A CNN guest and GQ correspondent made outrageous claims about President Donald J. Trump before realizing how embarrassingly hyperbolic they were and apologizing for them.
“This president has radicalized so many more people than ISIS ever did,” said Julia Ioffe on The Lead with Jake Tapper. “The way he allows these people – the way he winks and nods to these groups, the way he says ‘I know I’m not supposed to say it but I’m a nationalist,’ the way he hems and haws when he has to condemn these people, kind of says ‘fine, okay, I condemn this,’ but then…”
Ioffe was cut off by another panel member who scolded Tapper for not pushing back on the claim. The segment devolved from there, and eventually Ioffe apologized. She begrudgingly apologized later on Twitter, making excuses for her ridiculous hyperbole.
“I clarified and apologized on air, but I’ll say it again here. This has been a very emotional and painful time, but I absolutely should not have gone with such hyperbole on the air. I apologize,” she said.
— Julia Ioffe (@juliaioffe) October 29, 2018
ISIS literally beheads people. To compare Trump to ISIS in any capacity is vulgar. But this is CNN, after all.
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) October 29, 2018
FAKE NEWS: Media Publishes Disgustingly Mischaracterized Articles on the Death of Kristi Noem’s Grandmother to Attack Her COVID-19 Approach
The fake news media will stoop to any low to attack conservatives.
On Tuesday the Daily Beast published a horrifically misleading story about the death of South Dakota governor Kristi Noem’s grandmother, which was later picked up by sites like Business Insider and MSN.
Daily Beast “Special Correspondent” Michael Daly wrote in a piece titled “Anti-Mask Guv’s Grandmother Died in Nursing Home Ravaged by COVID” that despite the death of Governor Noem’s grandmother, 98-year-old Aldys Arnold, Noem “continues to downplay the virus, refuse a mask mandate, and ignore the terrible price her state is paying.”
Keep in mind that the primary objective here is not to report Arnold’s death, but to lambast Noem’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and in a sense blame her for her death.
That is despicable enough in itself, but what makes it worse is that Noem’s grandmother likely didn’t even die from COVID. Daly tells us in the second paragraph of his story that, according to Noem’s office, Arnold tested negative for the virus and that no cause of death was given.
12 out of the 13 deaths at that nursing home between November 14 and November 28 were “COVID-related”—the one exception being Aldys Arnold.
To add fuel to the fire, Business Insider writer Kelly McLaughlin ran her story with the exact same characterization as The Daily Beast’s, with a duplicate version of her article also appearing in MSN.
This is the same fake news media that reluctantly covered—or outright ignored—reports of Democratic governors stuffing COVID patients into nursing homes back in the spring. When we say that the fake news media is the enemy of the people, we wholeheartedly mean it.
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