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USA Today, a news outlet whose “reporting” has grown increasingly left-wing in the Trump era, is now seeking to effectively doxx everybody who attended Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination at the White House Rose Garden last month.
“USA TODAY is attempting to identify every person at the event using publicly available photographs of that day. If you know of someone who is not on our list, please fill out this form,” a story on the news outlet’s website reads with numbers attached to attendees in the picture.
As of Friday morning, the outlet had already identified 192 of over 200 attendees and was seeking the public’s help in identifying everybody else.
USA TODAY is attempting to identify every person at the event using publicly available photographs of that day. Help us fill in the blanks.https://t.co/BveNvsht9o
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) October 7, 2020
The outlet and newspaper has justified its campaign by dubbing the event a likely “superspreader” of the coronavirus “after nearly a dozen people in attendance later tested positive for COVID-19,” including President Donald Trump.
While it’s possible the event did lead to the transmission of the virus, it’s unclear why USA Today is seeking to publicly expose attendees instead of either letting the White House handle it itself or working privately in conjunction with the White House.
The above tweet from USA Today boasted a growing ratio as of Friday morning, with a majority of repliers accusing the outlet of engaging in “creepy,” “Orwellian” behavior.
This is creepy in an Orwellian kinda way. Not a good look for the media.
— Chris Edwards (@Chris5piece) October 7, 2020
This is a HORRIBLE look. Has all media lost their minds.😳
— jenndee19 (@jenndee19) October 7, 2020
Who gives you the authority to do this?
— Lori Koozin (@LKoozin) October 7, 2020
How Big Brother of you.
— wayne woods (@WayneWwoods) October 7, 2020
Just changeyour name to “China Today” and get it over with
— 🌟🌟🌟JimmyPatriot🌟🌟🌟 (@jimmypatriot2) October 7, 2020
Stalin would be proud, komrades
— 🇺🇸🇺🇸 Truth Seeker 🇺🇸🇺🇸 (@truthQseeker) October 7, 2020
— Zoe Life (@ZoeLifeMAGA) October 7, 2020
One frequent complaint was the observation that USA Today and its peers in the left-wing media had never once sought to doxx the looters and rioters who’d gathered en masse in the streets — and sometimes without masks — over the summer.
Weird, I don’t recall seeing posts like this for protestors, rioters, looters..
— Michelle Ciociola-Wise (@meeshciociola) October 7, 2020
You do this for the rioters and looters too?
— Mary Romaniec (@MRomaniec) October 7, 2020
Now do BLM, Riots, Antifa…so on and so forth.
— Biblical Craftsman (@ThinkBibleFirst) October 7, 2020
This is what is called crazy stuff. You did not want to share videos or pictures of rioters and looters but want do this. No more hiding as News Media…you are openly backing your party.
— Srikant Sunkara (@srikantsunkara) October 7, 2020
If anything, members of the mainstream media rushed to the defense of looters and rioters after independent journalists such as Andy Ngo began publishing their mugshots to the Internet to warn the public of their dangerous activities.
Regardless, according to the Los Angeles Times, the Trump administration has “relegated contact tracing to an internal team of doctors, who reportedly have focused on tracking down those in close proximity to the president between the Sept. 29 debate in Ohio and his positive test for the coronavirus two days later.”
The only problem is that Barrett’s nomination happened three days prior to the debate.
Concerns about the event being a “superspreader” have also been raised by Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.
“Officials with the Washington, D.C., Department of Health have been unsuccessful in trying to connect with the White House to assist with contact tracing and other protocols regarding the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak that has infected President Donald Trump and several senior staff members,” NBC News reported Tuesday.
“‘We have reached out to the White House on a couple of different levels, a political level and a public health level,’ Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser said Monday. She added that a D.C. health department representative who reached out to the White House ‘had a very cursory conversation that we don’t consider a substantial contact from the public health side.'”
But Bowser also admitted that White House officials “have their hands full” at the moment, suggesting they could potentially benefit from privately offered help.
All this comes as congressional Democrats and their media allies are desperately seeking any excuse to delay Barrett’s confirmation hearings.
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) October 3, 2020
And in arguing for a delay, Democrat leaders have cited the need for contact tracing.
“It is premature for [Judiciary Committee] Chairman [Lindsey] Graham to commit to a hearing schedule when we do not know the full extent of potential exposure stemming from the president’s infection and before the White House puts in place a contact tracing plan to prevent further spread of the disease,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Dianne Feinstein wrote in a letter last week.
They also predictably argued against holding virtual confirmation hearings.
It’s critical that Chairman Graham put the health of senators, the nominee and staff first – and ensure a full and fair hearing that is not rushed, not truncated, and not virtual. Otherwise this already illegitimate process will become a dangerous one.https://t.co/Q71XlWNGMW
— Senator Dianne Feinstein (@SenFeinstein) October 2, 2020
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