The mainstream media’s double standard was on full display again this week.
The Washington Post’s so-called “Fact Checker” has decided to give Vice President Kamala Harris only “two Pinocchios” for a claim she made about coronavirus vaccinations that is a flat-out lie.
What the Washington Post was fact-checking was a claim that Vice President Harris recently made during an interview with Axios for its HBO show.
The exchange occurred between Harris and Mike Allen, an Axios reporter and co-founder of the media outlet. Harris and Allen were talking about the coronavirus vaccination plan left by the Trump administration to the Biden administration. What Harris claimed was that the Trump administration failed to leave such a plan.
“There was no national strategy or plan for vaccinations,” Harris said. “We were leaving it to the states and local leaders to try and figure it out. And so in many ways, we are starting from scratch on something that’s been raging for almost an entire year.”
Fauci pushes back
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the infectious diseases expert who was a member of the Trump administration’s coronavirus taskforce team and is now the Biden administration’s chief medical adviser, has made it clear that he did not approve of many of the decisions that the Trump administration made concerning the coronavirus.
But, Fauci has nonetheless publicly come out against the false notion that the Biden administration is “starting from scratch,” as suggested by Harris and others in the Biden administration.
Last month, Fauci told CNN that the Biden administration “certainly [is] not starting from scratch because there is activity going on in the distribution.”
In other words, Harris lied.
Despite this fact, the Washington Post Fact Checker this week only gave Harris’s claim “two Pinocchios.” This represents “significant omissions and/or exaggerations” and possibly “some factual error may be involved but not necessarily.”
The s0-called Fact Checker justified this by claiming that the Trump administration had more of a “state-centric” as opposed to a “top-down” approach, and so Harris wasn’t completely wrong in saying that there was “no national strategy.” The so-called Fact Checker, however, agreed that Harris probably should not have said that the Biden administration is “starting from scratch.”
“Biden administration officials may be proud of what they have accomplished, but they shouldn’t suggest that nothing was in place when they walked in the door,” the outlet writes. “They have built on an existing structure left behind by the Trump team. Harris modified her comment by saying ‘in many ways,’ but that’s not quite enough to avoid Pinocchios. She earns Two.”
What a joke.