WH’s lame Afghanistan spin, a Fed boss in denial and more


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Diary of disturbing disinformation and dangerous delusions

This claim:

“Nations like China and Russia took a look at what we did in Afghanistan . . . [and] had to marvel at the speed, the efficiency . . . ”

— Biden spokesman John Kirby, Wednesday

We say: Does the White House really think folks will fall for that lame response to a Pentagon report slamming Team Biden’s Afghanistan withdrawal? The Pentagon believes China used the debacle in its propaganda to “erode” US influence, cast doubt on US-backed “security partnerships” and suggest the US is a “declining power.” Indeed, Russian President Vladimir Putin likely saw it as proof of US weakness, emboldening him to invade Ukraine.

This excuse:

“No one expected inflation to be this strong and this persistent.”

— Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, Wednesday

Chair of the US Federal Reserve Jerome Powell claimed that “no one” expected inflation to be as persistent as it has been.
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We say: Uh, no one except Clinton Treasury secretary and Obama economist Larry Summers, who warned that the Democrats’ $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan could ignite “inflationary pressures of a kind we have not seen in a generation.” And Jason Furman, another Obama economist who likewise predicted fierce inflation. And experts like Steve Rattner, Olivier Blanchard and others — plus nearly everyone on the right. Actually, the main ones in denial were President Biden, congressional Dems and people at the Fed like . . . Powell.

This comment:

“I don’t think we [at CNN] ever were liberal.”

— CNN anchor Don Lemon, Monday

We say: Is he kidding? Lemon was answering TV host Stephen Colbert’s question about whether CNN, under new boss Chris Licht, would be “liberal anymore” — showing that Colbert (like anyone else who’s ever watched CNN) knows the network’s on the left. Indeed, Allsides Media Bias gives CNN its left-most rating (Fox gets its right-most rank). Other rating groups, and polls of viewers, have done likewise.

This response:

“[President Biden has] been to the border.”

— WH Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, Wednesday

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that President Biden has been to the border — despite there being no record of the trip taking place.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said that President Biden has been to the border — despite there being no record of the trip taking place.

We say: Asked if Biden will take up Rep. Kevin McCarthy’s invitation to tour the border, Jean-Pierre apparently just made up an answer, claiming the prez has already been there. Except the White House has no record of that. Nor did he visit as vice president.

— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board

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