There was much gnashing of the teeth in media circles Wednesday during and after the daily White House press briefing.
The “during” part, as my RedState colleague Bonchie reported, was when White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany excoriated Democrats like California Gov. Gavin “Hair Gel” Newsom and CNN’s resident tough guy Chris “Fredo” Cuomo for not practicing what they mandate/preach about people following government COVID mandates and CDC guidelines.
The “after” part came as the briefing concluded. According to Wednesday’s chosen “print pool reporter” Chris Johnson from the Washington Blade, New York Times photographer Doug Mills “politely pointed out” to McEnany’s husband Sean Gilmartin that he was required to wear a mask per WHCA rules. Johnson also claimed Gilmartin shouted out “you crushed it!” to McEnany as she walked away from the podium:
Johnson later clarified that it wasn’t Gilmartin who shouted out the cheer to McEnany but a reporter from First Class Fatherhood:
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Several hours later during his “360” program, CNN’s Anderson “Karen” Cooper jabbed both McEnany and her husband for the alleged shout-out and also over neither of them wearing masks. Newsbusters’ Nicholas Fondacaro recaps:
“As she left the briefing room, a voice was heard to say, ‘You crushed it, Kayleigh.’ It was her husband. He’d been there the entire time in the cramped space,” Cooper claimed. A video of Gilmartin standing in the back of the room with his arms crossed flashed on the screen. A circle appeared around him, like CNN was trying to point out the second shooter on the grassy knoll.
Cooper: “By the way, not wearing a mask even though a New York Times photographer pointed out he was breaking the rules, which were set up because, in the real world, Kayleigh McEnany and several members of the press have caught the coronavirus.”
Watch video of Cooper’s swipe at McEnany and Gilmartin below, via MRC-TV:
The problem, as you might have already guessed, is that Cooper was going off of the initial pool report about the shout-out, which as I noted above was later corrected.
McEnany blasted Cooper on the Twitter machine for getting it wrong:
Cooper later posted a tweet noting his mistake after McEnany corrected him:
As to the mask-shaming, McEnany didn’t address that part of Cooper’s rant, and likely for the same reason the rest of us don’t take CNN seriously on mask reports: We’re all still waiting on Cooper and his colleagues to publicly rebuke fellow anchor Chris Cuomo for repeatedly breaking the rules he, Cooper, and others in the media demand the little people obey. Stay tuned…