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One of America’s most left-wing mainstream papers, The Washington Post, is facing backlash for running a report that critics have described as an “attack” on Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s children.
Published Friday, the report revealed that parents at an Indiana school that “some” of Barrett’s children attend freaked out after the school’s principal informed them Thursday that two students and a teacher had contracted the coronavirus.
Because the SCOTUS nominee and her children had been at the White House and around the president during her Sept. 26th nomination, the parents assumed without evidence that the virus had reached the school through them.
In fairness to the Post, the paper made it clear “there is no evidence linking the school infections to the White House event.” Moreover, this story was originally reported by The New York Times, albeit as just a small snippet of a larger report.
Critics argue that the left-wing paper still deserves backlash anyway because it should have never published the story in the first place. Why? Because it’s a resolved matter.
“A White House official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive health matters said Barrett’s children have tested negative, never showed symptoms and were kept out of school after revelations that some who attended the White House ceremonies had tested positive,” the Post’s report noted.
And in an email to parents, the principal himself reportedly said he’s been “assured at this point that the risk of exposure for other individuals at Trinity School who were not identified as close contacts is no greater than the risk of getting the virus in the general community.”
Yet the Post chose to run a full story about Barrett’s children anyway and even share it to Twitter, where it’s been blasted with fierce backlash and scathing accusations.
Two students and teacher at school attended by SCOTUS nom Amy Coney Barrett’s kids test positive for coronavirus, two weeks after “superspreader” White House event for ACB. Parents are freaked out though no proven link. W/ @thamburger https://t.co/sniaNd0IgW
— Beth Reinhard (@bethreinhard) October 9, 2020
Reinhard is one of the writers who penned the report.
Now view the growing backlash below:
No proven link, but you still want to ruin their lives.
— I did not and will not vote for him. Calm down. (@jtLOL) October 10, 2020
No proven link, but let’s report it anyway. Nice look, WaPo.
— Dog guy (@Catsorange1) October 10, 2020
With no link to her or her kids, you writing a headline implying a connection is shamefully bad “journalism”.
— TJWFW (@icouldbeahacker) October 10, 2020
“Barrett’s children have tested negative, never showed symptoms and were kept out of school…” since it they found out about the WH positives.
Seems like this would be a good reason not to publish this story.
— TopJimmy (@jp23mc) October 10, 2020
“There’s no link to the White House event, but damned if I’m not gonna put that in reader’s heads”
— Jake (unaffiliated with State Farm) (@JDSommey) October 10, 2020
When you wrote this article, what point were you trying to make? Bc what it conveys is that even though the Barrett kids had nothing to do w/the others contracting the virus, you were being petty & illogical & wanted to blame it on them and on their mother anyway.
— Cathy Buffaloe (@cathybuffaloe) October 10, 2020
This is admittedly how it usually works: The media present “news” that’s dubious and hasn’t been confirmed, left-wing zealots interpret the “news” as factual, the real truth finally emerges, and the media then publish a correction but nobody reads it.
Most of the time, it seems like left-wing zealots don’t even read the original story — instead, they gobble up the clickbait headline and run with that.
It appears the same thing happened this time.
I knew it was her kids. This admin thinks kids have no risk, so guaranteed they didn’t test them…..they were asymptomatic and spread it all around.
— JE (@360hawks) October 10, 2020
Test the kids. All 7 of them
— jane. ocho (@janeocho2) October 9, 2020
This is why the WH would not do contact tracing. The spread and numbers would be through the roof.
— TheGoodWitch (@TestySally) October 9, 2020
Lol.. you can literally see many pics of her kids at the event maskless and sitting with Melania and others.. I mean I’m not a detective or doctor.. but even I can connect the dots🤷♀️
— Sarah blum (@sarahchblum) October 9, 2020
Everything written above is speculatory nonsense based on a claim that the Post has admitted “there is no evidence” to substantiate.
But again, this is how it always works, isn’t it?
Reinhard eventually posted a follow-up tweet Friday evening that read, “White House spokesman Judd Deere took issue with this article, saying, ‘The Barrett children should be off limits. Period.'”
That sounds about right …
That’s not controversial if you have a soul, you absolute ghoul.
— LB (@beyondreasdoubt) October 10, 2020
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