CNN host Alisyn Camerota was taken to task online after she complained that Fox News did not carry highly controversial comments from President Joe Biden on Tuesday as he disparaged Republican-run states for passing new voter integrity laws.
Mostly, social media users reminded the CNN host that her own network stopped covering former President Donald Trump’s daily COVID-19 briefings after accusing him of using them to spread “propaganda,” though the briefings always included up-to-date information from his coronavirus task force as the pandemic swept across the country.
“Here’s the problem. The people who believe the big lie get their information from a network that still calls itself a news network though it doesn’t take the president’s speeches and today was no different,” Camerota said during a network segment on Tuesday.
“They noted that President Biden was speaking, but they never took the sound up. They were too busy covering [Microsoft founder] Bill Gates’ divorce,” she lectured as someone on the panel audibly reacted.
CNN’s @AlisynCamerota complains that @FoxNews did not carry Biden’s remarks: "The people will not hear — a large chunk of the country will not hear President Biden’s message that democracy is basically, in some states, being threatened or stolen before our very eyes." pic.twitter.com/CIbyyft5rV
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) July 13, 2021
“And so the people — The people will not hear — a large chunk of the country will not hear President Biden’s message that democracy is basically, in some states, being threatened or stolen before our very eyes,” Camerota continued.
The frustrated CNN host was referring to comments made by Biden earlier Tuesday in which he again falsely claimed that voter integrity laws being considered or passed by Republican-controlled states are intentionally designed to ensure that fewer Democrat-leaning minorities can cast ballots. But in making that statement, Biden also said — again, falsely — that voting laws were being threatened in ways not seen since the Civil War, a comment that drew widespread condemnation from the right.
But to Camerota’s point about Fox News refusing to air Biden’s speech live, her own network, along with other mainstream outlets, stopped covering then-President Trump’s coronavirus briefings last spring, even as the virus was overtaking and inundating hospital systems around the country, after accusing him of using the briefs to spread disinformation.
In addition, CNN and other networks attempted live “fact-checks” of Trump during those briefings, a practice the network has yet to engage in with Biden.
Social media users ripped Camerota and her network in response to a clip of her remarks posted by Grabien founder Tom Elliott.
“She’s just upset that CNN no longer has a large chunk of anything,” wrote one user.
“I wasn’t at the airport so I didn’t see @cnn also wasn’t the election stolen before our very eyes by @JoeBiden #askingforafriend,” another user said.
Kind of a weird self own…@AlisynCamerota Admitting that no one watches @CNN,” wrote another user.
“Well she is not wrong…if only the few people that watch CNN saw the speech then yep large portions…..a majority of the country…did not hear..Well done CNN on those great ratings,” observed another Twitter user.
“CNN set the standard that news outlets are free to not air statements from POTUS when it deems them to be misinformation, lies or propaganda,” another wrote.
Last year, Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera lashed out at CNN and MSNBC for refusing to carry Trump’s briefings.
“I tweeted out today to my colleagues at MSNBC and CNN that I thought it was really amateurish of them to not carry the President’s task force briefings, that they were doing not only harming themselves in terms of ratings but doing a disservice to their audience,” Rivera told Fox News host Sean Hannity during his radio show.
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