Mainstream media is pushing back against Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe over his false statements regarding COVID-19 statistics in his state.
The Washington Post specifically took McAuliffe to task over his inflated numbers.
“The pandemic will continue to be a serious policy challenge for the next Virginia governor but there’s no reason for McAuliffe to hype the numbers. He earns Four Pinocchios,” wrote The Post’s fact-checker, Glenn Kessler.
“He offers wildly inflated figures for child hospitalizations, suggesting again that these were daily figures and claiming twice that these many children were in ICUs. Instead, he appears to be citing a figure for all of the children hospitalized with covid-19 in Virginia over the past 19 months — which is still inflated,” he added.
“When we first queried the McAuliffe campaign about his figures, we were told it was a slip of the tongue. Okay, we understand that, and so we passed on a fact check. But then his tongue kept slipping,” Kessler noted.
Fox News opinion editor Cameron Cawthorne noted McAuliffe had several chances before The Post pushed back on his false claims.
McAuliffe received 4 Pinocchios from WaPo for continuously inflating coronavirus numbers, but look how many chances WaPo’s endorsed candidate got before the fact check was published. pic.twitter.com/Xv8kLjGEof
— Cameron Cawthorne (@Cam_Cawthorne) October 26, 2021
McAuliffe is pushing hard to gain reelection, but his COVID-19 false facts may backfire on him in the process. Even mainstream media outlets are now turning on him, a bad sign in the final days leading up to the election.