NYT reporter justifies Obama’s maskless birthday party because only ‘a sophisticated, vaccinated crowd’ was invited

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A New York Times reporter attempting to justify former President Barack H. Obama’s lavish and non-COVID-conscious party at Martha’s Vineyard drew fire from many readers, including journalist Glenn Greenwald.

NYT White House Correspondent Annie Karni was seemingly dismissive of the controversy surrounding the birthday bash, which had many of high society in attendance and unmasked.

Karni used the term “sophisticated” to describe the crowd, adding that all guests were “following all the safety precautions.”

Needless to say, journalist Glenn Greenwald questioned Karni’s methods and tone.

“A NYT reporter on CNN justifying Obama’s huge maskless birthday bash because he only invited ‘a sophisticated, vaccinated crowd’ is about as emblematic of liberal discourse as it gets,” Greenwald tweeted. “What happened to all the concerns about vaccinated people passing Delta to the unvaccinated?”

Others simply mocked Karni on Twitter, a form of dissent that has become something of an American pastime.

“Someone really should inform Annie Karni what certain parts of Hollywood thinks of vaccines,” The Spectator contributor Stephen L. Miller tweeted.

“Of course viruses don’t attack sophisticated people, Muffy!” attorney Harmeet K. Dhillon added sarcastically.

While Karni attempted to clarify that it was someone else, who described the party as “sophisticated,” the damage was done.

“Watch the full clip,” Karni tweeted. “The Q was, what do people on the island think of the party? The A was me summarizing views of ppl I spoke with: some are upset, + others think the concerns about it are overblown. ‘Sophisticated crowd’ was from a quote in the story.”

The party, originally designed for 500 guests, was scaled down to a list of distinguished persons and friends of the Obamas.

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