For someone who so frequently accuses President Donald Trump of dismissing the wisdom of experts, fake news “journalist” Maggie Haberman of The New York Times may want to consider following her own advice sometime.
She certainly failed to abide by her own standards during an appearance Sunday afternoon on CNN’s notoriously unreliable “Reliable Sources.”
During her appearance on the program, host Brian Stelter asked renowned emergency physician Dr. Esther Choo, a professor at the Oregon Health & Science University, whether the media have been irresponsible in their attempts to “look for fractures” between the president and the top officials on his coronavirus task force, including National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci.
“Yeah,” the doctor bluntly replied.
Watch, and take note of Haberman’s impassioned disagreement (disable your adblocker if the video doesn’t appear):
“We need a unified response to this,” Choo continued. “Working on the front lines and speaking for my colleagues around the country, we’re in there every day doing everything we can with dwindling resources and equipment. What we need is strong, clear leadership and to not feel totally abandoned in our effort to take care of people.”
“So we need to figure out who really has a handle on this thing. We need to stand behind the science that Dr. Fauci puts out every day and figure out a way to rally behind his messages, about how to best contain this disease, and, yeah, not look to divide the message or to really question the authority that’s coming out of our leading scientists.”
Given the opportunity to respond, Haberman, a lifelong “journalist” with no scientific or medical training, vehemently disagreed.
“I disagree with it. … I think that we’re reporting on what is taking place. I think the idea that anybody in the media wants to get sick and wants to act as if any of this is a game I think is grossly unfair. My colleagues in the White House briefing room are … putting themselves at risk every time they go in that briefing room,” she said.
“Reporters who are covering this in New York City, in hospitals all across the country are putting themselves at risk when they’re trying to do this. I think the fact that there’s a distinction between what Fauci is saying and what the president is saying is not the media’s doing. And I think it’s dangerous to categorize reporting as us trying to play a game, respectfully.”
While her rebuttal may sound sensible at first glance, lying underneath it happens to be a mound of lies, mistruths, and obfuscations.
First, the notion that there’s some vast disagreement between Trump’s rhetoric and that of his top coronavirus official, Dr. Fauci, is a lie — one that’s been addressed repeatedly by Fauci himself.
The media got it wrong.
“I have never been muzzled, ever and I’ve been doing this since the administration of Ronald Reagan. I am not being muzzled by this administration… It was a real misrepresentation of what happened.” – NIH official Dr. Faucipic.twitter.com/IYfxrDbZDl
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) February 29, 2020
Weeks later, Fauci was forced to intervene again after the media began portraying his and the president’s slightly differing perspectives on the potential coronavirus cure chloroquine as a vast disagreement.
“The president has heard, as we all have heard, what are what I call anecdotal reports that certain drugs work,” he said during an appearance on CBS.
“So what he was trying to do and express was the hope that if they might work, let’s try and push their usage. I, on the other side, have said I’m not disagreeing with the fact [that] anecdotally they might work, but my job is to prove definitively from a scientific standpoint that they do work.”
Second, the notion that Haberman and her colleagues in the left-wing media aren’t trying to “play a game” that revolves around broadcasting their beloved #OrangeManBad narrative nonstop is easily disproved by just looking at her own tweets.
Case in point:
“I want them to be appreciative,” the president says of governors who are criticizing the federal response.
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) March 27, 2020
As usual, Haberman took the president’s words completely out of context.
“I want them to be appreciative. We’ve done a great job. And I’m not talking about me. I’m talking about Mike Pence, the task force, I’m talking about FEMA, the Army Corps of Engineers,” Trump had said during Friday’s coronavirus briefing.
See the difference?
Yet even after being called out by thousands of people, including the president himself, the so-called “journalist” has refused to correct her tweet.
She is a third rate reporter who has nothing going. A Fake News “journalist”. https://t.co/SopsC7uMMf
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 28, 2020
And stunningly, after the president rightly blasted Haberman in the tweet above, her employer came rushing to her defense, despite her clear-cut attempt to obfuscate.
“Maggie Haberman is a trusted journalist whose reporting has stood the test of time,” The New York Times said in a statement.
So to recap, the woman with a track record for publishing fake news, obfuscating the truth and telling bald-faced lies is a “trusted journalist.”
And of course, this clearly false assertion is coming from the same breed of demonstrably left-wing mainstream media outlets who conversely believe that Obama appointee Dr. Deborah Leah Birx, who like Dr. Choo has been willing to stand up to the media’s nonsense, is nothing but a “Stepford Doc” …
I, for one, am no longer interested in hearing from Dr. Brix. Her vouching for Trump’s vast scientific abilities from his business background was the breaking point. Stepford Doc
— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) March 27, 2020
#Journalism (is dead) …
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