Facts first. That’s CNN’s motto. Well, here’s a fact the network won’t be reporting too soon. One of its reporters, Kaitlan Collins, read White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany the riot act at yesterday’s press briefing, asking sarcastically, “So have any medical experts told the president that masks aren’t good or is he only citing non-medical experts like [sic] he did last night?”
The press has been on this tear ever since the CDC urged Americans to wear face masks after giving precisely the opposite advice a month earlier.
The only problem with Collins’s rebuke is that she doesn’t practice what she preaches. Yes, she was wearing a mask as she asked the question, but as soon as the briefing ended she removed the mask even though she was still within six feet of the nearest press corps members, whom she would also doubtless encounter up close and personal as they filed out of the James S. Brady Press Briefing Room. Watch:
This is not Collins’s first time chiding the president for electing not to wear a mask. In May, at a press conference that was also attended by Drs. Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx, both of whom were wearing face masks, Collins who demanded to know “Why are some of you wearing a mask and why are some of you not wearing a mask?”
Trump’s answer, which you can hear for yourself in the video that follows, is that it is optional at media briefings. “We’ve all been tested, and we’re quite a distance away and we’re outdoors,” he explains.
Apparently that explanation wasn’t good enough to satisfy CNN, which will no doubt ask the same question again.
(h/t NOQ Report)