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White House Comms Director Caught Red Handed In Flagrant Lie

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ABC White House correspondent Jonathan Karl caught White House communications director Alyssa Farah in a lie — and laid out his evidence on Twitter.

The exchange began with Karl, who claimed in a Sunday morning tweet that the White House had refused to “allow any of the medical experts on the president’s own coronavirus task force” to appear on “This Week” to discuss the continued spread of the pandemic. (RELATED: ‘Freaked Them Out’: Jonathan Karl Says Trump Diagnosis Has White House ‘Really, Really Rattled’)

.@jonkarl: “(Dr. Fauci) was more than willing to join us, but the White House wouldn’t allow you to hear from the nation’s leading expert on coronavirus. In fact, they wouldn’t allow any of the medical experts on the president’s own coronavirus task force to appear on this show.” pic.twitter.com/qi9diTBQeb

— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) October 11, 2020

Karl then doubled down, again saying that the White House would not allow any members of the task force to appear on the show and adding, “Quite remarkable that they would muzzle the health experts in the middle of a pandemic.”

The White House would not allow Dr. Fauci to speak this morning. In fact, the White House press office would not allow anyone on the President’s task force to be interviewed. Quite remarkable that they would muzzle the health experts in the middle of a pandemic https://t.co/dklZmbWvd7

— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) October 11, 2020

Farah responded, saying that Dr. Anthony Fauci had made multiple appearances in recent days, and claiming that Karl had not requested any of the other task force members. (RELATED: ‘She’s Not Some Distressed Damsel’: White House Denies CNN’s Report That Dr. Birx Is ‘Unhappy’)

“FALSE. 1) Dr Fauci has been doing media all week – appearing on PBS Newshour & NBC’s Andrea Mitchell 3 days ago. 2) not getting your desired guest does not = the WH trying to “muzzle” anyone. This narrative is tired. 3) @jonkarl didn’t request any other member of the task force,” Farah tweeted.

FALSE. 1) Dr Fauci has been doing media all week – appearing on PBS Newshour & NBC’s Andrea Mitchell

3 days ago. 2) not getting your desired guest does not = the WH trying to “muzzle” anyone. This narrative is tired. 3) @jonkarl didn’t request any other member of the task force. https://t.co/C6UZciVO26

— Alyssa Farah (@Alyssafarah) October 11, 2020

Karl responded by sending a screenshot of an email, addressed to Farah and dated October 9, in which Karl requested Dr. Deborah Birx, Admiral Brett Giroir, Dr. Sean Conley or Vice President Mike Pence if Fauci were not available.

The truth matters. The requests for Dr. Fauci and the other members of the task force were made directly to you — multiple times. In this email, for example: https://t.co/fL6U1u1JNB pic.twitter.com/PQRr1DgG4t

— Jonathan Karl (@jonkarl) October 11, 2020

“The truth matters. The requests for Dr. Fauci and the other members of the task force were made directly to you — multiple times. In this email, for example,” Karl said.

Farah did not respond to the screenshot but continued to argue that Fauci had not been “muzzled” by the White House, sharing a list of his recent media appearances.

Dr. Fauci has sure been on a lot of TV this week for someone being “muzzled” by @WhiteHouse.

CNN new day

CNN cuomo

MSNBC Andrea Mitchell

PBS Newshour

AP multimedia interview

CBS News Radio

Cc: @jonkarl https://t.co/C6UZciVO26

— Alyssa Farah (@Alyssafarah) October 11, 2020