If there is one thing about the mainstream media that has been reaffirmed this week, it’s that the reporters in the White House press corps have no shame whatsoever in passing along fake news as though it’s real – just as long as it makes a Republican look bad.
PBS News White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor proved the point earlier this week by way of sharing a doctored quote from President Trump from his Wednesday press briefing, as my colleague Bonchie previously reported.
For those who missed it, here’s what Alcindor did:
His actual quote: “I like to cut it a little bit lower. You know why? That way I can never get myself in too much trouble with the fake news."@brianstelter, this is why folks distrust the media, because many of you are shameless liars like @Yamiche. https://t.co/bxrHmSz1kq
— Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) August 13, 2020
To put an even larger exclamation point on the matter, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany also took Alcindor to task for her deliberate attempt at misinforming the public, providing a side by side comparison of Alcindor’s tweet and the actual quote from the briefing. McEnany called what she did “unconscionably dishonest”, which was actually rather charitable considering how badly Alcindor mangled the quote:
Yesterday, President @realDonaldTrump said he wanted to protect suburbs for ALL Americans of ALL backgrounds, but the unconscionably dishonest tweet below omitted the vast majority of his actual quote to make it seem like he was saying the opposite.
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) August 13, 2020
During an interview on Thursday night, McEnany was asked by Fox News host Sean Hannity to explain how “gotcha” journalists in the WH Press Corps operated. Not only did McEnany give good insight on how certain reporters were “out to elevate their stardom” but she also pointed out that there were notable differences between how reporters who really wanted information conducted themselves versus those who wanted their moment in the national spotlight. Very illuminating:
“People are out to elevate their stardom as a reporter, to have their moment, to get that viral moment, to have their name trend on Twitter. But look, that’s not what this is about. … It’s not about trending names on Twitter, but unfortunately for a lot of reporters, it is.”
“It’s easily identifiable by the American people. There are some reporters who come in and they truly want that information, they’ll come to my office, and they’ll say, ‘Look, this is what I want to know from the president.’ And I’ll go to him, I’ll get the information, I’ll convey it to them in a briefing. There are others who aren’t interested in that, who it’s about the viral moment, and I think the American people who watch can very much discern those interested in getting information to the people and those interested in serving themselves.”
I’m on standby, waiting for the reporters she has to deal with everyday to gnash teeth and question the audacity of McEnany to explain what journalists do when she doesn’t have a journalism degree or whatever.
I don’t have one either, but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand the things you see with your own eyes and hear with your own ears.
When you’ve got “reporters” like Politico’s Ryan Lizza asking McEnany if Trump thought “it was a good thing that the South lost the Civil War”, and other reporters asking Trump absurd questions like “how many [Wuhan virus] deaths are acceptable?”, it’s pretty obvious what their game is, and it has nothing to do with informing the American people and everything to do with elevating their profile as a Resistance journalist.
It’s sad, but that’s where we are here. McEnany’s uncomfortable truths from her interview last night are going to trigger a lot of reporters, but as Ben Shapiro once famously tweeted, facts don’t care about your feelings.