Alex Salvi, the anchor of “After Hours” on One America News Network (OANN), reported that “the White House is taking the temperatures of people before entry to press briefings.”
“A journalist was denied entry after their temperature was above the CDC guidelines of 100.4 degrees,” Salvi continued.
“They were checked 3 times over span of 15 minutes; all came back high.”
White House press secretary Katie Miller as well as CNN’s Shimon Prokupecz corroborated this report.
“According to the White House Medical Unit, the temperature was taken three times over a 15 minute period — all three registered above the @CDCgov 100.4 guidelines,” Miller said.
— Mom Mary Mangoz (@MMangoz) March 14, 2020
CNN’s Prokupecz added, “CNN White House Team: A journalist was denied entry into the press briefing after having a 99.9 fever. He was trying to get access to the briefing and was turned away and is being held by the press office on the White House driveway.”
The unnamed journalist reportedly works for the outlet CGTN, which is a Chinese-owned English language channel.
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This is the journalist turned away from the White House press briefing for having a fever.
He’s from the outlet CGTN—an English language channel that is Chinese owned. pic.twitter.com/lyEbWTU5qn
— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) March 14, 2020
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Nathan King, who also works with CGTN in Washington DC and reports on China-US Foreign Policy, confirmed with his colleagues that the denied journalist was from CGTN.
King claimed that “Twitter has taken over but I’ve checked this out with colleagues.”
“His temperature was higher, though not in the fever range, because he was running to make the briefing,” King added.
“I have been informed his recent temperature readings at home were 96.8 and 96.5. Thanks all,” King concluded.
Temp taking guy should be wearing a mask and gloves, no?
— KathyO'Scoopie 🍀 (@oscoopie) March 14, 2020
However, Salvi points out that this information “directly contradicts the events laid out by the White House. There were 3 recordings over the span of 15 minutes, all over 100.4.”
Let’s pray for him & send positive thought to him & those ppl he is close!
— Virgie (@turnvirg6) March 14, 2020
Here were some of the trending responses on social media to the news:
It’s actually owned by the government of China.
— Chris Chambers (@CDChambers62) March 14, 2020
CGTN is not only Chinese-owned, but also Chinese Communist Party-owned. It is a branch of the Chinese Central TV, the mouth piece of the Chinese communist government. It is one of the 5 Chinese state-run media recently named as foreign missions!
— Eugene Rui (@eugene_sandiego) March 14, 2020
Do you think he was sent in to intentionally infect people? 😐
— Rick Owen (@reowen0708) March 14, 2020