A reporter for the New York Times received backlash on social media after making a comment on another network that critics said dismissed concerns about former President Obama’s maskless birthday party this weekend -end.
New York Times White House correspondent Annie Karni discussed the controversy surrounding Obama’s much-criticized Martha’s Vineyard celebration, where he was seen without a mask and used the term “sophisticated” crowd, claiming that the guests “followed all safety precautions”.
The clip sparked outrage on social media, including from journalist Glenn Greenwald who wondered aloud why more people weren’t concerned about the spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus on Obama’s party. .
“NYT reporter on CNN justifying Obama’s huge maskless birthday party because he only invited ‘a sophisticated, vaccinated crowd’ is about as emblematic of liberal discourse as it gets,” Greenwald tweeted. “What happened to all the worries about vaccinated people passing Delta to the unvaccinated?” “
“Of course viruses don’t attack sophisticated people, Muffy! lawyer Harmeet K. Dhillon tweeted.
“Someone really should let Annie Karni know what parts of Hollywood think about vaccines,” tweeted Stephen L. Miller, contributor to The Spectator.
Karni attempted to clarify the clip by saying that the word “sophisticated” was a direct quote from one of the residents she spoke to and was simply conveying the beliefs of some people on the island.
“Watch the full clip,” Karni tweeted. “The Q was: what do the inhabitants of the party island think? The A for me summarized the opinions of the people I spoke with: some are upset, + others think the concerns about this are overblown. “Sophisticated Crowd” was taken from a quote from the story. “
Obama had said his party, which was originally supposed to entertain more than 500 people, had been “downsized” due to the spread of the delta variant. However, the president was widely shared on social media after images of the party surfaced, showing a massive tent and photos of attendees without masks.