Kayleigh McEnany slammed for disinformation after accusing media of bias in covering Hunter Biden's tax probe
'Really interesting turn of events, and good for those who covered what was a story all along and not Russian disinformation,' she said, refraining from mentioning any specific news outlets
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany was heckled during a press meet after she accused the mainstream media of biased coverage regarding the FBI investigation into Hunter Biden's taxes.
“Really interesting turn of events, and good for those who covered what was a story all along and not Russian disinformation,” she said at a press briefing on Tuesday, December 15, refraining from mentioning any specific news outlets.
She then walked off the podium without taking any more questions. However, CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta called out McEnany on her hypocrisy. “Isn’t it hypocritical of you to accuse others of disinformation when you spread it every day?” he yelled at the press secretary as she walked away.
Previously in the briefing, McEnany was asked whether President Donald Trump acknowledges that Joe Biden is the president-elect after the Electoral College affirmed Biden’s victory on Monday, December 14. So far, the POTUS has refused to concede. “The president is still involved in ongoing litigation related to the election. Yesterday was one step in the constitutional process,” McEnany said.
When she was asked whether Trump would oppose the Senate starting confirmation proceedings for some of Biden’s Cabinet nominees before Inauguration Day on January 20, the press secretary said “[Trump] won’t get ahead of that activity actually happening, but he has taken all statutory requirements necessary to either ensure a smooth transition or a continuation of power.”
Acosta later took to Twitter to call out McEnany for spreading disinformation, writing, “Fact check: There won’t be a ‘continuation of power.’ That’s disinformation.”
This is not the first time that things have gotten heated between McEnany and CNN. Last month, McEnany did not take lightly to a suggestion by CNN that the stack of affidavits she presented on live television as evidence of "election fraud" were actually blank pieces of paper. She clapped back at the news outlet for falsely accusing her of putting up a show on national television.
The allegation in question stemmed from multiple segments on Fox News where she was shown briefly brandishing pieces of paper to the camera that she claimed were legal documents. During an interview on 'Hannity', McEnany said the papers were affidavits connected to an election dispute in Wayne County, Michigan.
Her appearances became more frequent after Trump baselessly alleged widespread voter fraud and his re-election campaign filed a series of lawsuits in some battleground states which were called in favor of Biden, ultimately making him the projected winner of the 2020 election.
McEnany said on November 17, that she took offense to the fact that CNN "did about a 10-minute monologue saying these were blank. They're not blank." "In fact," McEnany continued, "these pages of paper from one county were the reason that you had a county level, Wayne County canvassers say we cannot certify this election because of these witnesses."
McEnany's retort came after CNN anchor Brianna Keilar claimed on-air that McEnany's documents, which were sometimes shown inside three-ring binders, were "full of nothing, stacks of papers with information worth less than the paper they are printed on." "They may be huge," Keilar added, "but they are also empty."