USA Today makes Orwellian call to help ID Rose Garden guests at SCOTUS event

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USA Today, a news outlet whose “reporting” has grown increasingly left-wing in the Trump era, is now seeking to effectively doxx everybody who attended Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination at the White House Rose Garden last month.

“USA TODAY is attempting to identify every person at the event using publicly available photographs of that day. If you know of someone who is not on our list, please fill out this form,” a story on the news outlet’s website reads with numbers attached to attendees in the picture.

As of Friday morning, the outlet had already identified 192 of over 200 attendees and was seeking the public’s help in identifying everybody else.


The outlet and newspaper has justified its campaign by dubbing the event a likely “superspreader” of the coronavirus “after nearly a dozen people in attendance later tested positive for COVID-19,” including President Donald Trump.

While it’s possible the event did lead to the transmission of the virus, it’s unclear why USA Today is seeking to publicly expose attendees instead of either letting the White House handle it itself or working privately in conjunction with the White House.

The above tweet from USA Today boasted a growing ratio as of Friday morning, with a majority of repliers accusing the outlet of engaging in “creepy,” “Orwellian” behavior.


One frequent complaint was the observation that USA Today and its peers in the left-wing media had never once sought to doxx the looters and rioters who’d gathered en masse in the streets — and sometimes without masks — over the summer.


If anything, members of the mainstream media rushed to the defense of looters and rioters after independent journalists such as Andy Ngo began publishing their mugshots to the Internet to warn the public of their dangerous activities.

Regardless, according to the Los Angeles Times, the Trump administration has “relegated contact tracing to an internal team of doctors, who reportedly have focused on tracking down those in close proximity to the president between the Sept. 29 debate in Ohio and his positive test for the coronavirus two days later.”

The only problem is that Barrett’s nomination happened three days prior to the debate.

Concerns about the event being a “superspreader” have also been raised by Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.

“Officials with the Washington, D.C., Department of Health have been unsuccessful in trying to connect with the White House to assist with contact tracing and other protocols regarding the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak that has infected President Donald Trump and several senior staff members,” NBC News reported Tuesday.

“‘We have reached out to the White House on a couple of different levels, a political level and a public health level,’ Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser said Monday. She added that a D.C. health department representative who reached out to the White House ‘had a very cursory conversation that we don’t consider a substantial contact from the public health side.'”

But Bowser also admitted that White House officials “have their hands full” at the moment, suggesting they could potentially benefit from privately offered help.

All this comes as congressional Democrats and their media allies are desperately seeking any excuse to delay Barrett’s confirmation hearings.

And in arguing for a delay, Democrat leaders have cited the need for contact tracing.

“It is premature for [Judiciary Committee] Chairman [Lindsey] Graham to commit to a hearing schedule when we do not know the full extent of potential exposure stemming from the president’s infection and before the White House puts in place a contact tracing plan to prevent further spread of the disease,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Dianne Feinstein wrote in a letter last week.

They also predictably argued against holding virtual confirmation hearings.


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