White House Press Briefing
Friday brought us another White House press briefing featuring Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany batting behind President Trump and Dr. Deborah Birx and, predictably, McEnany continued to impress (except the ardent anti-Trump liberal media). On new CDC guidelines allowing houses of worship to safely reopen and then the Michael Flynn case, McEnany rattled their cages. In the case of the former, she raised eyebrows when she informed the journalists assembled that they’re hoping “desperately” that “these churches and houses of worship stay closed.”
After the recent liberal media meltdown over hydroxychloroquine, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany tore apart their hysteria in Wednesday’s briefing. In particular, she took aim at CNN host Chris “Fredo” Cuomo for taking the more-dangerous quinine during his coronavirus bout. And seeing as how deranged corners of the liberal media have been seemingly rooting for the drug to fail, it was time someone --- anyone --- called out their nonsense.
Unfortunately for the liberal media, it’s become a routine for White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany to shred them for their years of biased reporting and daily shenanigans. On Friday, CBS News Radio’s Steven Portnoy found himself on the receiving end after he wondered what crimes the President thought were committed in “Obamagate.” Like she’s done repeatedly in her short tenure, McEnany came prepared with a tome of evidence.
The White House press corps must have consumed plenty of Wheaties ahead of Monday’s presidential press conference as, by and large, reporters came at President Trump with an emphasis on fear to keep Americans in their homes and impugn the motives of Trump on both death tolls and testing. And when CBS’s Weijia Jiang made her latest scene a la Jim Acosta and sought to have Trump ensnared in a racism trap, Trump ended the briefing early, cutting of CNN’s Kaitlan Collins.
Along with reporters donning masks (which led to muffled questions), Friday’s abbreviated White House Press Briefing was tough sledding for the liberal media. Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany began her third briefing highlighting the Justice Department dropping the Michael Flynn case and citing NewsBusters before ending later with a zing to a perturbed Paula Reid from CBS.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany ended Wednesday's press briefing with a bruising takedown of the liberal media after Reuters White House correspondent Jeff Mason wondered if she’d retract comments about the coronavirus from a February 25 Fox Business appearance. Instead of offer a mea culpa that wouldn’t assuage the liberal media’s disdain for her or anyone else in the administration, McEnany lowered the boom with a series of news headlines from earlier in the year before the pandemic truly went global and became a grim situation.
News reports percolated last week that formal White House Coronavirus Task Force briefings could go away or see a dramatic overhaul. Instead of showing seriousness and sobriety during this pandemic, camera-hawking, far-left egotists picked fights with President Donald Trump only to cry foul afterward to sympathetic colleagues. MRC analysts combed through our archives of the briefings to resurrect the most amusing and stinging responses Trump lobbed at the suddenly mealy-mouthed media elites. The video below represents a healthy sampling
After some uncertainty about the future of White House Coronavirus Task Force briefings, Monday’s episode went off without a hitch in the Rose Garden and the questions were relatively fair and uncontroversial. That was until New York magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi was granted the final question and, despite the adorations from fellow liberal journalists afterward, she stood on the graves of Americans lost in the Vietnam War when she asked President Trump whether he “deserve[s]” a second term since more Americans have died from coronavirus than the war.
A Facebook fact-checking partner determined that President Donald Trump did not tell people to inject themselves with disinfectants to cure the coronavirus. Lead Stories, a fact-checking outlet run by former CNN employees, took a video from popular Facebook page March for Science and found it to be a “false accusation.”
Friday afternoon, CNN melted down into a panel of juvenile performance artists, spending over 15 minutes screeching President Trump’s remarks Thursday and a Friday follow-up about disinfectants and sunlight as a “dangerous,” “double speak,” “idiotic,” “ludicrous,” “Soviet fashion,” and “a waste of time” (even though CNN was harping on it hourly).
Ahead of Thursday’s NFL Draft, there was a rhetorical pummeling at the White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing as the horribly biased Washington Post White House bureau chief Philip Rucker found himself flattened by President Trump as “total faker” after he insisted that it was “dangerous for you to” encourage people to go outside as the temperatures warm up despite the presence coronavirus. And less than ten minutes later, “fake news” CNN was panned as the creators of a “fake report” about North Korea dictator Kim Jong-un being in “grave danger.”
Wednesday’s White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing saw fireworks after Tuesday’s episode was a welcome change with a calm, civil, and sober tone among the cast of reporters. But on Wednesday, CDC Director Robert Redfield was in the spotlight to clarify comments that sent the wildly (and eagerly) apocalyptic media into a tizzy. Of course, Redfield’s appearance didn’t satisfy reporters.