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7 Other 'Experts' Twitter Says Should Join Greta Thunberg at CNN's Coronavirus Town Hall

Twitter has learned Greta Thunberg will appear alongside a panel of medical experts at CNN's upcoming coronavirus town hall, and people have jokes. 

The network announced on Wednesday that Thunberg, a 17-year-old climate activist, will be one of the "special guests" at the town hall, which airs live at 8 p.m. on Thursday. 
  • Thunberg will discuss the global pandemic with CNN medical reporter Sanjay Gupta, former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Richard Besser. 
Anderson Cooper will share hosting duties with Gupta, who is also a doctor.  On Twitter, both conservatives and liberals ridiculed CNN's decision to include Thunberg in the event, noting that she is not a medial professional or even as adult. 

"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," joked Donald Trump Jr. "Just wow so impressive."

"Greta Thunberg is appearing on a CNN Townhall on Climate Ch... No, it’s on Coronavirus. Okay, now I’m confused," said Ian Bremmer, a political scientist who has advocated "listening to the real experts."

Charlie Kirk, the head of Turning Point USA, wanted the same kind of consistency from CNN, which has broadcast heavy criticism of Republicans who question the dictates of U.S. health officials.  CNN did not immediately respond to request for comment. 

Alternative "expert" panels were promoted by a number of commentators. 

Townhall.com writer Julio Rosas imagined an "impressive" lineup of Chinese communist dictator Mao Zendong, Philadelphia Flyers mascot Gritty, an alien and a clown.
  • He also looked forward to hearing from disgraced lawyer Michael Avenatti, reality TV star Kate Gosselin, white nationalist Richard Spencer and the novel coronavirus itself. 
Grabien founder Tom Elliott anticipated "must-watch" epidemiological insights from Thunberg's fellow celebrities "Florida man," Tinky-Winky from "Teletubies" and actress Lindsay Lohan.  Thunberg responded to the backlash over her role in the town hall on Thursday. In a pair of tweets, she said would be speaking as an activist, not as an expert.  Progressive activist Roxane Gay sided with Thunberg, sort of.
  • Gay said she disagreed with CNN's decision to include the teenager.
  • But she said cable news is anyway full of "Unqualified men" and that she sees a connection — which she did not explain — between the pandemic and climate change.
Ben Shapiro, the Daily Wire editor-in-chief, sarcastically said that he too understands CNN's reasoning in picking Thunberg. 

"This makes perfect sense due to her massive expertise in being righteously indignant while lecturing adults," he said.
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