The new president is baffling voters who believed he had an amazing new plan to tackle the coronavirus by proclaiming “there is nothing we can do to change the trajectory of the pandemic.”
It appears that the Biden administration is in the “lowering expectations” phase of its messaging strategy, which will only make the inevitable receding of the pandemic falsely appear to be due to his stewardship, rather than the track that the prior Trump administration had already put America on.
The news media already appears to be trying to shift Americans’ perception of the pandemic ahead of a supposed Biden “miracle.” It is not true that CNN has stopped running its coronavirus tracker, but that is certainly something to keep an eye on during the next few weeks.
Nonetheless, even Dr. Fauci has had to set the network straight about one of its reporter’s claim that the Biden administration is having to ‘build everything from scratch’ in regards to the vaccine rollout.
“We certainly are not starting from scratch because there is activity going on in the distribution,” Fauci said. One miraculous development since that fact-check is that Fauci claims the vaccine will now supposedly help stop coronavirus mutations.
Then there is the matter of Biden’s vaccine plan: 100 million vaccine doses in 100 days. It has been posed as extremely ambitious, but in comparison to the vaccine rollout from the prior Trump administration, it is virtually identical.
“The seven-day rolling average of coronavirus vaccines administered to Americans is 914,000, according to the Bloomberg vaccine tracker, with 1.6 million doses administered on Wednesday alone,” National Review reported. “Biden’s plan calls for a million Americans to be vaccinated each day.”
“When asked by a reporter whether the goal to vaccinate one million people per day is not ambitious enough, Biden said that the goal was a ‘good start,’” the report continued. “When I announced it you all said it wasn’t possible. Come on, give me a break, man,’ Biden said.”
CNN bridled about Biden’s claim that reporters called the plan impossible in a “fact check.”
Biden’s claim is false; it’s not true that there was an initial media consensus that the 100 million goal was impossible. Some of the early news coverage of the goal did not even question whether it was plausible.
Confused yet? But one of the most hilarious aspects of CNN’s fact check is the following line, “President Joe Biden delivered a factually accurate Thursday speech about the coronavirus pandemic.”
Even when CNN tries to puff up its journalistic credentials, there is always a wink-and-nod aspect to it that shows whose side the network is always on.
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