April 29, 2020

Wendy Bell, Coronavirus Denier, On Who's A "Hack"

Yesterday, KDKA Radio's Wendy Bell tweeted:
Um, so what happened with Jonathan Karl on April 27?

Admiral Giroir had just responded to a question about Coronavirus testing with some very healthy numbers. That's when Jonathon Karl asked this:
But we sat here in the Rose Garden, back on March 13, and these companies were here, some other companies were here. By my count, only 69 drive-through test sites have been set up by the companies that were here.

I’m wondering if you — and, of course, Mr. Vice President, back in early March, you said we’d be at 4 million tests by the following week. We’re just now got there in the last few days.

So what have you learned about what went wrong, you know, a month and a half — or over the last month and a half or two months?
For the record, there are 45 days between March 13 and April 27.

And this is how Vice President Pence responded:
Jon, I appreciate the question, but it represents a misunderstanding on your part and the — and frankly, the — a lot of people in the public’s part about the difference between having a test versus the ability to actually process the test. [Emphasis added.]

Let's go back to the March briefing where the 4 million tests thing was floated and actually it's March 9  (so I guess that proves Bell is right - Jonathan Karl IS a hack!!).

Pence says:
We also met today in a conference call with 47 of America’s governors. We were able to brief them on the latest — the progress that we’ve made. We were able to confirm with them that testing is now available in all state labs in every state in the country. Over a million tests have been distributed. Before the end of this week, another 4 million tests will be distributed. But as I said before, with the deployment of the commercial labs, we literally — we literally are going to see a dramatic increase in the available — availability of testing, and that’s all a direct result of the President’s leadership.
This is the context surrounding Karl's question of April 27 (and, by extension, Wendy Bell's pronouncement of Karl's hackitude).
So allow me to paraphrase. Karl, with the understanding that these would be processed tests, said that the administration had promised 4 million tests per week. To which Trump-booster Pence responded by pointing out that when he said what he said he only meant that there'd be 4 million available tests.

As CNN's Daniel Dale points out, this is a lie by omission:
Vice President Mike Pence claimed on Monday that much of the American public has a "misunderstanding" of his March 9 claim that 4 million coronavirus tests would be distributed by the end of that week. Pence was doing again on Monday what he had done on March 9 and has done regularly since: leaving out a critical piece of information. This time, he failed to explain that it had been his own words that created the "misunderstanding" -- instead laying the confusion at the feet of the media and average citizens.

Pence's comments on the subject of testing, including the remarks he was asked about on Monday, have consistently painted a picture that is far rosier than the actual situation on the ground.

Unlike President Donald Trump, Pence has not been flat lying. Rather, he has misled by omission.
If Pence had wanted to make clear on March 9 that he did not mean 4 million people could actually get tested fast, he could have said so. Instead, he conveniently omitted it.
A lie of omission.

Elsewhere in the briefing, Pence announces:
And let me ask the Secretary of HHS to give us the latest on the availability of testing to the American public and at the states.
Secretary Azar frames his remarks with:
Great. Thank you, Mr. Vice President. So we continue with our strategic plan at HHS, across all of the components represented by many of the leaders here, which is to diagnose, to treat, to contain, to mitigate, to research, and communicate. It’s what we do in a healthcare crisis situation.
And then finally gets to:
We, by the end of this week, expect to be able to be producing up to 4 million tests per week in the United States.
Note how even Secretary Azar's used the verb "producing" in his remarks - so the lie isn't just Pence. Azar knew what they were doing as well.

So Jonathan Karl stumbles into a huge lie of omission by the Trump administration and instead of pointing out the dishonesty, KDKA Radio's Wendy Bell dutifully calls ABC's Jonathan Karl a "hack" instead.

But then again, this is the human being who is "on a fence" about whether it's a good idea keep the economy locked down "for less than one percent of our population, many of whom are already ill? Or aged?"

Wendy Bell is a vile cruel person.

Maybe someday she can call me a hack in public.

Wendy, with 55,000 dead so far (a crisis made much worse by the actions and inactions of Donald J. Trump) it would be a badge of honor, snowflake. A badge of honor.


Social Justice NPC Anti-Paladin™ said...

Hack CNN's Daniel Dale: Comey never admitted to leaking.

Priceless prediction from Dayvoe
"Applications for FISA warrants, [FBI Director James] Comey said, are often thicker than his wrists, and that thickness represents all the work Justice Department attorneys and FBI agents have to do to convince a judge that such surveillance is appropriate in an investigation. I hardly think a "politically motivated" and "unjustified" FISA warrant application from the Obama DOJ is going to make it past all those levels of guv'ment bureaucracy - especially not all those FISA judges appointed by the conservative Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, John Roberts."

Zeus0209 said...

Her tweet (again): Listening to President’s daily press briefing. I’ve come to one conclusion. Jonathan Karl from ABC News is a self aggrandizing hack.

some REPLIES to her tweet (lol):

You should know

Really? Tell us more about black family structure pretty white lady.
(She should know....she works for KKK-DKA radio.)

Like looking in the mirror isn’t it?

What was your conclusion about what Trump says in those “briefings”?

I wouldn't single out any one reporter, all have an agenda to push.Real information that should be known isnt given. President is a dunderhead, and the press highlight that. I need to know how serious this is and what to do tomorrow. While you play this game, i learn nothing.

Takes one to know one.

You are the hack. Get over yourself it’s old and the majority of people that listen to you are old as hell and wont be around in a couple years. #foxnewswannbe

Why? Because he asks tough questions and tries to make Trump accountable?

I guess you haven’t been paying attention to trump

I believe you've got that backward, Karl isn't the aggrandizing hack, #TrumpVirusCoverup

THAT'S the conclusion you come to? Not the fact that trump is in the middle of a total mental breakdown? His illogical ramblings, outright lies and sociopathic behavior aren't visible to you? Are you educated? Have you ever read a book in your life?

Social Justice NPC Anti-Paladin™ said...

"with 55,000 dead so far (a crisis made much worse by the actions and inactions of Donald J. Trump)"

How many would be dead instead if Trump/Drumpf declared martial law and shut the country down in Janurary 2020?

It was predicted by medical experts that there would be 1.5 million dead by now.

Social Justice NPC Anti-Paladin™ said...

Stay at home order is constitutional.
NY won NYSRPA v. NY in District and Appeals court.
But for some strange reason, NY changed the law when it got to the Supreme Court.
Fields v. city of philadelphia district court ruled that citzens do not have a 1st amendment right to record police in public.

The Hound said...

The MAGAts who spout the constitution have never red it and even if were functionally literate and had the intellectual ambition read and understand it, they would lie about what it means.

Click here. Good News COVID 19 spreading through Whitehouse

Trump's people are immune to truth, logic and reason. It's a waste of time trying to reach them. Your average Trump supporter, like Trump is a bratty child in an adult body.