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Besides being loud and rebellious like Jim Acosta, CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins is, it would appear, a hypocrite — one who was caught on camera removing her coronavirus mask moments after the conclusion of Friday’s White House briefing.
This of course raises the question of why she even had a mask on in the first place considering that removing a mask while still in the presence of numerous other people completely defeats the purpose.
Watch the relevant video footage below, and keep an eye out on the woman in the front row wearing a pink blazer (disable your adblocker if the video doesn’t appear):
The footage of Collins removing her mask while still among other people seems peculiar in light of the fact that her reporting these past two or so months has often focused on calling out those White House officials who’ve chosen not to don masks.
Case in point:
Asked why he’s not wearing a face mask, Dr. Fauci says he was tested yesterday for coronavirus and it was negative.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) April 6, 2020
After he was criticized for not wearing a mask at the Mayo Clinic earlier this week, Vice President Pence is now wearing a mask as he tours a General Motors facility today. pic.twitter.com/qtAPZcILAO
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) April 30, 2020
Asked if our story about a valet testing positive will have any effect on what’s going on inside the West Wing, like staff wearing masks, Kellyanne Conway says in part, “I think if anybody should start wearing masks and showing more respect, it should be the media.”
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) May 7, 2020
At vaccine event in the Rose Garden, POTUS is joined by several officials on stage. Some, like Dr. Birx and Dr. Fauci are in masks. Others, like Defense Secretary Esper and HHS Secretary Azar, aren’t.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) May 15, 2020
Meanwhile, some of her equally hypocritical colleagues at CNN have gone so far as to try and outright shame Trump administration officials for not wearing a mask.
— Cuomo Prime Time (@CuomoPrimeTime) April 29, 2020
But as noted earlier, wearing a mask is utterly pointless unless it’s kept on the whole time and not just worn while, say, on live national television.
And in Collins’ case, this isn’t even the first example of her purposefully wearing a mask while on camera but then sliding it off when she thinks she’s clear.
Another can be seen near the end of the video tweet below:
💥WATCH CNN KAITLAN COLLINS 💥
💥YOU WILL NOT BELIEVE THIS 💥
— Vendetta is V (@V_4_Vendatta) May 17, 2020
Naturally, the latest footage from Friday’s briefing has provoked some backlash, with a large number of social media users excoriating Collins for her apparent hypocrisy.
— Jonathan Falcon (@JonathanFalcons) May 16, 2020
— Jules (@JulesSophiaS) May 17, 2020
@kaitlancollins Opinion. May 15, 2020 WH Press Briefing. You must have thought the cameras were off because you removed you mask as soon as Press Secretary ended the briefing also No Social Distancing. Didn’t you Beat On VP Pence for not wearing Mask. We call that a #Hypocrite
— Russell Jones (@Russell40507562) May 16, 2020
Fake news faking mask
— Ethiopia Amanuel (@AmanuelEthiopia) May 17, 2020
Apparently reporters are immune from covid 19 when the cameras stop. Why did princess take a chance with the safety of the whole world by ripping off her mask. Idiots believe what they’re told but ignore what they see.
— Karen Bush (@KarenBu35564941) May 17, 2020
@kaitlancollins funny how you keep shaming the president for not wearing a mask meanwhile when you think the cameras stop rolling you take your mask off immediately! Just another example of FAKE NEWS!! You are such a FAKE!! Thank you @PressSec for a great job pic.twitter.com/UvJFopigmp
— Tom Kruse (@TomKrus60430893) May 17, 2020
I used to trust your reporting- now that I have seen you do something that you criticize (mask and social distancing) so frequently I have very little faith in you.
— Sean Boskin (@BoskinSean) May 17, 2020
The latter tweet was particularly stinging because it emanated from someone who, for whatever reason, used to “trust” her reporting.
It’s not clear why seemingly left-wing reporters like Collins don’t understand how a mask is supposed to work. The same applies to left-wing politicians like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who earned Instagram praise last week from failed 2016 Democrat presidential Hillary Clinton for her so-called “mask-to-pantsuit color coordination.”
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Sure, the color coordination is excellent, but again, what’s the point? Whenever Pelosi puts on a mask, she invariably pulls it off at least once while still around other people.
The examples are numerous:
— Harish Amatya (@harish_amatya) May 13, 2020
Mask off pic.twitter.com/FbyFkCNsMm
— 64Caligirl (@64CaliGirl) May 5, 2020
.@SpeakerPelosi why the display of theatrics by wearing masks in Congress? But when you speak, you take the mask off? #hypocrisy #democrats #JustForTv. #FOX #CBS #ABC #NBC #MSNBC #CNN #NYTimes. #coronavirus #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/hd7nKLrcOb
— 💞💑 (@1776usafreedom) April 26, 2020
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