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CNN’s inclusion of Greta Thunberg in coronavirus town hall draws confusion

Conservatives are throwing tantrums. Some are defending the move. Others are just straight-up confused.

May 13, 2020, 6:30 pm

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Brooke Sjoberg

CNN included teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg in its panel for a coronavirus town hall, drawing criticism on Twitter.

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Thunberg is sitting on the Coronavirus—Facts and Fears panel as a special guest, along with former CDC director Richard Besser and former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. The panel will be hosted by Anderson Cooper and Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

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CNN has not yet explained the inclusion.

Thunberg has a dedicated group of conservatives who are seemingly able to find a problem with every little thing she does, so they, of course, had something to say about CNN's inclusion of her.

"Greta Thunberg having a remarkable career already in that as a teenager she's now a world renowned infectious disease specialist and epidemiologist AND a leading scientific voice when it comes to global climate policy," Donald Trump Jr. tweeted. "Just wow so impressive.

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But it's not just conservatives who are confused.

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However, some folks are defending Thunberg by pointing to TV doctors such as Dr. Phil, a psychologist, and Dr. Oz, a cardiothoracic surgeon, who have weighed in on the pandemic.

"Let me see if I understand this: Dr. Oz and countless other men have been running in these cable news circuits for years spouting dangerous nonsense with few consequences, but a lot of y'all decided 17 year-old Greta Thunberg is a step too far," Twitter user @cmclymer wrote. "And that's not sexism? do tell."

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The CNN panel is set to air live at 8pm ET Thursday, May 14.

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*First Published: May 13, 2020, 6:30 pm