Does NBC's Nancy Snyderman think she is better than everyone else and health safety rules don't apply to her?
NBC's Dr. Nancy Snyderman violated her 21-day Ebola quarantine by making a secret run to a New Jersey restaurant
Several people say they spotted Snyderman last week in the back seat of her Mercedes outside the Peasant Grill near Princeton University. New Jersey officials have investigated and determined Snyderman was indeed in the car, and someone from the NBC crew -- also under quarantine -- went inside the restaurant to pick up food.
A third member of her crew -- also under quarantine -- stayed inside the car with Snyderman, who was wearing shades and had her hair in a ponytail.
The lapse on the part of Snyderman and her crew was enough for the New Jersey Health Dept. to turn the voluntary 21-day quarantine into a mandatory order.
NBC News finally broke its silence on Dr. Nancy Snyderman’s quarantine violation today on its evening newscast — but only to read a prepared statement from its chief medical correspondent, who appears to be unclear as to the whole “quarantine” thing.
At the tail end of the newscast’s lead segment about the nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital stricken with Ebola after coming into contact with Thomas Eric Duncan, anchor Brian Williams noted “our chief medical editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman has been in the news herself these past few days.” Saying “we” spoke to Snyderman earlier today, Williams then read a prepared statement from her. “While under voluntary quarantine guidelines which called for our team to avoid public contact for 21 days, members of our group violated those guidelines and understand that our quarantine is now mandatory until 21 days have passed,” Snyderman said — forgetting to mention that she’s the one sighted by Princeton locals double-parked outside a local eatery late last week.
“We remain healthy and our temperatures are normal,” Snyderman continued in her statement, explaining that “as a health professional I know that we have no symptoms and pose no risk to the public,” but not explaining what prompted her to violate the voluntary quarantine agreement with health officials to make a take-out food run. She did, however, say she is “deeply sorry for the concerns this episode caused.”
Other networks, however, had a field day today with Nancy Snyderman and Her Mandatory Quarantine story — a state of involuntary stay-at-homedness to which she’s been sent by the New Jersey Department of Health.
CNN’s media navel lint gazer Brian Stelter noted that, even though every member of Snyderman’s crew is asymptomatic, the quarantine busting “goes to her credibility as the chief medical correspondent at the network.” CNN’s legal analyst Paul Callan observed that Snyderman faces 60 days in the slammer if she violates this mandatory quarantine.