Rude ABC reporter Jonathan Karl calls Trump liar, but he swallowed Bob Woodward’s lie whole

At a September 10 press conference on coronavirus, the president had to put up with a slimy sleazy question from ABC’s Jonathan Karl, who is clearly trying to out-do Jim Acosta as the most pompous self-important Fake News reporter covering the White House.

Karl swallowed a lie told by Bob Woodward in his new book “Rage” and then blamed Trump for lying to the American public by downplaying the China virus when in fact Trump was the only one taking the virus seriously in January and February.

Woodward was too lazy to find out that it was no secret the virus was dangerous when he talked to Trump in February, nor that Trump had always approached the virus from the point of view of avoiding panic and yet simultaneously warning that it could always get worse. He was dealing with a shifting, dangerous situation and never misled anyone. If he had, you can bet that Drs. Fauci and Birx would not have tolerated it. Still, logic and facts did not prevent Karl from asking this presumptuous and rude question:

“Why did you lie to the American people and why should we trust what you have say now?”

As Trump said, Karl’s question was a disgrace and he should be ashamed of himself.

“That’s a terrible question and the phraseology — I didn’t lie. What I said was “we have to be calm. We can’t be panicked,” Trump responded. “If he (Woodward) thought that was a bad statement, he would have reported it. … And he didn’t report it because he didn’t think it was bad. Nobody thought it was bad.”

As Karl rudely challenged the president, Trump shushed him, and told him definitively:

“The way you phrased that is such a disgrace. It’s a disgrace to ABC television network. It’s a disgrace to your employer.”

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The president explained to Karl that the flu is also a serious problem, but he used it as an example because it was something familiar to people, and it would discourage panic.

“It’s a serious problem,” Trump said of the China virus. “That doesn’t mean I’m going to jump up and down in the air and start saying ‘People are going to die, people are going to die!’ No!”

You can watch the entire exchange on my video. It’s obvious that Jonathan Karl is incapable of learning, but he should at least know how to treat the president with respect and proper decorum. Fat chance!

I’ve posted a video of part of the press conference on my YouTube page. (Hint: You can subscribe by clicking here!) It’s about a nine-minute video, so if you only want to see the Karl exchange here’s the timeline:

My commentary goes from the start of the video till 1:22. Karl’s accusation occurs at 1:26 and the president’s response continues until 6:06. A follow up question by Philip Rucker of the Washington Post (same paper as Bob Woodward) accuses the president of “not leveling” with the American public (same as lying by the way). He is not rude like Karl, but the premise of his question was just more Woodward book promotion.



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2 Replies to “Rude ABC reporter Jonathan Karl calls Trump liar, but he swallowed Bob Woodward’s lie whole”

  1. Jonathan Karl knew what he was doing. He gloried in his disrespect of the President. He will be a hero, have free dinners from his colleagues for his disgraceful question, be looked upon as speaking truth to power when it is really that he was seeking the “power of the soundbite.” So obvious nowadays.

    Did Karl ask Obama about keeping our policies and doctors in Obamacare? Jonathan Gruber said the American voters are so stupid they won’t ask questions about the Marxist healthcare program. This program messed up the economy for 8 million uninsured people.
    I think a different program could have been helpful if it was focused on just those 8 million people and didn’t try to change and mess with 20% of our economy.

    Then you have Sandra Smith and others on America’s Newsroom who totally paraphrased what Woodward recorded and introduced the subject with a totally inaccurate rendition of what President Trump actually said. They shouldn’t paraphrase his words or interpret them. Just quote him verbatim.

    I love how the President faced down these low life reporters and reminded them that if what he was doing was so bad, why did one of their own, the holier than though Woodward, keep it from the American public for so long? I think Woodward was “covering up” his need to scoop his fellow reporters by holding out on them so his book would sell better. Woodward and the gnomish Bernstein cannot go a day without referring to their glory days of “exposing Watergate.” From what we know now, if it had been a democrat in the White House at that time instead of a Republican, the story along with deep throat would have been buried. How many stories just like Watergate, where the principle characters were Democrats, never saw the light of day. Pelosi knows, and holds the power because she can ruin any number of Dems.

    Joe Morrisco
    Bedminster, NJ 07921

  2. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: if we didn’t have honest reporters like Frank Miele, Peter Schweitzer, Deroy Murdoch, Mollie Hemingway, Sean Davis, Brandon Tatum, Chadwick Moore (?), and their colleagues like Tom Fitton, fighting every single day to bring the truth to the surface, I would be so discouraged. Thank you for bringing us the stories we should be aware of.


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