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Tuesday’s White House Press Briefing was a welcome reprieve as Fox News’s Peter Doocy found himself with more than a few colleagues willing to join him in grilling Press Secretary Jen Psaki as ten reporters (including Doocy) lobbed one question after another about Texas Democrats fleeing Austin for Washington D.C. and triggering a superspreader of coronavirus cases.
By the time Doocy spoke, he was the third reporter to inquire about how Texas Democrats have spread COVID on both Capitol Hill and in the White House. Doocy, however, went where his colleagues wouldn’t with the use of the word superspreader.
“More than 10 percent of the traveling party with these Texas Democrats now claim to have a breakthrough case. Is there any concern that this trip that was intended to advocate for voting rights is now a superspreader event in Washington,” he asked.
An abrasive Psaki griped “that’s not a characterization we’re making from here,” but rather insisted that these “breakthrough cases” among unvaccinated individuals was proof that vaccines work in preventing from “death,” “hospitalization,” or even “serious illness” (which is entirely correct).
Doocy’s second of four questions focused on whether Texas Democrats should face blowback for their behavior: “Now that COVID-19, after contact with those Democrats, has reached the White House, what is your message to these Texas Democrats?”
Shamelessly, Psaki replied that the message shouldn’t be that their behavior led to people getting sick, but it should be one of “thanks for standing up for voting rights, and the rights of Americans to have their voices heard at the voting booth.”
Doocy’s other two questions touched on whether the administration would support or even call for the return to mass mandates (click “expand”):
DOOCY: And certain places are bringing mask mandates back now, including for vaccinated people. What does President Biden think about that?
PSAKI: Well Peter, we know that some employers, hospitals, health systems, colleges and universities, which we’ve seen put in place mask mandates, some large and small employers have chosen to take this step. That’s entirely appropriate. That’s their decision to make. That’s not an initiative where we’re instituting from the federal government, but we know that companies, private sector employees, health institutions, educational institutions, will take steps in order to keep the people in their community safe.
DOOCY: Six months ago, the President asked Americans to wear masks for 100 days. As the delta variant spreads, is there a possibility that he’s going to make a similar ask down the line?
PSAKI: Well, nothing has changed with the guidance that we are providing to the American public. If you are vaccinated, you do not need to wear a mask. If you are not vaccinated, the public health officials from the federal government recommend you wear a mask. Anything we would determine would be guided by our health and medical experts.
As we stated earlier, Doocy wasn’t the first to bring up the cases. The Associated Press’s Aamer Madhani kicked off the Q&A requesting confirmation “that a White House official has also tested positive” and whether the cases would hinder the ability of Texas Democrats to meet with President Biden.
NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell came next and asked for specific numbers of “breakthrough” cases “among the White House staff,” whether Psaki would be “publicly confirming cases…in the future,” and if there would be changes in protocols for interacting with the President and Vice President.
As usual, Psaki’s answers were no more than word salad.
CBS’s Ed O’Keefe went after Doocy and stayed on the case as he got Psaki to admit that the Biden administration had covered up previous coronavirus cases within their ranks (click “expand”)
O’KEEFE: So, I just want to back up here to this breakthrough case here at The White House.
O’KEEFE: You confirmed today there’s been a breakthrough case.
O’KEEFE: But you’re also confirming there have been other breakthrough cases.
O’KEEFE: But you had not previously disclosed that there had been.
PSAKI: And that’s correct. We had also committed during the transition that I think there’s hundreds, thousands of people who work on the federal government, as you all know. And we had committed during the transition that if it was a commissioned officer, who are the highest level ranking people in the White House and in this building here, that we would make that information publicly available. We stand by that commitment.
O’KEEFE: So if it’s anyone below that, you don’t feel the need to let people know?
PSAKI: Well again, that’s the commitment we made. I’m here talking to all of you today and sharing with you information about the individual who has — who has received a positive test yesterday.
ABC’s Rachel Scott tried to get an answer to O’Donnell’s query about the total number of administration officials contracting the virus, but Psaki passed the buck by saying she’d “be happy to check on the status of that.”
A little after Reuters’s Nandita Bose unsuccessfully inquired about whether breakthrough cases would increase vaccine hesitancy, NPR’s Tamara Keith tried to get answers about further transmission, the number of commissioned military officers in the White House, and whether the cases “create a messaging challenge for this White House to have breakthrough infections.”
In response to those questions, Psaki either deflected, said she’d get back to her, or reiterated that the country is actually doing quite well in terms of vaccinations among adults. Further, she suggested that those vaccinated shouldn’t be getting worked up (as some have) over the delta variant.
CBS News Radio White House correspondent and White House Correspondents Association President Steven Portnoy took O’Keefe’s strategy of asking short and rapidfire questions about the cases, but Psaki wouldn’t budge other than to say the cases do not include a commissioned officer.
To see the relevant transcript from July 20’s briefing, click here.
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Welcome to the Biden era, when not even a presidential briefing on wildfires can go down without fueling suspicions that the leader of the free world is in cognitive decline.
For as long as President Joe Biden has had White House prospects, some have wondered whether he is mentally fit for the job. Now that he’s taken office, we get hint after hint that he’s probably not.
Were he to occasionally flub or forget words, it would hardly be worthy of note.
But we’re talking about a lengthy list of incidents that suggest he’s routinely disoriented, confused and treated like a nursing home patient by handlers who are plainly determined to minimize his contact with the media.
Throw in vocal concern from a former White House doctor-turned-congressman who has urged Biden to undergo cognitive testing — a perfectly fair request, as this is exactly what former President Donald Trump did to prove his mental acuity — and you’ve got a president who’s digging himself into a deeper hole nearly every day.
While giving comments on new federal measures to address wildfires in the West on Wednesday, Biden dutifully read off his teleprompter without much incident — that is, until he came across the name of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
He tried not once, not twice, but three times to pronounce the confounding word “oceanic.”
Biden was explaining how “we are harnessing new tools and technologies to better identify and respond before new fires grow into large, uncontrolled conflagrations” when he got stuck.
“So, for example, the National Ocean — uh, the National Oceanogra — Ocean — Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration,” he stuttered out, before managing to recover and explain that the agency “has satellite technology that is able to see from space when new fires start while they’re still small.”
If reading off a teleprompter is such a challenge, you can certainly see why he’s told reporters on multiple occasions that he might “get in trouble” for taking their questions when he’s “not supposed to.”
And yet, as we saw during his campaign, the teleprompter seems to be a safer choice than allowing the president to freestyle, even during live television interviews.
Not only has White House press secretary Jen Psaki admitted that Biden’s staffers would prefer him not to talk to reporters off the cuff, but he also holds the record for the longest a newly elected president has gone without giving a news conference.
Of course, when his team finally did arrange the long-awaited media event, Biden was armed with notes and cards and appeared to have been given direction on which reporters to call on. Unfortunately, this didn’t prevent him from descending into nonsense.
The frequent gaffes, like Wednesday’s rare triple blunder, are indicative of cognitive decline that they’re tasked with hiding from the American people.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
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Welcome to the left’s war on women.
An undefeated female mountain biking champion lost her title to a transgender. A weightlifter, mediocre when she was a he, qualified for the Olympics in the women’s category. A biological male who identifies as a woman caused a ruckus at a Los Angeles women’s day spa when he decided to strut around stark naked.
Naked man allowed in women’s Day Spa Los Angeles Boycott Wi Spa!!! pic.twitter.com/PWnCXnntKP
— Lexit Movement (@LexitMovement1) June 26, 2021
As if all of the above were not ridiculous enough, on Sunday, Kataluna Enriquez, a man who identifies as a woman, was crowned Miss Nevada USA at the South Point hotel-casino in Las Vegas, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
This is the first time a transgender has won the title. Isn’t that exciting?
“Today I am a proud transgender woman of color,” Enriquez said, according to the Review-Journal. “Personally, I’ve learned that my differences do not make me less than, it makes me more than.”
Enriquez had been crowned Miss Silver State USA in March. That pageant is a feeder contest for the Miss Nevada USA title.
KVVU-TV reporter Kim Passoth told viewers at the time that Enriquez had won transgender and also cisgender contests before, “but this is a monumental win.”
“Miss Silver was a great experience to me,” Enriquez said. “It was honestly a celebration of womanhood and diversity and a celebration of being your true self.”
Passoth said that in another contest, which she refused to name, “when organizers found out [Enriquez] was trans, everything changed.”
Enriquez said he was asked to provide documents from a doctor to certify that he was female, which he considered to be invasive. This was not required of anyone else in the pageant. He also complained that everyone was assigned a roommate except for him.
Oh, the injustice of it all.
Just in time for the 2012 presidential election, Democrats began to rail about the “Republicans’ War on Women.” Those pro-life Republicans were trying to take away women’s rights. It was still a “thing” in October 2017 when GQ ran a headline that said, “The Republicans’ War on Women Is a Clear and Present Danger.” Yes.
Frankly, the left’s crusade for transgender rights is starting to feel like a war on women.
Let’s talk about women’s rights. A woman should have the right to spend an afternoon at a women’s day spa without being subjected to a mixed-up, stark naked male who insists he’s a female. She shouldn’t have to compete against a biological male to win an athletic scholarship, a championship, a spot on an Olympic team or a beauty pageant.
Certainly, we should treat transgender people with the same respect we would anybody else — no more or no less. But they are not special people and they do not deserve an elevated status. We do not have to yield to them.
Nontransgenders of the world have rights too.
Just asking for a friend. Do you think any of the pageant judges may have been liberals?
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
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The Toronto International Film Festival is ready to welcome audiences back to in-person premieres and screenings after COVID-19 forced the 2020 edition of the annual celebration of movies to unfold largely online. This week, TIFF announced that while it still plans to show films virtually for press and film executives who can’t travel to Canada […]
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Welcome, welcome, NewsBusters listeners! We have reached the penultimate episode of the “Dad isn’t home” mini-series of the NewsBusters podcast with yours truly and weekday evening and Sunday analyst Nick Fondacaro.
For Wednesday’s show, we led off by recapping where we’ve been over the last few episodes in exposing how more and more corners of the liberal media have shown a blatant disregard for sobriety and showing that they actually care about people who disagree with them.
We also plugged two fantastic NewsBusters studies from our research team. First, Bill D’Agostino released on Wednesday morning his latest NewsBusters explainer video and it covered the disinformation campaign by the left over the For the People Act that would make even China and Russia blush. And secondly, we highlighted a study from Rich Noyes about the broadcast network evening news coverage of the For the People Act and GOP voter integrity measures.
As part of that disinformation campaign, Joy Reid and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) spent Tuesday night on MSNBC whining about how conservative groups had to be not only stopped, but crushed because these supposedly scary organizations oppose their dangerous, election-rigging legislation.
In part two, Nick and I spoke with Joe Chalfant only a month after he took over as president of the conservative news and opinion site Lone Conservative from founder Kassy Dillon. In addition to talking about his journey into the conservative movement, we dove into the objectives, mission, and successes that Lone Conservative has had in its short, four-year history.
Lone Conservative has proven itself to be a thriving community of young conservatives looking for their first break in politics and, by providing over 400 students the opportunity to begin their professional writing career, translated into an extensive alumni network in campaign, media, and policy realms.
Listen below or wherever you get your podcasts.