WaPo, CNN ‘fact-checker’ silence as Harris falsely claims that Biden “began over” with vaccine introduction
The mainstream media’s most prominent “fact-checkers” have remained silent about the debunked claim by Vice President Kamala Harris that the Biden government has not inherited a plan to introduce coronavirus vaccines.
During an interview with Axios co-founder Mike Allen, which aired on HBO Sunday, Harris was asked about the difficulties in the government’s response to the pandemic after almost a month in office.
“There was no supply … of vaccines,” replied Harris. “There was no national strategy or plan for vaccination. We left it up to states and local leaders to find out. In many ways, we’re starting with something that’s been raging for almost a year!”
Harris directly disagreed with statements made by the White House Advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, last month, when responding to CNN reports that made a similar claim.
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“We are certainly not starting from scratch because there are activities in distribution,” said Fauci during a press conference at the White House.
Glenn Kessler, the Washington Post fact-checker who is known to test the lies voiced during the Trump presidency, has not yet weighed Harris’s testimony.
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During the Senate impeachment trial, Kessler spent much of his time reviewing former President Trump’s legal team. One of the claims he tried to verify was in defense of Harris, whom the Trump team beat up last year for promoting the Minnesota Freedom Fund. The fact-checker insisted on Trump’s attorneys claim that the money raised from the fund to rescue rioters, including repeat offenders, was “more complicated” than they had suggested.
CNN’s star fact checker Daniel Dale also spent the weekend focusing on the Trump defense team. Neither he nor the rest of the fact-checking team at CNN have dealt with Harris’ debunked claim.
However, it might be uncomfortable for Dale and CNN to report such a fact-checking.
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CNN, which reports that Fauci was shot down from the White House press room last month, quoted anonymous Biden officials, and the anti-Trump network was promoting its now exposed “shovel” on the air.
Neither CNN nor Washington Post’s Kessler responded immediately to Fox News’ requests for comment.
While PolitiFact was the only prominent fact-checker to question Harris’ claim as “false”, Axios, the news agency the Vice President claimed, curiously verified it by deleting a tweet referring to Fauci’s earlier remarks during You share the clip on Twitter.
Axios also did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
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While the fact-checkers have remained largely silent, Harris’ falsehood has been confirmed as truth elsewhere. PBS NewsHour correspondent Yamiche Alcindor took the vice president at her word when she appeared on MSNBC Monday.