Brian Stelter, host of the little-watched CNN offering “Reliable Sources,” was fact-checked by several social media users on Saturday after he appeared to be trying to defend President Joe Biden against critics who are blaming him for the worsening supply chain crisis.
For months, bottlenecks at major U.S. ports have been made worse by a dearth of truck drivers and other workers up and down the supply chain, despite the administration’s pledge to rectify the problems. And while Americans are flush with cash and demand is high, the time it takes to get those goods to retailers and other outlets has been lengthening for weeks.
The Los Angeles Times’ White House correspondent, Chris Megerian, appeared to be making that point in a tweet from last week noting that the number of container ships outside of major California ports is growing.
There were 58 container ships waiting off California’s coast when President Biden announced the Los Angeles port would work around the clock.
Now there are 78. https://t.co/jC1kYIjCbH
— Chris Megerian (@ChrisMegerian) November 10, 2021
“There were 58 container ships waiting off California’s coast when President Biden announced the Los Angeles port would work around the clock. Now there are 78,” he wrote on Wednesday.
Bloomberg News reported Thursday that the congestion near the major California ports has become so significant that cargo ships are being ordered to remain some 150 miles offshore before being ‘greenlighted’ to approach.
Ships waiting to anchor at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will have to wait for a green light about 150 miles from the coast https://t.co/mCgYr3BWwY
— Bloomberg (@business) November 12, 2021
In response, Stelter tweeted what he appeared to believe was an appropriate comparative response: A photo of a woman in a grocery store who appears to be buying a gallon of milk.
“‘The supply chain!’ she exclaims, looking for milk for 2-year-old,” he tweeted along with the photo. ‘Look at this amazing, overflowing abundance,’ he responds.”
“The supply chain!” she exclaims, looking for milk for 2-year-old
“Look at this amazing, overflowing abundance,” he responds pic.twitter.com/g4haMj0VT2
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) November 13, 2021
Several social media users were quick to point out that the U.S. does not import refrigerated milk on container ships, while others noted that the administration appears, thus far, to have done little to ease the logjams and supply chokepoints.
Probably not a good idea as a member of legacy media to make light of a very real issue that even the Biden/Harris Administration admits will be impacting Americans well into 2022.
BTW, how about you zoom in on the prices?
— AdamInHTownTX (LGBFJB+ Supporter) (@AdamInHTownTX) November 13, 2021
Are you implying there aren’t supply chain issues with this tweet?
— Patrick Ownby 🧢 (@PatrickOwnby1) November 13, 2021
Very happy to see the overseas cargo ships with milk made it through.
— tsar becket adams (@BecketAdams) November 13, 2021
Milk isn’t on container ships Brian.
— Reaganette (@Ezinger44) November 13, 2021
Does… does he think we import milk off cargo ships? https://t.co/GEaSWdolUZ
— Fletch (@FletchMatlock) November 13, 2021
You realize milk usually comes locally, right? https://t.co/Zpg4jnbtZ8
— Pradheep J. Shanker (@Neoavatara) November 13, 2021
I took these last week on business in Annapolis. From two different supermarkets, by the way. Not your best work, with all due respect. pic.twitter.com/baj0ZDQskp
— Gideon Dabi (@gideondabi) November 13, 2021
“There is milk in a store somewhere therefore no supply chain issues” – CNN
— Terry (@iamterryhi) November 13, 2021
Groceries are not the issue. Good lord. Groceries aren’t imported.
— Jeff (@BlazerBeav) November 13, 2021
Local honda dealer rotated our tires on the family van.
I asked him why there are no cars on the lot.
He said they got 4 new cars to sell last month, the normal is about 100.
Said most the sales staff is on leave for months now until they have cars to sell.
Hot take though.
— TJDMCR – 716 OG (@TJDMCR) November 13, 2021
Defend Biden! Defend Biden! Defend Biden! https://t.co/lzDNEkDdIr
— Mike LaChance (@MikeLaChance33) November 13, 2021
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