ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl is on the case.
Karl posted a series of pictures on Twitter calling out Fox News’ White House correspondent John Roberts for not wearing a face mask at an outdoor Rose Garden press conference.
“Almost everybody in the Rose Garden is wearing a mask—almost everybody,” he posted on Twitter.
Karl’s decision to call out Roberts is akin to the trend across the U.S. where neighbors report on neighbors for disobeying social distancing rules. The passive-aggressive move did not sit well with Roberts.
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“Facts- I was quietly seated more than 6’ away from the closest person (adhering to CDC social distancing guidelines)- When the press conference began, I put mask on. So- what, exactly is the basis for this petty effort at shaming????”
Sara Carter, the host of the “Sara Carter Podcast,” took to Twitter to tell Karl that he would fit in perfectly with the “old Soviet System.”
The coronavirus is highly contagious and masks have been growing in popularity. Some cities require masks in public places to help reduce the spread of the virus. There have been new coronavirus cases inside the White House and staffers there have been told to wear them.
A source told NBC News that staffers were asked not to visit the West Wing unless it was necessary.
Trump’s physician and White House staff “continue to work closely to ensure every precaution is taken to keep the President, First Family and the entire White House Complex safe and healthy at all times,” White House spokesman told CNBC in a statement Friday.
The Centers of Disease Control and Prevention recommends “wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.”
The Monday press conference included tense exchanges between President Trump and reporters.
Karl told the Hill in an email that it was an “extraordinary scene” seeing reporters all wearing face masks.
“It was an extraordinary scene. I wasn’t shaming anybody. I simply tweeted four photos showing just about everybody wearing a mask in the Rose Garden — something we have never seen before,” Karl wrote in an email.