CNN is catching heat for doing what they do best: lying their arses off. They published an anonymously sourced story (anonymously meaning the person doesn’t exist) that the new Biden administration is now going to have to “build everything from scratch” concerning COVID-19 vaccine distribution from scratch because as they reported, the Trump administration had no plan to distribute the vaccines. The problem with this is that reality reveals a completely different story.
Joe Biden said that he wants to get things up to speed so that his administration can see to it that 100 million Americans get vaccinated in the first 100 days of his administration. Once again, Joe Biden says we should do things that President Trump had already been doing. As of right now, the Trump administration has the country on par to reach 100 million vaccinations by Biden’s first 100 days. So the cognitively-declining president is trying to take credit for something someone else [Trump] already did. Didn’t he do that with a speech once or twice?
CNN reporter MJ Lee put out a story, a work of fiction in this case, that was touted as a “great SCOOP” on “how bad this situation is with vaccine distribution.” Lee quoted anonymous sources claiming to have knowledge of the administration’s work with COVID saying that they were left with “nothing for us to rework” and that there was no plan whatsoever, “just further affirmation of complete incompetence.” It takes a special kind of scumbag to print something like this knowing it’s a complete lie.
Sam Stein, an editor for Politico said that the allegations in CNN’s story are “not true,” pointing out that a distribution plan was part of the Trump administration’s Operation Warp Speed.
“Biden folks are spinning here or trying to lower the bar strategically,” he tweeted. “There was, indeed, a plan from Trump. I listened in on govs calls on vaccine distribution. The plan had obvious shortcomings. but to say there’s nothing to rework is not true.”
Biden folks are spinning here or trying to lower the bar strategically. There was, indeed, a plan from Trump. I listened in on govs calls on vaccine distribution. The plan had obvious shortcomings. but to say there’s nothing to rework is not true. https://t.co/RADv5dl8mf
— Sam Stein (@samstein) January 21, 2021
Even the Washington Post’s Dan Diamond said the CNN story is an apparent “gambit to lower expectations,” pointing out that the Trump administration set up a system that has already distributed 36 million doses of vaccines to the states.
Imagine what kind of people would lie the way CNN did. Joe Biden pulled the 100 million people vaccinated by the first 100 days of his administration out of his rear end. After he got into office, his people more-than-likely told him they would not be able to keep that promise. So either the White House contacted CNN or the other way around, and they put out a story of lies, using “anonymous” sources to push the lies, so that they can say “we wanted to do 100 million vaccinations but the Trump administration left us with nothing so it will take us a longer time to reach that goal.” And the entire story is a lie.
Biden’s self-created goal of 100 million people vaccinated in his first 100 days, according to simple math, comes to about 1 million people a day. Bloomberg Business data revealed that the rate to make that mark has already been reached as Trump left office.
“Either the situation on the ground is better than team Biden acknowledges, or Biden’s target is less ambitious than it seems,” Diamond wrote.
Other critics pointed out that CNN was trying to frame the narrative to be favorable for the new administration. That’s not journalism, and that’s probably why so many other outlets are letting CNN have it. They know that CNN is no longer a news network and it embarrasses them that they are in the same industry.
“This is a very weird story to base entirely on anonymous sources,” conservative write Andrew Egger of the Dispatch wrote. “Of course Team Biden is going to favor a narrative that Team Trump did none of the vaccine distribution legwork.”
Becket Adams of the Washington Examiner also took to social media to tweet his response and it wasn’t pretty.
“this is a lie.
CNN is allowing itself to be used as a PR shop to spin events in Biden’s favor. if the admin meets its goal of 100M vaccines in 100 days, which we are on course to do anyway, they take credit. if they don’t meet that goal, they can claim they never had a chance.”
this is a lie.
CNN is allowing itself to be used as a PR shop to spin events in Biden's favor. if the admin meets its goal of 100M vaccines in 100 days, which we are on course to do anyway, they take credit. if they don't meet that goal, they can claim they never had a chance. https://t.co/5NvkR6O80x
— tsar becket adams (@BecketAdams) January 21, 2021
Ari Fleisher, a Fox News contributor tweeted out a question about CNN running the story.
“Why is CNN granting anonymity to whoever gave them these quotes?” Fox News contributor Ari Fleischer asked. “The Trump Admin is gone. No one will lose their job. The info is not classified. If the media wants more credibility, make these sources go on the record.”
Why is CNN granting anonymity to whoever gave them these quotes? The Trump Admin is gone. No one will lose their job. The info is not classified. If the media wants more credibility, make these sources go on the record. pic.twitter.com/SCX7toXRJo
— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) January 21, 2021
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For four years CNN daily reported lies about Donald Trump and the Trump administration. They made things up out of whole cloth and many times used the anonymous sources tactic. If they want to publish a story that trashed Trump, but they couldn’t corroborate any of it, they just went ahead and reported it anyway citing anonymous sources. This time they didn’t get away with it, because they went too far and reported a lie that was too easily debunked. Hopefully, the other networks start to keep an eye on CNN the way CNN attacks Fox News, Newsmax, and One America News Network.
Rich is a conservative syndicated opinion writer and runs Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty, and faith.
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