The liberal media will stop at no ends to trash the Trump Administration.
From Becket Adams at the Washington Examiner:
It has been said before, but it bears repeating: You are better off watching raw footage of the White House press briefings than trusting the word of journalists.
Put more simply, members of our vaunted Fourth Estate cannot be trusted to report accurately on this administration. They are just making stuff up at this point.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Wednesday tried to explain President Trump’s position that schools in the United States should reopen sooner rather than later.
“The president has said, unmistakably, that he wants schools to open. And I was just in the Oval [Office] talking to him about that. And when he says ‘open,’ he means ‘open in full’ — kids being able to attend each and every day at their school,” she told reporters at a White House press briefing.
“The science should not stand in the way of this,” McEnany continued. “And as Dr. Scott Atlas said — I thought this was a good quote — ‘Of course we can do it. Everyone else in the Western world, our peer nations, are doing it. We are the outlier here.’ The science is very clear on this — that, you know, for instance, you look at the [Journal of the American Medical Association’s] pediatric study of 46 pediatric hospitals in North America that said the risk of critical illness from COVID is far less for children than that of seasonal flu.”
The White House press secretary concluded, “The science is on our side here. We encourage for localities and states to just simply follow the science. Open our schools.”
McEnany obviously did not say that schools should reopen despite what the science says. She clearly said that there should not be any science-based objections to reopening precisely because the data show it is both safe and preferable to put students back into their classrooms.
But you would never know what McEnany said or meant from following members of the press, many of whom selectively edited the White House press secretary’s remarks Wednesday to make her sound like a knuckle-dragging flat-earther.
“The White House Press Secretary on Trump’s push to reopen schools: ‘The science should not stand in the way of this,’” said CNN’s Jim Acosta, conveniently omitting some fairly necessary context.
CNN’s Ana Cabrera tweeted, “WH Press Secretary: ‘When he (Trump) says open, he means open – in full – kids being able to attend each and every day at their school,’ McEnany told reporters at the press briefing. ‘The science should not stand in the way of this.’”
“From the White House podium: ‘Science should not stand in the way’ of reopening schools,” CBS News White House correspondent Weijia Jiang posted.
Reporter Jim Heath, who brags in his Twitter media profile that he is a Walter Cronkite Award-winner, said, “‘The science should not stand in the way of this.’ You just can’t make this stuff up. 108 days until the election.”
“‘The science should not stand in the way of this,’ [McEnany] says of fully re-opening schools,” said NBC News’s Josh Lederman.
The Daily Beast claimed in its headline from the briefing, “Kayleigh McEnany: ‘Science Should Not Stand in the Way’ of Reopening Schools.”
Tweeted CBS News, “McEnany: ‘The president has said unmistakably that he wants schools to open. …When he says open, he means open and full, kids being able to attend each and every day at their school. The science should not stand in the way of this.’”
“The White House press secretary says ‘science should not stand in the way’ of reopening schools,” the New York Times claimed in the headline to a live blog post.
The Guardian similarly claimed on its live blog, “White House: ‘The science should not stand in the way’ of reopening schools.”
“White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on school reopenings: ‘The science should not stand in the way of this,’” said the Washington Post’s Twitter account.
The Washington Post also published a headline that reads, “‘The science should not stand in the way’ of schools reopening, White House press secretary says.”
Weird how none of these news accounts were able to include the full context of the press secretary’s remarks. Just a total mystery!
Look, whether the science is on the side of reopening is not the issue. The issue here is that our press cannot be trusted to convey accurately and fairly even basic statements made by administration officials. If we cannot trust reporters to perform even the most basic functions of their profession, then what can we trust?
Never forget: When the country elected an intemperate demagogue as president, the corporate news media failed its public duty in the worst way imaginable by somehow being nearly as untrustworthy as the man in the Oval Office.