A recent political attack on Vice President Mike Pence proves the lines distinguishing fact, fiction, and fake news no longer exist in the media. After left-wing late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel played along with a joke the vice president made, fake news reporters turned it into a national lie.
Kimmel’s now-deleted video lampooning Pence leveraged a seemingly minor off-the-cuff crack about unloading empty boxes of personal protective equipment from a van and into a nursing home. Kidding with the driver, Pence chuckled words to the effect that empty boxes would be much lighter.
“Well can I carry the empty ones, just for the camera,” Pence chuckled.
The VP did not carry empty boxes, nor were the ones delivered to the facility mere props. Kimmel, massaging fact-into-funny, saw the exchange as a political satire opportunity.
“Mike Pence pretending to carry empty boxes of PPE into a hospital is the perfect metaphor for who he is, and what he’s doing. A big box of nothing, delivering another box of nothing,” Kimmel reportedly said during a monologue and on a subsequent video clip on social media.
And while it seems reasonable enough for left-wingers such as Kimmel to poke and prod at the Republican administration’s every step, it’s insane for members of the White House press corps to evolve fictional quips into newsworthy falsehoods. That’s precisely what happened.
“What can we say? Fake photo op?” NBC’s Andrea Mitchell reportedly wrote.
With egg on their face — again — NBC did run an article correcting their impulsive fake news operative’s error. But like any good establishment media outlet, apologies are in shorter supply than COVID-19 vaccines. However, NBC did take the time to double-down and sling other fake news mud at the Trump Administration.
“This is the first sign in months that our calls for PPE prioritization for providers of aging services are being heard — but this action is far too little, far too late,” LeadingAge president Katie Smith Sloan was strategically quoted in the personal protective equipment lie correction article. Sloan is a go-to resource for fake news outlets such as MSNBC and the Washington Post, among others.
Considered one of the more incompetent fake news reporters in the White House Press Corps, CNN contributor April Ryan couldn’t even manage good grammar in her latest anti-Trump Administration lie.
“Some Evangelicals said they supported Donald Trump because Mike Pence is supposedly a devout Christian,” CNN political analyst Ryan reportedly tweeted. “But Exodus 20:16 says ‘You shall not lie.’ Carrying empty boxes & pretending they’re PPE supplies for cameras in a pandemic is an shameful lie… & a SIN! #RepentPence.”
MSNBC’s Morning Joe host, Joe Scarborough, got into a heated Twitter feud with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz after the liberal extremist celebrity pushed the Kimmel joke as factually correct.
“Hmm. When you’re on the defensive for being dishonest & corrupt, perhaps best not to forward fraudulent stories from Jimmy Kimmel (that he’s admitted were false)? You are claiming to be a journalist, after all,” Sen. Cruz reportedly tweeted at the MSNBC host.
Scarborough went into a full-Twitter rage after Kimmel came clean that the entire narrative was just a joke meant to entertain his left-wing audience. Even the most cursory review of this dust-up proves these self-proclaimed “journalists” don’t check facts and are using late-night comedians as reliable sources. Now that’s funny.
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