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The biased mainstream media never misses a chance to attack President Trump and his administration, even in the face of the troubling news that the president and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus.
ABC News chief Washington correspondent Jon Karl, the current president of the White House Correspondents’ Association, took to Twitter to effectively accuse White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany of exposing the press corps to COVID-19.
Never mind that McEnany is well over six feet away from the journalists in the room, all of whom are wearing masks — this being an assessment that assumes the worst, which is that the president’s spokesperson knew she’d been exposed to the virus and recklessly went into the briefing room anyway.
“We now know Hicks had symptoms on Wednesday night and tested positive yesterday morning,” Karl tweeted. “We also know she had been with @PressSec. My question for @PressSec: What did you know, when went into a room full of reporters for your briefing yesterday at 11:20am?”
We now know Hicks had symptoms on Wednesday night and tested positive yesterday morning. We also know she she had been with @PressSec.
My question for @PressSec: What did you know, when went into a room full of reporters for your briefing yesterday at 11:20am?
— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) October 2, 2020
Of course, McEnany did not act in such a careless manner as the ABC News reporter implied.
About an hour later, Karl followed up on his tweet to say McEnany “tells me she did NOT know Hope Hicks had tested positive until after her briefing yesterday.”
No apologies were offered, nor did he delete the original tweet questioning her actions.
.@PressSec Kayleigh McEnany tells me she did NOT know Hope Hicks had tested positive until after her briefing yesterday.
— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) October 2, 2020
Instead, the reporter shifted to attacking White House protocol in regard to contact tracing, citing Chris Christie not being contacted by anyone, even though he was at a debate prep meeting with Trump.
"The White House tells us they've been doing extensive contact tracing," @jonkarl says, but Chris Christie "was at debate prep with the president, and he, as of earlier today, had not been contacted by anybody at the White House to inform him about Hope Hicks." pic.twitter.com/FhtL7W01Sf
— ABC News (@ABC) October 2, 2020
So, in addition to the crazy rumors pushed by MSNBC host Joy Reid that President Trump is lying about getting the virus for political purposes — like getting out of the next debate — conspiracists on the left are implying the White House intentionally tried to inflict reporters with the disease.
Another group of people who the White House may have purposefully exposed to COVID-19. https://t.co/3gJS0pefYX
— John Kelly (@jkelly3rd) October 2, 2020
Needless to say, Karl’s actions didn’t go over too well with social media users, who have seen this movie once too often.
Here’s a sampling of responses to the story from Twitter: (** Language warning)
There’s a bigger chance of you getting it from your fellow “journalists” than from @PressSec.
You asshole. https://t.co/8hkjMpydm2
— RBe (@RBPundit) October 2, 2020
“The press secretary gave us covid on purpose” is about as good a take as “Trump is faking covid because he’s scared of the debates.” https://t.co/sLBATqafen
— Noam Blum (@neontaster) October 2, 2020
“The @PressSec deliberately exposed us to Covid” is definitely not a hot take I expected to see today.
But so very MSM. https://t.co/5tjdqSKed3
— Phineas Fahrquar (@irishspy) October 2, 2020
Weren’t you wearing a mask? https://t.co/R26bl4EEUE
— Matthew D. Dempster (@dempstermd) October 2, 2020
They’ve found a way to make it about themselves.
Now we’ve really got a story. https://t.co/48viqRz7rr
— The Partyman (@PartymanRandy) October 2, 2020
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