Many in the mainstream media have spent the past several months acting as if they were members of a de facto mask police force, often shaming President Donald Trump and his associates every time they were spotted without a face covering during the Coronavirus pandemic.
The president tweeted a video clip on Tuesday that clearly depicts Stahl smiling and chatting with several people who were donning masks, not to mention she was merely inches away from them, meaning she also ignored the six-feet social distancing guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control.
“Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes not wearing a mask in the White House after her interview with me. Much more to come,” Trump tweeted.
Lesley Stahl of 60 Minutes not wearing a mask in the White House after her interview with me. Much more to come. pic.twitter.com/0plZG6a4fH
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 20, 2020
The “much more to come” comment from the president reportedly involves a dust-up during the interview that is being reported by CNN as a moment when Trump “abruptly” walked off the set of the “60 Minutes” interview, with additional allegations from anonymous sources that said the reason for his walk-off was because he was upset at the Coronavirus-heavy line of questioning.
White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows disputed reports that the president walked off the set out of anger and explained that Trump had already given Stahl 45 minutes of content, which he believed was enough.
Stahl’s maskless moment comes in the wake of several other incidents showing members of the left-leaning media not wearing masks, including a situation recently in which CNN’s Kaitlin Collins — who has repeatedly shamed the president for not wearing a mask — was caught on camera whipping her mask off in the White House press briefing room the moment that the cameras went dark.
It might be wishful thinking, but perhaps now that the anti-Trumpers in the mainstream media understand that the other side is willing to play the same “gotcha” game by shaming maskless reporters, they’ll get back to covering actual news that matters to the American public.