Proving that some things will never change, CNN went to the mat for the Biden administration Thursday with a sensationalized and heavily-promoted report that alleged the Trump administration left Joe Biden no vaccine rollout plan with which to build off of.
CNN’s M.J. Lee cited sources – all of them unnamed – in Biden’s administration who claimed the Biden team would have to start “from square one” due to the supposed “complete incompetence” of Trump’s coronavirus team:
[Sources] told CNN one of the biggest shocks that the Biden team had to digest during the transition period was what they saw as a complete lack of a vaccine distribution strategy under former President Donald Trump, even weeks after multiple vaccines were approved for use in the United States.
“There is nothing for us to rework. We are going to have to build everything from scratch,” one source said.
Another source described the moment that it became clear the Biden administration would have to essentially start from “square one” because there simply was no plan as: “Wow, just further affirmation of complete incompetence.”
While Dr. Anthony Fauci, who is now Biden’s chief medical adviser, told a chomping-at-the-bit White House press corps later in the day that the Biden administration would not be starting off from scratch, a surprising source at CNN helped completely undercut his network’s “blockbuster” reporting just a few hours later on the allegation that Trump left Biden with no vaccine rollout plan.
Fauci, whose status as a media darling looks to be in jeopardy, appeared on Chris Cuomo’s “Prime Time” program last night to discuss the report as well as the Biden administration’s overall plan for vaccine distribution. But it was Cuomo himself who first blurted out loud that he didn’t believe the report that originated from his own network (bolded emphasis added):
CUOMO: Another thing that I don’t buy comes out of our reporting. I have two new pieces of reporting. The first one is that people within the administration say they’re starting from scratch with the vaccine. No they’re not. You have an infrastructure out there that you are well aware of. It has to be improved. But —
DR. ANTHONY FAUCI: Right.
CUOMO: —they shouldn’t get any benefit of a low bar here either. You know, there’s a lot going on already. Are they going to scrap it or are they going to build on it and make it better?
FAUCI: No. No, they’re not going to scrap it, Chris. I mean, I was involved in the development of that stuff. They’re not going to scrap that. There are a lot of good things that happened with the development of the vaccine program. I mean, Operation Warp speed had a lot of successes. There were some missteps. But a lot of successes there.
No, we’re going to be building on things. We’re not going to be destroying and putting aside, saying it’s useless. We’re going to take the good parts and amplify them, make them better, and we’re going to go for the goal. And that is to get as many people vaccinated as you possibly can as expeditiously as you can. That is the goal. We’re not going to trash anything.
Watch Cuomo admit that he doesn’t believe his colleague M.J. Lee’s reporting on the Biden administration being left flat-footed on the vaccine rollout below:
Chris Cuomo rips CNN's own reporting on Joe Biden’s WH 'starting from scratch' on vaccine rollout: 'No, they're not!' pic.twitter.com/DsGEgdMUmq
— TV News HQ (@TVNewsHQ) January 22, 2021
Talk about awkward!
This isn’t the first time Cuomo has been caught undermining his employer’s narratives. Back in November, Cuomo said the quiet part out loud during a live broadcast segment with his fellow anchor Anderson Cooper about how CNN picked sides in politics.
“You know for people like us, we do the job based on who’s in power but this is going to be very interesting,” Cuomo admitted as Cooper looked on unamused.
Does all of this mean there’s hope for Chris Cuomo possibly conducting future reporting on the straight and narrow? Absolutely not. Cuomo’s comments are just further proof of the old saying about how even a broken clock is right twice a day…
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