Over the last few years of the Trump Administration, the consumer of any and all things “news” has been subjected to many stories that included quotes from “unnamed”, “official” and/or “anonymous” sources. There was a time where quotes of sources who didn’t wish to go on the record were omitted for obvious reasons. And as we’ve also seen over the years, there are so-called professional journalists who simply make things up, so it could be rightfully assumed these people would and could make up a quote from someone who doesn’t exist just to add a little meat to their story.
We’re not sure if this is the case here, but if the person stating someone said something “racist” and is in the White House, one would think that person would give the name to a senior White House official, if not the public.
One would think….
Of course when called on it, the response was like that of petulant child busted in a lie, obfuscating instead of coming clean.
White House senior advisor Kellyanne Conway repeatedly responded to PBS NewsHour correspondent Yamiche Alcindor, who appeared to have been trying to provide cover for racism-accuser CBS News’ Weijia Jiang, and could not get a simple answer as to who in the White House said “kung flu”. During a #Coronavirus update yesterday, Alcindor actually took valuable time to ask President Trump about the White House staffer who supposedly said it.
With all of the sickness and death COVID-19 is spreading around the United States and the world, having journalists, pundits, and shut-in liberals getting all bent because of what the virus is being called is sophomoric at best. Calling anyone who uses the label “Wuhan virus” or “Chinese flu” as racist is part of that social justice tactic of renaming things that trigger the emotionally fragile. But seeing how the #Coronavirus was developed and initially unleashed in the Wuhan Province in China, it’s only reasonable to call it where it came from, just like many viruses before this.
As said many times before, it’s a great disservice that seasoned journalists with decades of experience are not occupying the privileged positions as White House correspondents; those who’ve proven themselves to be the documented crème de la crème instead of the young and cheap (Jiang is 36) we’re being subjected to.
Mr. President, thank you. I want to first follow-up on Jeff’s question because the person you were standing next to, whether you know who he is or not, tested positive for coronavirus. Dr. Fauci said this morning, if you stand next to somebody who tested positive, you should self-isolate and get a test. Doctors have said you might have it, even if you don’t have symptoms? Are you being selfish by not getting tested and potentially…?
— Weijia Jiang question to President Trump, 3/13/20
During a June 22, 2017 House Minority Leader Weekly Briefing, we got an explanation on what was to come as explained by an industry pro.
If Jiang can’t give the name, she should be removed immediately from the White House press pool. If, after all this time, that staffer is named and denies making the “slur”, he or she should be required to submit to a polygraph test. If the result comes back that the “slur” was never made, CBS News and Jiang should be sued.
BTW — Hate hoaxes are at pandemic levels within her age group.
Maybe this foolishness will stop, at least for a little while.