We were largely on board with Sarah Sanders and her decision to no longer hold daily White House press briefings. These briefings do grow tiresome after a while, as adamant as the press corps is in trying to “get” President Trump or his press secretaries. It’s a foolish game where CNN, MSNBC, and the like simultaneously benefit from the ratings spectacle while also running think-pieces about how they should no longer carry the briefings live. In this way, they can hold the moral high card while also making money from their manufactured war against Trump.
But we have to admit, we’ve enjoyed seeing these briefings return under the heroic eye of new press secretary Kayleigh McEnany. If Sanders and Sean Spicer were able to hold their own against a hostile media, McEnany is The Chosen One. These briefings are worth tuning into just to see her dispose of these activists-disguised-as-journalists like Neo fighting Agent Smith in the closing moments of The Matrix. It’s hard to “make fools” out of reporters who do it to themselves on a regular basis, but damn…she manages.
On the other hand, CNN’s Jim Acosta is no Agent Smith.
The clown prince of modern political reporting stood up at Wednesday’s press briefing to harangue McEnany about President Trump’s Tulsa rally, asking if the rally would be abiding by CDC guidelines to keep attendees safe from the coronavirus. McEnany patiently explained the precautions that would be taken by organizers, which include giving all participants masks and hand sanitizer, as well as checking temperatures at the door.
Acosta, who isn’t satisfied until he’s been thoroughly embarrassed, pressed on: “You’re not going to be able to practice social distancing in a rally with thousands of people. So aren’t you in essence bringing people to a rally where they won’t be abiding by those guidelines?”
Well, if it was embarrassment he wanted, he got it.
“It is the personal choice of individuals as to what to do, but if we want to talk about internal coherence, I believe that the media needs to work on internal coherence,” McEnany said.
She produced a copy of The New York Post with the headline, “Sick Hypocrisy.” Featured on the cover were two pictures – a Black Lives Matter protest and a Trump rally. McEnany noted that the media has decided that one of these pictures is just fine while the other is “not okay.”
“I think that the American people have taken notice when, for instance, NBC tweets at 4:05 PM on June 14, ‘Rally for black trans lives draws packed crowds Brooklyn Museum plaza,’ seeming to be lauding the protest, and less than an hour and a half later they say ‘President Trump plans to rally but public health experts are questioning that decision.’ CBS had a similar, logically inconsistent tweet,” she noted.
“The lockdown protesters were widely condemned by the media,” she continued. “They were protesting the lockdown. All of the sudden this protest for Black Lives Matter was lauded. It makes no sense. Ideology is driving the line of questioning in many of these cases, when it should be, if you are focused on science, you should be out there asking these same questions about the protests.”
And risk raising the ire of the unquestionable Woke Left? Never!
Acosta lost this round, extending his losing record to an unfathomable figure, but really, this is a loss for the entire mainstream media. They have thoroughly beclowned themselves with this COVID hypocrisy, and it doesn’t even seem like they realize it. That may be the most embarrassing part.