CNN mocks Fox News for pathetic failing to attack Biden and defend Trump — they created 'Fauci derangement syndrome'
There are two possible reasons that Fox News has been waging a war against Dr. Anthony Fauci, according to CNN reporters Jim Acosta and Brian Stelter.
First, Stelter thinks that Fox News has failed so many times to bring down President Joe Biden that they have to look for other people linked to Biden. But Acosta wondered if it's an attempt to reframe former President Donald Trump's irresponsible behavior during the coronavirus pandemic that ultimately killed 400,000 during his time in office.
Stelter explained that QAnon and Fox have taken "routine emails [and] portrayed [them] as scandalous. Where have we seen this trick before? Oh, yes," he said, referencing former Secretary Hillary Clinton.
Even Axios is calling Fauci Trump's new Hillary Clinton, he said. "A Freedom of Information Act request revealed Fauci's emails from March and April of 2020. One email out of thousands showed that an executive with ties to China's Wuhan Institute of Technology thanked Fauci."
"It's as if President Biden is a weak target the anti-democrat media," said Selter. "So, they are assailing Fauci instead."
In that case, the scientist thanked Fauci for saying that the virus was likely caused by evolving through the animal kingdom. The first (severe acute respiratory syndrome) SARS virus that surfaced in 2003 was linked to bats in 2005. But a July 2020 paper said that there was likely a conduit between bats and humans. Reports from the Wall Street Journal saying that it's "possible" that the virus was started in a lab and then leaked to the population do not have any proof that it actually was created in a lab and leaked to the public. In fact, their only proof is that three people who worked in a lab got sick in Nov. 2019.
Given that molecular dating tools and epidemiological simulations show that the virus existed before then, it's not surprising that anyone in Wuhan was falling ill at the time and that it spread among those who were in close contact.
"To answer this question, we combined three important pieces of information: a detailed understanding of how SARS-CoV-2 spread in Wuhan before the lockdown, the genetic diversity of the virus in China, and reports of the earliest cases of COVID-19 in China," said the paper from UC San Diego School of Medicine. "By combining these disparate lines of evidence, we were able to put an upper limit of mid-October 2019 for when SARS-CoV-2 started circulating in Hubei province."
"The origin is still being probed by Biden's administration and Fauci is saying bad-faith actors are taking his words way out of context," reported Stelter.
"You can misconstrue it hover you want," said Fauci. "That email was from a person to me saying thank you for whatever it's thought I said. And I said that I think the most likely origin is a jumping of species. I still do think it is at the same time as I'm keeping an open mind that it might be a lab leak."
"I don't recall Fauci telling people to inject themselves with disinfectant products," Acosta said, recalling Trump's recommendation for Dr. Deborah Birx to "look into" whether disinfectant can be injected into the body as a COVID-19 cure. "You and I both know from covering this, Donald Trump was there. He was on his watch when most of those 600,000 deaths occurred. He was downplaying the virus, saying it was going to go away. To put him up against Dr. Fauci, there is no competition when it comes to the performance between these two during that period. you are right, I think this is to divert attention away from Donald Trump just like so many other things."
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Kayleigh McEnany keeps having to emphatically deny that she lied while serving as President Donald Trump's final press secretary. It appears to be a question that keeps coming up for her, which could be because her claim isn't one that is believable or there are so many examples of egregious statements she made over her tenure in the press room.
Among many of the critics of McEnany was PolitiFact, which has a scorecard for the former White House staffer showing most of their checks showed her lying most of the time. In fact, 56 percent of her statements were mostly false, false, or "pants on fire" false. Just 14 percent were "half true," and 28 percent "mostly true." She got 0 percent of her comments reviewed that were "true."
Here is a list of some of McEnany's lies to remind her:
1. When she defended Trump's claim almost saying COVID-19 affects "virtually nobody."
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2. Trump's remarks about injecting disinfectants were "taken out of context" she claimed. That's a lie.
Here's what Trump said: "I see the disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute — one minute — and is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside, or almost a cleaning? Because you see it gets in the lungs, and it does a tremendous number on the lungs. So it'd be interesting to check that. So you're going to have to use medical doctors with — but it sounds interesting to me."
Here's what McEnany said: "President Trump has repeatedly said that Americans should consult with medical doctors regarding coronavirus treatment, a point that he emphasized again during yesterdays' briefing. Leave it to the media to irresponsibly take President Trump out of context and run with negative headlines."
3. McEnany claimed that Trump never "never downplayed the virus, once again. The president expressed calm. The president was serious about this."
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The recordings with Bob Woodward confirmed that Trump was well aware that the virus is "more deadly" than most people understand and admitted that he intentionally downplayed it to ensure there wasn't panic.
4. After the Mueller report was published McEnany said that it revealed "the complete and total exoneration of President Trump."
This happened in her first-ever press conference for the White House moments after she promised the press, "I'll never lie to you."
Mueller's report says, word-for-word in the conclusion that "while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him."
The report also included 10 examples of Trump's efforts to obstruct justice, which Mueller testified before Congress could be charged after he leaves office.
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5. Kayleigh McEnany claimed that Trump stands with those with pre-existing conditions.
This came as Trump's administration worked with the Republican-led House and Senate to bring down the Affordable Care Act. It was voted down by the late Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). Trump's Justice Department also made an effort to bring it down saying to the U.S. Supreme Court that the Affordable Care Act "must fall."
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Even Vanity Fair pointed out the hypocrisy of McEnany after she left the White House. And those don't even count the post-election lies and the attacks on former President Obama's transition, which she insulted after Trump claimed the Obamas were "magnificent."
McEnany isn't the only one who has attempted to rebuild her reputation after the Trump administration. Some pundits believe Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is gearing up for his own major political run for president or vice president. He too has been telling some whoppers trying to rebuild his reputation. Conservative columnist Max Boot even mocked that there isn't enough room in the newspaper to chronicle all of Pompeo's lies.
QAnon plotters behind Arizona audit say it’s ‘first domino to fall’ in overturning Biden’s win: report
In interviews with AzCentral, QAnon followers were ecstatic about the Arizona election audit that continues to go forward, hoping it will be the first step in proving the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Donald Trump and giving legitimacy to their claims.
The report notes that the audit has its roots in QAnon, the far-right conspiracy cult that claims the "deep state" is the one pulling the strings in America as part of a worldwide conspiracy.
"Q's influence is not obvious, perhaps as cryptic as Q's postings that claimed the looming takedown of a global cabal, words that spawned the wide-ranging QAnon conspiracy theory, the report states before adding, "Q has been in the background in the aftermath of Election Day, when devotees joined the crowd who rallied outside Maricopa County's election headquarters, aiming to stop the stealing of the election they were certain was happening inside."
The report notes that pressure from QAnon adherents was a major factor that led the state's GOP leadership to get behind the audit being conducted under the watchful eyes of Doug Logan, CEO of Cyber Ninjas.
As one leader of the movement wrote back on June 2, "The audit is The Great Awakening in how we've been manipulated by those that want to control us."
According to one follower, the fact that the audit is actually happening is great news after a year of QAnon predictions -- such as Joe Biden being deprived of the presidency -- have fallen flat.
"The plan is 117 percent still on track and there's no reason to be worried," one adherent exulted with the report noting, "The audit, they say, will prove widespread election fraud here that will lead other states to examine their results, a theory they summarize by saying that Arizona will be "the first domino to fall."
The mention of "dominoes" echoes comments made by Trump confidante and My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell who proclaimed in March, "We need one state. They're all going to fall like dominoes."
According to another follower, Larry Grafanakis, 69, who shows up daily to wave signs outside the facility where the ballots are being recounted, the audit is proof to people they are not going away.
"What really matters is that they see that we're still out here and 'Oh my god, they're just not going away.' And that's what we want," he explained.
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