McEnany said, “There was no coverage, however, of Swalwell being the one implicated with not Russia, but China. In fact, the New York Times website, as of this morning, had not one result for Eric Swalwell’s ties to Chinese spies. Not one result. And when the Swalwell story broke, guess how many minutes of coverage it got on ABC, NBC, MSNBC and CBS? Zero. CNN devoted three minutes and 16 seconds to it. However, it was covered on Fox.”
McEnany continued by bringing up the supposed Hunter Biden scandal which was broke by the New York Post but was considered dubious but many other news outlets. She said, “Interesting pre-election and post-election coverage too on the Hunter Biden scandal which was not covered at all by many outlets in the lead-up to the election.”
She added, "On October 15, you had a New York Times headline that said, ‘Trump said to be warned that he was being given Russian disinformation over Hunter Biden.Now, December 10, just a few months later, your Times headline is ‘Investigation of Hunter Biden is likely to hang over Biden as he takes office. Really interesting turn of events and good for those who covered what was the story all along and not Russian disinformation.”
At this point, McEnany began to be heckled by CNN’s Jim Acosta who asked the press secretary, “Isn’t it hypocritical for you to accuse others of disinformation when you spread it every day?”
On that note, McEnany stormed out of the briefing without even bringing it to a conclusion and didn’t return.
.@Acosta to Press Sec. McEnany: "Isn't it hypocritical for you to accuse others of disinformation when you spread i… https://t.co/ECrVQJEK8R
Acosta later fact-checked McEnany on Twitter. He shared a clip from earlier in the briefing where she was asked about the president’s thoughts on the incoming Biden-Harris administration to which she said, “he has taken all statutory requirements necessary to either ensure a smooth transition or a continuation of power. ” Acosta pointed out that this was another form of ‘disinformation.’
Fact check: There won't be a "continuation of power." That's disinformation @PressSec https://t.co/I0FGayFwcH
McEnany has yet to offer a response to Acosta or an explanation as to why she walked out of the briefing but it will most likely be seen as just another controversy from an ever-growing list since she took the job in April.