amid the worst public health crisis in a century, with Kernen accusing Sorkin of overreacting and Sorkin saying Kernen has underreacted to the coronavirus pandemic for political reasons:
‘You panicked about the market, panicked about COVID, panicked about the ventilators, panicked about the PPE, panicked about ever going out again, panicked that we’d ever get back to normal.’
— Joe Kernen
Tensions erupted on-air between the pair, as Kernen outlined what he perceives as an overreaction to the COVID-19 outbreak that was first identified in Wuhan, China, late in 2019 and has infected 5.6 million people globally and claimed more than 351,000 lives, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, as of Wednesday morning.
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