CNN’s Jim Acosta Gets Embarrassed Again – This Time By Dr. Fauci
On Tuesday, during President Trump’s daily press conference on the Chinese coronavirus, CNN’s noted grandstander Jim Acosta suggested that Trump didn’t act early enough to stop the virus from spreading.
Never mind that while Trump and his task force were combating this since January, CNN was posting things like this:
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) January 30, 2020
Via the Daily Wire, Acosta asked:
This may be an uncomfortable question, what would the models have looked like that Dr. Birx and Dr. Fauci showed us if we had started the social distancing guidelines sooner in February or January when China and South Korea were doing those sorts of things? … If we had started these practices sooner, could these models be different right now?
He then went on to ask:
You understand the painful part of my question, and please, I don’t mean to put you on the spot-up there may be Americans at home saying, “If we had started this sooner, we might not have 100000 to 200000 Americans dying.”
This was an obvious attempt to coax Trump into admitting he may have made mistakes, which would only give the media more chances to spitball this way.
But the President and his team were having none of it. Trump responded saying what he did to mitigate the problem, referring mostly to his China travel ban.
The president asked Dr. Deborah Birx to respond, and she explained that information was lacking before the virus hit the US. Dr. Anthony Fauci then backed up Birx and rebuked Acosta for looking for a potential out-of-context sound bite:
“Just to underscore what Dr. Birx was saying, if there was no virus in the background, there was nothing to mitigate. If there was virus there that we didn’t know about, then the answer to your question is probably yes. Now the only trouble with that is that whenever you come out and say something like that, it always becomes almost a sound bite that gets taken out of context.”
It’s always fun watching Acosta make an absolute fool of himself and the media at large. Until the next briefing…