Monday morning much of the press was reporting that the number of new cases of the coronavirus in the United States has dropped to levels not seen since the summer of 2020. Hospitalizations and deaths have similarly declined. And the Biden administration’s management of vaccination efforts has led to 50% of adults in half the country being fully vaccinated.
However, as most of the media continues to report the positive aspects of the COVID pandemic trends, there is some downside focus in certain areas. Not surprisingly, the half of the country that has not reached that 50% milestone are mostly Southern and/or Republican states. And the press that is downplaying this news, or not reporting it at all, is, of course, Fox News. At Fox they have more pressing matters to attend to. Like the fake international incident caused by Vice-President Kamala Harris.
It is the objective of Fox News to either ignore any of the success of the Biden administration or to invent failures. For instance, recent Fox News fakeries included a “scandal” over Biden wearing a face mask, and Sean Hannity posting a flagrantly deceptive video of Biden.
So while there is much to be grateful for as the nation gets closer to whatever it was we thought was normal before the pandemic, Fox News strives to increase the national anxiety level. That was evident in the daily White House press briefing on Monday as Fox’s Peter Doocy engaged in this exchange with press secretary Jen Psaki about the speculation over where the coronavirus originated (a “scandal” that Fox News is foremost in hyping):
Doocy: With 589,920 dead Americans, at what point does President Biden say, “We don’t want to wait for the WHO (World Health Organization). We don’t know what they’re doing. This needs to be an American led effort to get to the bottom of what happened.”
Psaki: Well, first of all, we need access to the underlying data and information in order to have that investigation.
Doocy: But he talks all the time about how he’s known President Xi for a long time. So why can’t he just call?
Psaki: I think you’re misunderstanding how this process actually works. An international investigation led by the World Health Organization is something that we’ve actually been pressing for for several months, in coordination with a range of partners around the world. We need that data. We need that information from the Chinese government. What we can’t do, and I would caution anyone doing, is leaping ahead of an actual international process. We don’t have enough data and information to jump to a conclusion at this point in time.
Psaki: I think you’re misunderstanding how this process actually works pic.twitter.com/CBH5A7obQw
— Acyn (@Acyn) May 24, 2021
It’s nice to see that after a year of downplaying COVID-19 as a flu or a hoax, Fox News seems to be concerned about its victims. Needless to say though, Doocy did not grasp Psaki’s response, or didn’t want to. So he rephrased his question and asked it again. Psaki patiently tried to educate Doocy that the U.S. can’t unilaterally investigate something that happened in another country.
It’s sad that Doocy needs to be told that Biden can’t just ring up Xi on the phone and ask him “Wassup with that virus thing?” He also can’t send in CIA operatives to interrogate Chinese officials, or Navy Seals to steal file cabinets with secreted data. This has to be handled with diplomacy by a neutral agency that has authority granted by the international community.
The purpose of Doocy’s apparent inability to comprehend this is simply to leave an impression that Biden is isn’t doing all that he can do to get to truth about the virus’ origins. His assignment wasn’t to elicit information, but to pose questions that act as statements and to malign the President in the process.
However, Psaki correctly points out that Doocy just doesn’t understand how international investigations work. And she drives home the point that the administration’s goal with regard to the virus’ origins is “the desire to know how this started, where it started, and to prevent it from ever happening again.” So all Doocy accomplished was to make himself look like a dope with a partisan agenda. Which he has proven repeatedly is not much a of a stretch for him.
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