Yahoo News reporter Hunter Walker apologized to President Donald Trump after his failed attempt to dunk on him at a White House briefing backfired in epic fashion.
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Walker tweeted: “In the Oval Office, I asked about [coronavirus] test rates and infection rates compared to South Korea. President Trump and Dr. Birx said I was wrong, that they’ve done more tests per capita. Trump said I should apologize.”
Walker continued: “We have passed South Korea in the number of tests conducted per capita. I misread the mobile version of this chart and am sorry about that.”
The brouhaha erupted after Walker falsely claimed that South Korea has tested far more people per capita than the United States.
Walker asked: “Mr. President, overall South Korea has done five times more tests than the U.S. per capita. Why is that?”
Trump replied: “I don’t think that’s true.”
Walker retorted: “That is true.”
At that point, Dr. Deborah Birx, who’s the White House’s coronavirus response coordinator, chimed in. The physician contradicted Hunter Walker’s false statement.
“South Korea’s testing was 11 per 100,000. And we are at 17 per 100,000,” Dr. Birx said.
An annoyed President Trump responded to the reporter: “Are you going to apologize? That’s why you’re Yahoo and nobody knows who the hell you are. Nobody knows who you are, including me. You ought to get your facts right before you make a statement like that. Your facts are wrong.”
(Source: White House)
Predictably, the media used the incident to attack President Trump as thin-skinned. In reality, it spotlights the media’s obsessive attempts to hijack press briefings to make themselves the news instead of doing their jobs — which is to cover the news.
CNN’s Jim Acosta has repeatedly hijacked the White House press briefings to raise his own celebrity and spout left-wing talking points.
Two weeks ago, Acosta callously characterized the daily coronavirus briefings as “happy talk.”
President Trump said Acosta’s tone-deaf dismissal of the briefings as “happy talk” was a slap in the face to the countless people working nonstop to combat the pandemic.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) April 11, 2020
In 2018, Acosta was caught on a hot-mic bragging that he had intentionally disrupted the peace summit between North Korea’s Kim Jong Un and President Trump as petty revenge for him not being allowed to sit in on their denuclearization meeting.
Acosta brags on hot mic he intentionally disrupted summit: 'Hey, if they're not going to let me in the f**king meeting' https://t.co/Xjf4ugMltR
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) June 13, 2018
Last week, Trump blasted CBS News reporter Paula Reid as a “fake news” pimp who’s a “disgrace” to journalism.
Trump made the remarks in response to Reid’s angry accusations that he didn’t respond quickly enough to the coronavirus outbreak in the United States.
Trump takes down combative CBS reporter: 'You're so disgraceful! You know you're a fake' https://t.co/Q7MZmISvNs via @BIZPACReview
CBS reporter whose husband worked for the Chinese government taken to the woodshed …
— Lary Mitch ❌⚔️ (@lpmitchellrtr) April 14, 2020
Keep in mind that when the President imposed a travel ban on China back in January, left-wing media hyenas like Reid smeared him as a racist.
At the time, no American had died from COVID-19. In fact, the first U.S. death didn’t occur until Feb. 29. So ordering a travel ban in January was ahead of the curve.
These distracting shenanigans are part of the reason why Trump supporters have urged the President to hold shorter coronavirus briefings without taking any questions.
Millions of Americans say the Q&A sessions don’t help the public get informed because reporters exploit them as vehicles to ask gotcha questions to raise their profiles.
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