- CNN’s Acosta Mangles White House Quote on Science & Reopening Schools, Corrects Himself ONLY After Misleading Tweet Goes Viral
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany was lambasted online after relaying the president’s support for reopening schools this fall, but a quote singled out by critics was deceptively stripped of all context.
The row was sparked during a White House presser on Thursday, after a reporter asked McEnany about how parents might approach the upcoming academic year, as a growing number of school districts around the country move to full-time virtual learning amid the coronavirus pandemic.
“The president has said unmistakably that he wants schools to open,” McEnany replied. “I was just in the Oval talking to him about that, and when he says open, he means open in full, kids being able to attend each and every day at their school. The science should not stand in the way.”
“The science is on our side here. We encourage localities and states to just simply follow the science.”
Though McEnany went on to cite Scott Atlas, the former head of Stanford University’s neuroradiology department, as well as a recent study by the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), her first line about “science” promptly went viral. A Twitter pile-on soon followed, with detractors and a number of mainstream media outlets presenting the quote only in part, distorting its meaning to suggest the administration opposes ‘science’ altogether.
Case Study in Media Bias:
I said: “The science is very clear on this…the science is on our side here. We encourage our localities & states to just simply follow the science. Open our schools.”
But leave it to the media to deceptively suggest I was making the opposite point! https://t.co/vlxk3zRsgh
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) July 16, 2020
They’re lying to you.
Media outlets & personalities (+ other left-wingers) maliciously took a @PressSec quote out of context (full below) to fraudulently make it sound like she didn’t care about the science she went on to explain supports the move to reopen schools.
— Drew Holden (@DrewHolden360) July 16, 2020
pretty dishonest journalism here.
CNN’s acosta cuts off the quote, doesn’t give full context, and goes viral. (15K RTs, 23K likes in an hour)
correction gets way less engagement (300 RTs, 1K likes)
media does this stuff constantly and they still wonder why nobody trusts them. pic.twitter.com/B0j049Z3WK
— Logan Hall (@loganclarkhall) July 16, 2020
You are the enemy of truth. Intentionally cut off McEnany's quote, let that simmer and gather retweets and likes for a while, then issued a half-hearted correction.
You mislead Americans on purpose to suit your agenda.
— Rosco Roberts (@RoscoRoberts1) July 16, 2020
I’ve tweeted this so often… but this has been the press MO since January 20, 2017 press tweet “Trump removes MLK bust from Oval Office”.
Then corrected a minute later “whoops there it is”.
But the damage was done. And the damage is the goal.
— Daniel Turner (@DanielTurnerPTF) July 16, 2020