Left-Wing News Anchor Spars With Press Sec Over ‘Inflation Reduction Act,’ Calls It ‘Orwellian’

ABC News anchor Jonathan Karl got into a tense argument with White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre over the so-called “Inflation Reduction Act,” with the left-wing news anchor questioning whether it would actually reduce inflation.

During an appearance on “This Week” on Sunday, the White House press secretary praised the legislation, which passed in the House of Representatives on Friday and is expected to be signed by President Joe Biden sometime this week.

Karl pushed back on Jean-Pierre’s celebration of the legislation’s passing — pointing out that, despite the bill’s name, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office states that it would have a minimal impact on inflation.

“Inflation has been a number one priority for this president, lowering costs has been a number one priority for this president,” the press secretary claimed. “If you look… what Democrats in Congress did with this Inflation Reduction Act, the work of this president… you see that anti-inflation bill, you see that it’s going to lower costs for Americans.”

The ABC News anchor took issue with the way Jean-Pierre tried to frame the Democrats’ bill, pointing to the report from the CBO, contrasting it with the name of the bill, and asking the press secretary if the way the language was being used was “almost Orwellian.”

“But let me ask you, it’s called the ‘Inflation Reduction Act,’ but the Congressional Budget Office, which is nonpartisan, said that there would be a negligible impact on inflation this year and barely impact inflation at all next year, isn’t it almost Orwellian?” Karl asked. “How can you call it inflation reduction when the nonpartisan experts say it’s not gonna bring inflation down?”

In replying to the ABC News anchor’s questions, Jean-Pierre attempted to deflect, while also suggesting that the CBO’s analysis was incorrect.

“I appreciate the question. We’ve actually addressed this with the CBO,” she responded. “It was the top line number; there’s more in there that shows it will have the money from– remember how we’re doing this, too, it’s making sure that billionaires in corporate America are paying their fair share, making sure that the tax code is a little bit more fair, and so when you do that, put it in its totality, you will see that it will bring down, lower the deficit, which will help fight inflation.”

“Look, here’s the thing,” Jean-Pierre added. “We have 126 economists, both Republicans, both Democrats who have said it’s going to fight inflation, five former secretaries of treasury–”

“So you disagree with the assessment of the CBO?” Karl pressed.

“Well, there’s more to it than that,” she replied, continuing to deflect from actually answering the question. “It was just the way that Republicans did that was so that [they] could make an argument that is false. It is going to fight inflation, it has been proven and said by economists across the board, on the Republican side and the Democrat side.”