The news outlet USA Today has written a so called ”fact check” that contains complete lies about me and my reporting. It is frankly libel. It is time to correct the record and EXPOSE this fake news.
The article in question is about Delta airlines and vaccine mandates, something I posted about on Twitter. Delta airlines CEO had appeared on Fox and talked about how they were against the ”divisiveness of a mandate”.
One of the most funny things about the USA Today fact check is that if you read their article, they do in fact admit my reporting was correct. Yet the come to the conclusion anyway that my post was "false". Continue reading below to see how they have lied about me.
I originally reported this on Twitter:
This tweet is 100% factually correct, and is based of the statements made by the CEO of Delta to Fox Business where he says that Delta has not implemented a vaccine mandate on it's employees.
"By the time we’re done, we’ll be pretty close to fully vaccinated as a company without going through all the divisiveness of a mandate," he said. "We’re proving that you can work collaboratively with your people, trusting your people to make the right decisions, respecting their decisions and not forcing them over the loss of their jobs." the CEO of Delta, Ed Bastian said.
Now, it is correct that Delta have not imposed a vaccine mandate, just as I reported. However, I found out that Delta are requiring unvaccinated employees to pay $200 extra per month to stay on the company health plan, and the CEO also revealed in a later interview that all newly hired employees are required to be vaccinated.
So while Delta technically doesn't have a vaccine mandate, I found out that they morally do have a vaccine mandate. I therefore deleted the tweet the same day it was posted because I did not want to spread information from the CEO of Delta that he likely only said to appeal to the viewers of Fox. In other words, he was using clever semantics to appeal to the viewers and I did not want to spread his clever semantics. And this was confirmed to be correct as several days later, the CEO of Delta appeared in another interview where he said he actually wasn't against vaccine mandates after all.
The way USA Today writes their article gives the impression that I only deleted my tweet after they contacted me about them writing the article. This is false, as I had deleted the tweet many days prior. In fact, weeks prior to when USA Today contacted me, see picture below.
The funny thing about the USA Today "fact check" is that they do admit my reporting was in fact factually correct according to what the CEO of Delta had said originally, that he was against the federal mandate yet they somehow come to the conclusion that my tweet was "false". See screenshot of their article below.
As you can see, the CEO of Delta had indeed said he was against a federal mandate which means my original reporting was correct.
However, in a later date, several days after my original tweet was posted the CEO of Delta said in another interview he was not against vaccine mandates, something USA Today uses to try and claim my reporting was "false".
That is not something I can take responsibility for. If the CEO of Delta first comes out and says in an interview that he is against vaccine mandates, and I report on that, but he later goes on another interview where he says he is not against vaccine mandates, that is not my fault and does not mean my original reporting on his first comments is false.
It simply means the CEO of Delta said two different contradictory things on two different interviews.
For USA Today to use that to claim my reporting was "false", is not only dishonest journalism, it is downright libel and disinformation.
The fact of the matter is, my original reporting was correct based on what the CEO of Delta said on Fox.
Further, USA Today claims that what I said about the Southwest airlines pilot strike is "false", claiming that Southwest pilots did in fact not go on a strike and that cancellations were because of "bad weather".
Southwest airlines experienced massive flight cancellations, with over 25% of flights cancelled at one point.
2000 Southwest flights were cancelled and it has been widely reported that Southwest employees have been protesting against mandates. USA Today claims the flight cancellations were caused due to poor weather and air traffic control issues.
In other words, USA Today does bad journalism and merely goes by what the company Southwest airlines claims instead of doing actual journalistic research.
If you had looked at the actual facts, you would see that other airlines were seemingly unaffected by this mysterious "bad weather" that USA Today talks about.
And CNN reported that the Federal Aviation Administration said there "had been no air traffic related cancellations since Friday. The agency said that airlines are experiencing delays because of aircraft and crew being out of place".
So even the FAA contradicted the narrative that USA Today is claiming regarding air traffic control issues.
Again, my original reporting comes out as 100% factually correct and USA Today are proven to be spreading factually false information.
But the lies doesn't stop there! USA Today has more outright fabrications about me. They claim that I talked about Southwest "stopped following the vaccine mandate". This is completely false.
I encourage you to go back and read what my original tweet said. No where did I say anything about Southwest airlines having "stopped following the vaccine mandate".
In fact, I never talked about Southwest and their enforcement surrounding a vaccine mandate. I merely talked about Southwest pilots going on strike.
This claim is an outright lie and libel by USA Today and just goes to show how unreliable and misleading their whole article is.
Articles like these is why people are loosing trust in the mainstream media.
The USA Today article is FALSE and defamatory.