“There is no ethical or moral defense of Woodward’s decision to not publish these tapes as soon as they were made,” John Stanton, the former Washington bureau chief for BuzzFeed, wrote in a tweet indicative of the blowback. “If there was any chance it could save a single life, he was obligated to do so. Bob Woodward put making money over his moral and professional duty.”…

“How differently might Trump’s supporters have acted if — this whole time — they knew that he knew COVID was a serious threat?” tweeted Jessica Huseman, a reporter for ProPublica. “Woodward could have made that happen in February.”

In a brief interview with The Associated Press, Woodward said he needed time to ensure that Trump’s remarks were accurate. “He tells me this, and I’m thinking, ‘Wow, that’s interesting, but is it true?'” Woodward said. “Trump says things that don’t check out, right?”

It’s not clear which part of Trump’s remarks about the deadliness of the coronavirus, or his desire to play it down, necessitated six months of fact-checking.