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Jim Acosta’s deceptive take covering Kayleigh McEnany so egregious even Jake Tapper couldn’t take it

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CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta is so desperate to portray President Donald Trump in a negative light that he no longer bothers with honesty or trying to conceal his agenda.

The primadonna Trump-hating reporter, who long ago violated one of the cardinal sins of journalism, making himself part of the story, cherry-picked a comment from White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Thursday, presenting the quote entirely out of context.

To hear Acosta tell it, the Trump administration just said to hell with science.

The great irony here is that this comes from the same cabal that ignores science altogether to insist that a man who fancies himself a woman is indeed a woman.

But the quote Acosta shared left out the fact that McEnany added that “science is on our side” when it comes to reopening schools, after quoting former Stanford Medical Center neurology chief Dr. Scott Adams.

Calling it a “Case Study in Media Bias,” the press secretary tweeted a clip of her full remarks.

“The science should not stand in the way of this, but 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,'” she said at Thursday’s press briefing.

“The science is very clear on this,” she continued. “For example, you look at the JAMA pediatric study of 46 pediatric hospitals in North America that said the risk of critical illness from COVID is far less for children than the seasonal flu. The science is on our side here.”

McEnany then encouraged state and local officials “to just simply follow the science. Open our schools.”

The outcry over Acosta’s deception was so immediate that he tried to save face with a second tweet — posted 12 minutes later.

As for the followup tweet, Acosta is well aware of how the game is played.

It would certainly seem that the president has firm footing in dismissing CNN as “fake news” when the network allows for such underhanded tactics when covering Trump.

Other media outlets took Acosta’s lead to propagate the prescribed narrative, with The Hill selectively editing a video clip to cut McEnany saying “science is on our side here.”

Acosta was so egregious in his actions that even CNN colleague Jake Tapper tweeted in support of McEnany, before addressing the matter later on air.

“She’s arguing that the science is on the side of those who want to open them, she cites a JAMA study. I’m not taking a position on the matter but be fair,” Tapper said in a tweet.
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The criticism of Acosta’s brand of journalism came fast and furious:

 

Tom Tillison

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