Conservative media personalities are distorting a TV appearance by PBS NewsHour White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor to accuse her of giving a fawning comparison of President-elect Joe Biden’s recently announced national security cabinet picks to a superhero team. In fact, Alcindor was clearly describing these attitudes as she heard coming from Democrats and Biden supporters.
Right-wing commentator Tom Elliott posted a tweet with an embedded video of the exchange, writing: “PBS's @Yamiche: Biden's cabinet picks was like ‘The Avengers.’”
The video however, showed Alcindor commenting, “I was talking to a Democrat, who just said … it felt like The Avengers.” When Media Matters’ Parker Molloy called Elliott out for his disingenuous attribution, he responded “She’s quoting someone because she agrees, as her next sentence makes clear.” But the next sentence just clarified that Alcindor was explaining what the Democrat who spoke with her meant by the comparison.
Multiple other right-wing personalities picked up Elliott’s tweet, often verging into sordid attacks against Alcindor. Podcaster Stephen L. Miller said, “Yamiche Alcindor is not a journalist.” New York Post columnist Karol Markowicz accused Alcindor of “fangirling” and declared that “obviously tax dollars shouldn’t fund any of this.” Townhall.com columnist Kurt Schlichter tweeted, “The establishment is full of stupid and unaccomplished people.”
The right-wing Media Research Center’s Dan Gainor said the video was “another example of why we need to #DefundPBS.” Meanwhile, the MRC official account offered up the line: “Not Black Panther, Black Pander.”