Passing off as an attempt to save democracy on Tuesday, the Texas Democrats’ publicity stunt exploded in their faces again, as not only the number of lawmakers infected passed to six, but their charade turned into a super-spreading event with infection in the president’s office and cases inside Biden’s White House. And yet, ABC World news tonight felt the need to defend Lone Star State lawmakers by omitting them in a segment on other DC cases.
Sensationalist presenter David Muir teased the news would cover “Fully vaccinated staff from the White House to Nancy Pelosi’s office, tested positive,” but when it came to doing grassroots journalism, Muir and White House correspondent Rachel Scott didn’t see the need for it.
Muir later added in the introduction to Scott: “And one more note on the virus tonight. In Washington tonight, some fully vaccinated White House staff in President Pelosi’s office have now tested positive. “
Instead of skipping the entire segment on why the super-spreader happened, Scott never explained how a Pelosi aide and White House official contracted the virus (click “expand”) :
SCOTT: Tonight, with the delta variant on the rise, President Biden is pleading with the Americans not to let their guard down.
BIDEN: We have to remain vigilant, especially with the delta variant that exists.
SCOTT: This comes as the White House acknowledges that a fully vaccinated staff member has tested positive for Covid-19, and there have been other positive tests as well. I asked how much we are talking about. [TO JEN PSAKI] Would the administration one day provide the number of revolutionary cases that have occurred within the administration so far? Shouldn’t we expect to receive an issue on this?
JEN PSAKI: I said I’d be happy to check on the status of that, of course.
SCOTT: On Capitol Hill, a fully vaccinated spokesperson for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi also tested positive.
SCOTT: And despite these positive Covid cases, the White House is not making any changes to its protocol tonight. We know that some members who are in close contact with the president get tested twice a week. The president himself is tested every two weeks, and we asked the same question in the White House, David, tonight. But still no word on how many fully vaccinated staff have now tested positive for the virus, David.
MUIR: Okay. Very worrying.
Instead, she spent time speaking out against Republicans who haven’t been vaccinated, hitting Fox News, and bragging about Senatorial Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) ‘s heartfelt call to stand up. get vaccinated.
the CBS Evening News and NBC Evening News also declined to give these cases a full history, but at least they did the bare minimum by mentioning Texas.
For CBS, anchor Norah O’Donnell reported that new cases among those vaccinated have arisen after being in “contact with a group of Texas lawmakers who fled to Washington last week to make a political update.”
“A political point? Well, that’s one way of putting it. Better yet, think about the contrast between this coverage and how Covid cases in the Trump administration have been covered.
Back in the present, Congressional correspondent Nikole Killion had the most comprehensive coverage of the outbreak (click ‘expand’):
KILLION: Texas lawmakers who fled to Washington tonight are trying to contain a Covid breakout among their own –
REP. CHRIS TURNER (D-TX); We don’t regret coming to DC at all.
KILLION: –As two new cases surfaced with administration official and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi both reportedly encountered Texans and reportedly been fully vaccinated. The spread forced the White House to defend its own Covid protocols, adding that the infected staff member was now working out of state and showing only mild symptoms and recognizing other breakthrough infections.
JEN PSAKI: The White House medical unit conducted contact tracing interviews and did not determine any close contact between White House directors or staff or the president.
KILLION: The infected senior spokesperson in President Pelosi’s office worked with the Texas delegation last week but had no contact with the president.
Even though he only gave the story 33 seconds (in the context of “revolutionary cases”), NBC Nightly News made the most of his time as national correspondent Miguel Almaguer had the most biting take highlighting the fact that the Democrats in Texas flew to DC by posting the TSA’s rules on masking:
Now fearing a widespread fall wave, even vaccines are no guarantee against the severe threat of delta. Today we learned that a fully vaccinated White House staff member and an assistant to the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, also tested positive for the virus after meeting with fully vaccinated Texas Democratic lawmakers. , who flew maskless to Washington and suffered revolutionary infections. Tonight, an evolving threat as the unvaccinated face a future that is more like our past.
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To view the relevant July 20 transcripts, click here.