Bob Woodward's new book Rage is now available. In the book, Woodward reports that President Donald Trump expressed early concerns about the severity of the coronavirus. Yet Woodward waited until just before the release of the book to reveal what the president said.
The Shop Talk panelists discuss whether Woodward should have released details sooner.
Woodward told NPR's All Things Considered host Mary Louise Kelly that during a conversation in February he thought Trump was referring to the virus in China, not in the U.S.
Woodward told NPR that if he thought there was something to tell the American people that they did not know, he would report it.
Shop Talk is a weekly panel discussion about journalism issues. This week’s program featured Will Buss, who teaches in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University and advises the student editors at the Western Courier, the students at student radio station The Dog, and the WIU chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists; Rajvee Subramanian, who teaches in the Department of Broadcasting and Journalism at Western Illinois University; and TSPR News Director Rich Egger.