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The week in whoppers: Psaki’s huffy hypocrisy, CNN’s clueless criticism and more

Diary of disturbing disinformation and dangerous delusions

This quote:

“I’m not going to get into private diplomatic conversations or leaked transcripts of phone calls.” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, Sept. 1

Jen Psaki
AP

We say: That was Psaki’s huffy response when asked about the leaked July 23 phone call between her boss and Ashraf Ghani, in which President Biden told the then-president of Afghanistan to lie about the Taliban’s growing success. She reacted very differently when President Donald Trump’s conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky leaked and led to impeachment, tweeting in 2019, “It is not just the call transcript. The whistleblower complaint would likely have more details. We need both.”

This headline:

Donald Trump with a CNN headline.
NY Post composite

We say: CNN’s Chris Cillizza declares history books will judge the “defining trait” of Trump’s “turbulent four years in office” to be “his assault on truth” and “the role a nonpartisan media plays in society,” citing Pew’s finding that the chunk of Republicans with some trust in national news organizations nose­dived from 70 percent in 2016 to 35 percent now. Cillizza’s analysis contains not a whit of self-awareness as he blames Trump for the shift — and not a nowhere-near-nonpartisan media that, to give just one example, openly suppressed The Post’s Hunter Biden reporting while his doddering dad ran for election.

This tweet:

We say: NeverTrumper and former GOP speechwriter David Frum is determined to tar Republican governors as a new axis of evil. But the facts don’t fit: Even now, Florida’s per-capita COVID death rate puts it at No. 21 in the nation, with 205 deaths per 100,000 people as of Sept. 1. Deep-blue New Jersey takes the top spot, with 303, and New York comes in third, with 279.

These chyrons:

We say: CNN is having a field day with the news Joe Rogan has COVID, claim­­ing the anti-woke podcaster is taking “livestock drug” and “horse dewormer” ivermectin to treat it. In fact, the World Health Organization has ivermectin on its essential medicines list — for humans. The FDA-approved antiparasitic drug is going through dozens of clinical trials as a prophylactic and treatment for COVID, with numerous small studies finding it extraordinarily effective.

— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board


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