— Cernovich (@Cernovich) April 23, 2020
- Size Matters: WaPo Reporter Under Fire After Cropping Out DRUM of Rubbing Alcohol from Photo to Blame Trump for Price Spike
A reporter for the Washington Post was taken to the woodshed after she cited a price tag for an industrial-sized barrel of rubbing alcohol to imply the Trump administration sent its cost skyrocketing… but edited out the barrel.
Journalist Amber Phillips, who works on the Post’s political analysis blog ‘The Fix,’ posted a tweet on Thursday evening suggesting that by mentioning isopropyl alcohol’s effectiveness in ‘killing’ the coronavirus, President Trump triggered a vast spike in price for the common cleanser.
“Isopropyl alcohol, which the Trump administration is saying can kill the virus in 30 seconds on surfaces, for sale on Amazon right now for $2,375,” Phillips said in a now-deleted tweet, sharing a screenshot from the online retailer showing a seemingly steep price.
So what’s the rub? The journalist conveniently – and by all appearances deliberately – cropped the image to omit the quantity for sale: a massive, industrial-sized 55-gallon drum of the volatile liquid, a bit more than the 32-ounce bottle one might pick up at the local corner store. Netizens quickly took notice of the deceptive edit, unleashing a wave of ridicule on the reporter, who promptly sent the embarrassing tweet into the memory hole.
(A) Do you think she knows that's a 55 gal drum? Or (B) do you think she's never bought Isopropyl Alcohol in the store before? …Or (C) She knows and it just intentionally lying?
— TheLastRefuge (@TheLastRefuge2) April 23, 2020
What a moron…🤦♂️ pic.twitter.com/1AtCDH1zqC
— DLass (@Wwlasss) April 24, 2020
@byamberphillips Looks like she’s deleting the tweet. Actual journalism demands that she retract this (explain why it was wrong while setting the record straight) plus apologizing to readers for the “error.” pic.twitter.com/yH9LB57GJU
— Super Journalist (Retired) – JOURN-AL of Skrypton (@Magnum_CK) April 24, 2020