The mainstream media is so desperate to slam Republicans who refuse to participate in their fearmongering coronavirus narrative that outlets are now making up positive test results.
The Washington Examiner reports that several mainstream media outlets published reports claiming that Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) had tested positive for the coronavirus when in actuality he tested positive for having coronavirus antibodies.
“I actually tested positive for . . .”
What appears to have caused the situation was an interview that Nunes recently did on KMJ radio, in which he said, “I actually tested positive for the COVID antibodies.”
He continued: “When that happened, the doctor said, ‘hey, you need to give blood plasma right away.’ They’re short. They’re out of blood plasma for COVID patients. This is really important because when somebody gets super sick and they go into the hospital, the plasma can be really effective to help save someone’s life.”
As you can see, Nunes never said that he tested positive for COVID-19. But, the mainstream media claimed otherwise.
This is unbelievable!
According to the Examiner, Politico was the outlet that got the ball rolling when one of its reporters, Carla Marinucci, tweeted, “New! Ca Rep @devvinnunes tells @KMFJOW he tested positive for COVID-19.”
Other outlets followed, including Axios, Business Insider, and the Daily Beast. They all proceeded to publish tweets and articles attempting to slam Nunes.
“Rep. Devin Nunes said Friday that he had tested positive for COVID-19,” a tweet from the Daily Beast read. “This is the same guy who said in April that ‘all American politicians and the media need to stop looking at death counters.'”
The incorrigible MSM
Following these stories, the Examiner decided to double-check with Nunes about whether or not he tested positive for the coronavirus.
Jack Langer, Nunes’ communications director, gave the outlet a statement, saying, “He said on KMJ radio that he had a positive test for antibodies, not that he’s currently positive. Said his best guess is that [he] had it in October. He said he just got back from donating blood plasma.”
However, according to the Examiner, “An hour after publishing their stories, none of the outlets had updated them to reflect the error.”
It now appears that some outlets have made the correction, but as reluctantly as they could. The Daily Beast, for example, clarified that Nunes actually tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies, but still wrote that “Nunes is not alone; more than three dozens of members of Congress have become infected with the coronavirus.”