Stories about journalists being caught without wearing CDC-recommended masks wouldn’t be much of a thing if it weren’t for the fact that so many of them were mask snitches, using their Twitter feeds to give us hourly updates on who in the Trump administration was seen not wearing a mask.
ABC News reporter Jon Karl has long fancied himself as the mask-police, though he hasn’t put it in those exact words. His reports and tweets are frequently peppered with “XYZ official appeared in public without a mask on as coronavirus case numbers rise”-type comments. The underlying message from him and other media figures who make it a point to note who is and isn’t wearing masks is that these maskless villains are putting lives at risk and don’t care about the health and well-being of those around them and – via – extension the American people.
Unfortunately for Karl, he keeps getting caught not practicing what he preaches. There was the one high-profile incident back in May where he tried to mask-shame Fox News reporter John Roberts, only to get hoisted by his own petard when photos surfaced almost immediately after his tweet went up of Karl standing outside of a DC taco joint without a mask on:
ABC News Reporter Jon Karl complains that Trump was giving a press conference without a mask.
Unfortunately for Karl, there are photographs of him 5 days ago wandering around outside without a mask in DC.
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) May 11, 2020
There are other photos, too, of Karl not wearing masks where the CDC guidelines would dictate he do. There was the RNC in August:
ABC's Jon Karl caught without a mask at the Republican National Convention on August 27, 2020 (via Mike Cernovich). pic.twitter.com/J0Cyfyo8ti
— August Takala (@AugustTakala) August 28, 2020
And there was this White House press briefing from a few weeks ago:
What’s your point? Here’s Jon Karl not wearing a mask in White House press room a few weeks ago. pic.twitter.com/eua5xBWoYs
— Cox (@HOLYSMKES) October 5, 2020
Apparently, Karl being seen without wearing a mask either during or after press briefings is actually more of a thing than many of us realized, because that’s exactly what he was caught doing earlier today right after the brief press conference President Trump held at the White House concluded. I guess he thought the cameras were turned off. But they weren’t:
Masks for thee but not for me pic.twitter.com/VKuieCrpVh
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) November 24, 2020
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) November 24, 2020
Remember this? I member this. https://t.co/NqqZsV5n9v
— Laid-off Rando (@Rando_reborn) November 24, 2020
It's all for show. pic.twitter.com/yDk3zJ2iLF
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) November 24, 2020
Karl, who has worked in war zones, said the contagious nature of the pandemic makes it different from shooting wars. “This is not like embedding with the Marines in Fallujah,” he said. “It is like you are taking your family with you to Fallujah.”
Memo to Jon, Kaitlan Collins, and all the other mask Karens in the media: If y’all don’t want to be called out for doing stuff like this, maybe cut it out with the virtue signaling and stop trying to play hall monitor with Republicans, m’kay? Just a thought.