News media once again play Useful Idiots
When the Washington Post sought the person responsible for recent extreme-right actions like the appearance of heavily armed citizens at Gettysburg on Independence Day — guess what it found?
A Bernie Sanders supporter and Antifa member.
“The mainstream media took his fake postings hook, line, and sinker,” law expert Jonathan Turley reports..
Chuck Todd’s NBC disinformation campaign
Mr. Turley recently discussed the false tweet sent out by CNN’s White House reporter Jim Acosta that mocked White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany for saying that “the science should not stand in the way of this.” Turley observes that quote “was artificially clipped to create the diametrically opposite appearance from what actually occurred.”
In Thursday’s briefing, McEnany repeated President Trump’s call for children to go back to school in the fall.
“The science should not stand in the way of this, but as Dr. Scott Atlas said — I thought this was a good quote, ‘Of course, we can do it. Everyone else in the Western world, our peer nations are doing it. We are the outlier here.’ The science is very clear on this. For example, you look at the JAMA pediatric study of 46 pediatric hospitals in North America that said the risk of critical illness from COVID is far less for children than the seasonal flu. The science is on our side here. We encourage localities and states to just simply follow the science. Open our schools.”
Turley’s Bottom Line: If an ill-considered tweet is a venial sin for Acosta at CNN, this is a mortal sin for Todd at NBC. This was no careless tweet, but an airing made long after the false account was flagged during the CNN controversy.
It is another example of how the echo-journalistic model not only undermines the faith in the media but actually undermines the effort to fully inform the public on the pandemic.