IIPTDXTTNMIAFB is Ethics Alarmseese for “Imagine if President Trump did X that the news media is accepting from Biden.” I could probably feature such stories every day, but that would be as boring as these episodes are infuriating. They all come under the sub-heading of “Nah, there’s no mainstream media bias,” which I could justifiably update to “Nah, the mainstream news media didn’t steal the Presidency for Joe Biden.”
This one was so egregious that the AP even did a “factcheck”, but muted its description so absurdly that it is a perfect IIPTDXTTNMIAFB.
You see, President Biden said, in a CNN town meeting during which he periodically babbled incoherently, “If you’re vaccinated, you’re not going to be hospitalized, you’re not going to be in the IC unit, and you’re not going to die…You’re not going to get COVID if you have these vaccinations.”
That is a lie. It’s a lie because it is demonstrably false, and like so much else involving the pandemic, it is deliberate misinformation to manipulate the public. The Democrats, after all, fervently believe that the ends justify the means in all things. Apparently the truth, which the Biden Administration knows and thus its head is responsible for knowing, just isn’t good enough to move the herd along as its masters desire, so the strategy is to lie.
As of July 12, the government has reported that 5,492 vaccinated people who tested positive for coronavirus and were hospitalized or died. That’s not a lot out of 159 million fully vaccinated Americans, but it’s not zero either. This is the kind of inaccuracy that when it issued from President Trump was instantly filed in the Washington Post Trump Lies database, and spawned a week of outrage over how untrustworthy he was.
But not Joe! The AP factcheck is gentle to the point of being deception itself. “The reality is not that cut and dried,” Hope Yen and Calvin Woodward write, like good little propagandists. No, you hacks, the reality is something completely different, meaning that the President was lying. “His remark accurately captures the strong protection the COVID-19 vaccines provide as cases spike among people who have resisted the shots. But it overlooks the rare exceptions,” they write. No, you “activists,” it isn’t accurate—it is false. Later, they write, “He painted with too broad a brush as he described in stark terms the disparity between those who got their shots and those who haven’t. The disparity is real, but a small number of breakthrough infections happen and health officials say they are not a cause for alarm.” WHAT??? They sure as hell are a “cause for alarm” for the people who have died or ended up in the hospital! And those terms aren’t “stark,” they are misleading. I could cite statement after statement by Trump that would have met the “real” but not exactly true standard the Yen and Woodward have invented to avoid criticizing Joe.
The headline on the story is “Biden goes too far in assurances on vaccines.” Oh! Lies are now “going too far,” are they? Funny, I never saw that euphemism ever applied to one of Trump’s hyperboles, like “I won the election.” That’s going too far, but “I lost because the election was unfairly rigged” may not be.
In fact, with coverage like the AP’s, it seems clear that the news media is trying to rig the next one.