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CNN began the first official day of newly-inaugurated President Joe Biden’s presidency proudly sharing fake news designed to make former President Donald Trump look bad.
“Newly sworn-in President Joe Biden and his advisers are inheriting no coronavirus vaccine distribution plan to speak of from the Trump administration, sources tell CNN, posing a significant challenge for the new White House,” the far-left network reported.
According to journalist Steve Krakauer, the far-left network went on to obsess over the story throughout Thursday.
“As has often been the case over the past few years, a single story blanketed the airwaves. From 5 am this morning until just after 4 pm this afternoon, CNN viewers heard 23 separate times that the Biden team had to start ‘from scratch’ building a COVID vaccination plan,” Krakauer reported in his Fourth Watch newsletter.
But it was all a lie — one that CNN, a network whose “journalists” are consumed by an Orwellian desire to label everybody else “liars” and silence their voices, had uncritically propagated for hours on end.
To top it off, it was one of CNN’s beloved heroes, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ Dr. Anthony Fauci, who helped expose the lie.
During a White House coronavirus briefing that afternoon, NBC News’ Kristen Welker asked the doctor whether the Biden administration is indeed “starting from scratch.”
He replied in the negative.
“No, I mean, we certainly are not starting from scratch because there is activity going on in the distribution,” he said.
This prompted Welker to then challenge Fauci with Biden’s claims.
“President Biden said that what was left was abysmal, essentially. I mean, is there anything actionable that you’re taking from the previous administration? And does that delay your efforts to get the vaccine? I mean, that’s the question,” she asked.
And again Fauci replied in the negative.
“No, I mean, we’re coming in with fresh ideas, but also some ideas that were not bad ideas with the previous administration. You can’t say it was absolutely not usable at all. So we are continuing but you’re going to see a real ramping up of it,” he said.
It would have been nice if CNN had spoken with Fauci before spending hours on end propagating what was clearly a lie from the Biden administration.
Not that his confirmation was even required. Even without it, the evidence of the Trump administration’s coronavirus vaccine distribution efforts was legion.
See some of the evidence below:
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) January 21, 2021
This is so transparently false, and a huge insult to thousands of people that have been working 24/7 to make the vaccine and current distribution happen.
There have been almost 36 million doses distributed to the states. Over 17 million shots administered by the states. https://t.co/eNK9Eiho0k
— AG (@AGHamilton29) January 21, 2021
Fact check: Liehttps://t.co/Izxz6DfVKv
— mallen2010 (@mallen2010) January 21, 2021
CNN’s motivation for peddling the lie is obvious: It functions as “Democrat State Media.” Though to its credit, one of its own hosts did call out its false reporting.
“Another thing that I don’t buy comes out of our reporting … that people in the administration say they’re starting from scratch with the vaccine. No, they’re not!” Chris Cuomo, of all people, exclaimed in anger during a discussion with Fauci late Thursday.
“You have an infrastructure out there that you’re well aware of that has to be improved. But they shouldn’t get any benefit of a low bar here either. … Are they gonna scrap it or are they going to build on it, make it better?”
What’s not as obvious is the reason for the lie itself.
According to Krakauer, the lie was designed to hide the fact that the crux of the Biden administration’s vaccine distribution plan is to continue doing exactly what the Trump administration already started — albeit in a seemingly less expeditious manner:
“The Biden administration set a goal of 100 million vaccines in the first 100 days. Sounds like big numbers!” he reported.
That comes out to exactly one million vaccines per day. Yet as of Thursday, only one day into Biden’s administration, nearly a million were already being vaccinated daily thanks to the efforts of the just-departed Trump administration.
“Except, in reality, it’s a very modest goal (a point President Biden seemed to know when he snapped at a reporter during a photo-op today to ‘give me a break, man’. As of the past week, 912,000+ vaccine doses were administered in America each day or just over 91% of the Biden administration’s stated goal,” Krakauer added.
Wait, isn’t it actually much worse than this?
The Biden administration’s stated goal is 100 million “doses” in 100 days, meaning somewhere around 50 million people (for the double doses). That’s actually less ambitious than where our current rate is… https://t.co/6XwQRB4mU3
— Steve Krakauer (@SteveKrak) January 21, 2021
The snapping Krakauer reference happened earlier Thursday when a reporter asked Biden, “Mr. President, you set the goal at 100 million vaccines in the first 100 days. Is that high enough? Shouldn’t it be set far higher? It’s basically where the U.S. is right now.”
In response, the president replied, “When I announced it, you all said it’s not possible. Come on, give me a break, man. It’s a good start. 100 million.”
That was clearly a bold-faced lie — one designed to cover up just how “pathetic” Biden’s coronavirus vaccine distribution plans happen to be, according to Krakauer.
“Of the more than 16 million doses administered in America, 2.1 million people have received both doses, meaning at least 14 million total people have already been vaccinated. These numbers are important because the ‘100 million vaccines’ number from the Biden administration is even more modest than it appeared at first – it’s 100 million ‘doses’ or ‘shots’ and not 100 million people,” he reported.
“It would be fair to say America is on a current trajectory to vaccinate more than 100 million people over the next 100 days, and the concept of having at most 60 million Americans vaccinated by the end of April is actually sort of pathetic.”
Indeed, it is …