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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The hypocrisy of the mainstream media knows no bounds.
Whether it is one of the three major broadcast networks, the “paper of record,” or MSNBC or CNN, they will shout from the mountaintops when they see the President do or say anything that goes against their narrative. MSNBC and CNN reporters are notorious for going after President Trump and his administration.
Most recently, their animosity was directed at the administration’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. They balked at the notion that anyone should be out in public without a mask or violating the 6′ bubble of social distancing. Rachel Maddow was particularly vocal on the issue.
"Like other members of the White House staff, Ms. Miller did not regularly wear a mask while at work. On Thursday she was seen on television talking without a mask within a few feet of several reporters, all of whom were wearing one."https://t.co/DdlrgDRVkB
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) May 11, 2020
How dare a member of the White House staff be in public without a mask, right Rachel?
Because the members of the the left-leaning media are such virtuous people who always practice what they preach, it came as a complete shock to everyone over the weekend when CNN White House correspondent Kaitlin Collins removed her mask immediately following a press conference at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Can you feel the sarcasm?
The mask is for show? pic.twitter.com/XnRLiEJ1L5
— Power Tie (@realPowerTie) May 15, 2020
The website RedState said of the event:
“It’s almost like all these reporters wearing masks while not being within 10 feet of anyone are just virtue signaling to push a partisan narratives. Crazy thought, right?
“What’s really hilarious here is that Collins has made several public comments, as well as authored articles chastising the President for not wearing a mask, even when it logically made no sense to do so. In fact, just yesterday she used her time at the President’s presser to scold Trump and his officials for not wearing masks at an outdoor briefing in which no one stood near each other.”
President Trump has labeled CNN “fake news” for its obvious bias toward the President and his administration. His battles with Jim Acosta are legendary. It appears as though network goes out of its way to criticize every decision he makes, even if they normally would have agreed with it, and every word out of his mouth.
And the President does not hold back in his responses to them for it.
He tweeted, “A CNN Faker!” with video clip posted from his son Eric.
Collins, in typical CNN fashion, responded:
“Nearly 90,000 Americans have been killed by coronavirus, and the president is tweeting about me pulling my mask down for six seconds on Friday.”
Nearly 90,000 Americans have been killed by coronavirus, and the president is tweeting about me pulling my mask down for six seconds on Friday. https://t.co/UYib8tS7pO
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) May 18, 2020
Nothing like watching the clock on the video and saying it was only for six seconds.
Yes, that’s all the video showed, but that doesn’t mean she only had her mask off for six literal seconds. That’s just what the video caught.
This is not the first time that White House Correspondents have been caught with their masks down when they thought no one was watching.
This is the second time they’ve been caught. Wtf? ARE WE AWAKE YET!? Holy shit! They’ll keep doing it too. pic.twitter.com/9UjAoUOPUa
— PatrioticWarrior1776 (@PWarrior1776) May 16, 2020
Let’s be honest. The issue here isn’t whether or not people are wearing masks. It is the blatant hypocrisy coming from the media.
Jim Acosta, Don Lemon, Chris Cuomo, and so many others at that network claim to always have the truth on their side, and they never report anything out of spite or animosity towards the President. But look at the numbers provided by Collins in her tweet.
“Nearly 90,000 Americans have been killed,” she tweeted.
There are stories circulating that the number of deaths in this country are inflated as hospitals are being ordered to list COVID-19 as the reason for death, even without a positive test. They are allowed to assume that COVID may have played a part.
One source, who works within a major hospital system and spoke with Law Enforcement Today under the condition of anonymity, said:
“The hospitals in my area are absolutely being told to list COVID in any instance that it isn’t apparent that it was something else that led to the death of the patient. They are 100% padding the stats.”
Dr. Birx, the response coordinator for the White House virus task force, said:
“The intent is … if someone dies with COVID-19 we are counting that,” she added.
Read that again.
“With COVID-19,” not “because of COVID-19.”
A quick look at COVID death rates by state should reveal that the most heavily populated areas of the country and those with the highest population of elderly would have the most virus-related fatalities.
But the reporting does not always bear that out.
The three most populous states are California, Texas and Florida, who rank 8th, 15th and 10th in number of reported deaths. They also rank 1st, 3rd and 2nd, respectively, in elderly population. That is the group most susceptible to the virus. Again, it would stand to reason that these three states would have the highest number of fatalities reported.
However, the top 10 reported deaths by state (overall population rank/elderly population rank/reported deaths) are:
New York (4th/4th/1st)
New Jersey (11th/8th/2nd)
The only two that seem to add up from the standpoint of ranks and percentages are Pennsylvania and Illinois.
The others along with California, Texas and Florida seem to defy logic.
So, what does that actually mean? It shows that there are so many other factors that could go into this information.
Climate, rural population versus urban, urban sprawl versus vertical residency, and numerous other things could be a part of the equation. But one likely and logical reason for these disparities is a difference in how deaths are being categorized and reported.
The problem is, there is no way for us to really know. Most of us are not doctors or coroners performing autopsies. That being said, there is enough information out there for people to make informed decisions.
Since the mainstream media isn’t going to shoot straight, you just have to be willing to look for it.
However, the type of research required to arrive at the conclusion I listed above is apparently beneath the “fact-checkers” at CNN. They just spout information as though it is the gospel truth, all the while, they are are chastising Trump and his administration when they believe that they are using “made up” facts.
For the record, it took me an hour to compile all of the necessary data and compile a spreadsheet to provide the details you just read.
And don’t even get me started on the way CNN and other mainstream media handle the reporting of police activity, especially regarding officer involved shootings. I could go into that in great detail, but that’s beyond the scope of this article.
Suffice it to say, they are about as fair to the police as they are to President Trump.
So, to the fine people at CNN (along with other mainstream media outlets), do some homework.
And, since you love to call people out after “fact-checking” them, try doing the same thing internally. Call out your own reporters and hold them accountable for the information that they are providing.
It’s called journalistic integrity.
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