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Kellyanne Conway Presses CBS Reporter At Center Of ‘Kung Flu’ Controversy For Details. Reporter Refuses To Answer.
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 30: White House Senior Counselor Kellyanne Conway speaks during a news briefing at the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House January 30, 2020 in Washington, DC. Trump Administration officials held a briefing to discuss the latest development of the opioid epidemic in the U.S.
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Senior White House Adviser Kellyanne Conway pressed CBS News reporter Weijia Jiang on Wednesday for details about a claim the reporter made earlier this week that has since generated media-driven controversy.

Jiang, who is a self-described “Chinese born West Virginian,” tweeted on Tuesday, “This morning a White House official referred to #Coronavirus as the ‘Kung-Flu’ to my face. Makes me wonder what they’re calling it behind my back.”

The claim, which Jiang has provided no evidence to substantiate, has generated controversy kicked up by the media at a time when the U.S. battles the outbreak of the coronavirus, which originated in China.

Jiang, who aggressively questioned President Donald Trump earlier in the week in a hostile manner, refused to provide any details on who supposedly made the remark to her when she was pressed this afternoon by Conway.


Online, more and more people, including leftists and members of the Obama administration, have begun calling on Jiang to release the name of the person, and others have gone even further, suggesting that she is lying and made it up.

Former Obama White House Cabinet Secretary Chris Lu tweeted: “Please name the official. They shouldn’t be able to claim this was off the record.”

Far-left gun control activist Fred Guttenberg tweeted: “Who was it @weijia? We need to put sunlight on those who would say these things. These people must be held accountable.”

TPUSA Chief Creative Officer Benny Johnson tweeted: “Name this person. Otherwise, you are a liar. You are using a moment when people are suffering to score cheap political points. You are the reason people hate the media.”

Attorney Harmeet Dhillon tweeted: “It’s been a day and you haven’t named the official. You are in the news business not the grievance business — either disclose the name or stop spreading propaganda.”

National Review columnist Dan McLaughlin tweeted: “There’s no source-protecting rationale for reporting this without naming names.”

Actor Nick Searcy tweeted: “Name or it didn’t happen.”

Political commentator Stephen Miller tweeted: “Conway isn’t the right messenger but the point is correct. A journalist doesn’t get to just throw this out there creating a 2 day news cycle without naming the WH Official.”

Netflix producer Krister Johnson tweeted: “You don’t have to protect that person’s identity. They don’t deserve it.”

MSNBC correspondent Garrett Haake tweeted: “Name names”

Anti-Trump commentator Bill Kristol tweeted: “I believe you. But shouldn’t you tell us his or her name?”

Podcast host Jesse Kelly mocked her, writing, “Ah yes. The anonymous ‘White House official’ has struck again. How long will this person remain in the shadows?!!!”

Republican strategist Arthur Schwartz tweeted: “Liar.”

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