“We rarely publish editorials signed by all editors,” said Dr. Eric Rubin, editor-in-chief of the medical journal and author of the new editorial.
“This crisis has resulted in a leadership test. With no good options to combat a novel pathogen, countries have had to make tough decisions on how to respond. Here in the US, our leaders failed that test. They took a crisis and turned it into a tragedy, “says the editorial.
It does not endorse a candidate, but offers scathing criticism of the Trump administration’s leadership during the pandemic.
“Anyone else who ruthlessly wastes life and money in this way would face legal ramifications. Our leaders have largely claimed immunity for their actions. But that choice gives us the power to make judgment,”
“The reason we never published an editorial on elections is because we’re not a political magazine and I don’t think we want to be a political magazine – but this is about facts, not opinions. A lot of mistakes have been made who were not only stupid but inconsiderate, and I think we want people to see that there are truths here, not just opinions, ”Rubin said.
For example, masks work. Social distancing works. Quarantine and isolation work. They are not opinions. The decision not to use them may be a political decision, but trying to suggest that they are not real is imaginary and dangerous, “he said. “We don’t have the right leaders for this epidemic. I think we need better leadership.”
The New England Journal of Medicine isn’t the only medical or scientific publication taking a political stance amid the pandemic and ahead of the November presidential election.