The most prominent “fact-checkers” of the mainstream media kept silent about Vice President Kamala Harris’ untruthful claims that the Biden administration did not inherit a coronavirus rollout plan.
In an interview with Axios co-founder Mike Allen that was aired on HBO last Sunday, the Vice President was asked about the struggles that the Biden administration is going through in response to the pandemic, after merely a month in office.
.@VP Harris: "There was no national strategy or plan for vaccinations. … We're starting from scratch."@mikeallen: Are you having to adjust your sights now of what’s possible, given that?@VP: "We've gotta figure out a way. … No patience for, 'It can't be done.'" #AxiosOnHBO pic.twitter.com/opif5rjg96
— Axios (@axios) February 15, 2021
Harris responded, saying, “there was no stockpile … of vaccines.” She continued, “There was no national strategy or plan for vaccinations. We were leaving it to the states and local leaders to try and figure it out. And so, in many ways, we’re starting from scratch on something that’s been raging for almost an entire year!”
This statement made by Harris directly contradicted Dr. Anthony Fauci’s remarks last month in response to a CNN report that was making the same claim.
In stark contrast from Harris stated, Fauci said, “We certainly are not starting from scratch because there is activity going on in the distribution.”
Meanwhile, the Washington Post fact-checker, Glenn Kessler, who famously kept a running tally of every false statement made by former President Trump during his term, has yet to weigh on the Vice President’s comments.
Washington Post fact-checker Glenn Kessler religiously tracked Trump’s statements throughout his presidency. Kessler explained on CNN that Biden would not be honored with the same rigorous fact-checking regimen. WHY is THAT?? Worried about the compromised LIAR??????
— Kevin Andres (@kandres710) January 26, 2021
Last weekend, Kessler spent much of his time fact-checking Trump’s legal team during the impeachment trial. One of the claims that he tried to fact-check was in support of Harris, who the Trump team criticized for promoting the Minessota Freedom Fund last year.
However, the fact-checker maintained Trump’s attorneys’ claim that the money raised from the fund bailed out rioters, including repeat offenders, is “more complicated” than they suggested.
The fact-checker of CNN, Daniel Dale, also spent much of his weekend on Trump’s defense team. Neither Dale nor the rest of the fact-checking team at CNN addressed Harris’ false claims about the vaccine.
Why did Axios delete this tweet? pic.twitter.com/94HNrOIgrW
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) February 15, 2021
Last Thursday, Dr. Anthony Fauci made statements that thoroughly debunked CNN’s much-criticized report stating that the Biden administration was “starting from scratch” with the COVID vaccine rollout. This report allegedly came from anonymous sources, saying that the White House inherited “no plan” from the former Trump administration.
During the press briefing at the White House, Dr. Fauci was asked by NBC News correspondent Kristen Welker if the Biden administration is “starting from scratch.”
Fauci responded, “We certainly are not starting from scratch because there is activity going on in the distribution.”
Neither Washington Post nor CNN responded to Fox News’ requests for comment.
Meanwhile, PolitiFact stood as the only known fact-checker to challenge Harris’ claim as “wrong.”
Axios, the news outlet that Harris made her unfounded claims, surprisingly tried to cover up the false claims made by the Vice President by deleting a previous tweet they posted in relation to Dr. Fauci’s past remarks that the Biden administration is certainly are not starting from scratch.
“Why did Axios delete this tweet?” “Ruthless” podcast co-host and conservative Twitter personality Comfortably Smug asked.
Axios deleting this tweet seems suspicious given the revelations that a reporter for them who covers Kamala Harris is head over heels in love with a now former Biden Administration member. See the problem now guys? @mikeallen pic.twitter.com/U8v28h2kug
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) February 15, 2021
Conservative commentator Stephen Miller also wrote on Twitter, “Axios deleting this tweet seems suspicious given the revelations that a reporter for them who covers Kamala Harris is head over heels in love with a now-former Biden Administration member. See the problem now guys? @mikeallen”
The same as the Washington Post and CNN, Axios also did not respond to Fox New’s request for comment.