On Thursday, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, responded to a snarky question by CNN propagandist Jim Acosta, who claimed that if any president needs to be fact-checked, it should be Trump, because of his alleged misstatements and “lies.”
“[I]f there’s any President out there — a political leader out there that should be fact-checked, isn’t it President Trump? And aren’t you trying to silence fact-checking by going after Twitter like this,” he whined.
Newsbusters‘ Curtis Houck correctly noted: “By the way, note how Acosta said nothing about fact-checking being applied on social media to false statements from liberals or hostile regimes like China or Iran. Interesting.”
That prompted McEnany to open her notebook and cram numerous fake stories and claims by various propaganda outlets — including CNN — back down Acosta’s throat.
Here’s a partial transcript as posted by Houck:
ACOSTA: But the President lies.
MCENANY: — there’s no one that should be fact-checked more than the mainstream media that has been continually wrong about a number of things. To give you a list of some of the most egregious ones, that ABC News in December 2017 falsely reported that Flynn had testified as the President directed him during the campaign to make contact with the Russians, that was false. In 2017, your network CNN botched their WikiLeaks email exclusive and were forced to make on-air corrections. CNN’s Jim Sciutto, another CNN one, dropped a fictional bombshell in 2018 — July claiming that Michael Cohen would tell federal investigators that the President knew of the Trump Tower meeting and there were many more, not to just put the onus on CNN there.
ACOSTA: But, Kayleigh —
MCENANY: So, if anyone needs to be fact-checked —
ACOSTA: — but Kayleigh —
MCENANY: — I think it should be the media.
ACOSTA: There are news outlets that make mistakes from time to time. We own up to those mistakes. We correct those mistakes.
MCENANY: Not always. I have many that you guys haven’t owned up to I could get to.
She’s absolutely correct. On top of that, various propaganda outlets, cleverly disguised as “news” networks, routinely mislead or in some cases, outright lie about what is going on in what is an obvious effort to hurt Trump and promote Democrats. That can be seen every single day at Newsbusters, a site that has highlighted mainstream bias for years.
It’s good to see a White House that isn’t afraid to stand up to these hacks.
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