We’re beginning to think that one of the requirements to being hired as a journalist for the Washington establishment media, in addition to being a Democrat Party loyalist, is that you must also be a hypocrite.

That would explain why a CNN reporter would, in one moment, criticize President Donald Trump for not wearing a mask during a briefing because ‘coronavirus’ only to be captured on video moments later ripping off her own.

In what many see as relentless virtue signaling along with an attempt to make a name for herself, CNN’s Kaitlin Collins has been getting into verbal back-and-forth with White House officials early and often during the coronavirus pandemic.

But she was busted on Saturday.

As a briefing ended and everyone assumed the cameras were off, the ‘correspondent’ jumped out of her chair and ripped her mask off, even as she moved closer to colleagues.

The video is a little difficult to see because the quality isn’t the best. But if you look in the center about 10-15 seconds after White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany ends the news conference, Collins stands up, front row-center, then begins to move off towards the right of the screen as she rips off her mask.

What’s galling is that she made a number of public comments, and has written stories, chastising President Donald Trump for not wearing a mask, even when it made no sense to do so:

On Monday, staffers were advised in a memo they would be required to wear a face covering when entering the West Wing, a person familiar said. The memo said face coverings would be available in the White House medical office and told staffers to follow social distancing guidelines.

Previously, masks were an uncommon sight at the White House, despite guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommending them in environments [where] social distancing is difficult.

Trump himself has said he cannot envision wearing a mask in public, and many of his aides take their direction from him. Nevertheless, the pair of staffers testing positive caused widespread concern among aides and led to new protocols meant to avoid further cases.

“The issue here is the rank hypocrisy and the fact that these reporters are obviously just playing for the cameras. There’s a reason Jim Acosta started wearing a mask after weeks of not doing so. He simply wanted to be able to go on air and bash Trump,” notes Red State.

“The politicization of mask usage has become of the dumbest aspects of this pandemic. We’ve got reporters doing live hits in masks outdoors while their crews are 10 feet away just so they can preen and attack others. But the moment the cameras go off, they drop the act.”

What’s more, there is simply no hard data proving that masks do anything to prevent the spread of the disease. Swedish media reported comments from the country’s top health official, Johan Carlson from the Swedish Public Health Agency Folkhälsomyndigheten, and its prime minister, Stefan Löfven, both of whom have downplayed mask usage.

“Face masks in public spaces do not provide any greater protection to the population,” Carlson said this week.

“There is a risk of a false sense of security, that you believe that you can’t be infected if you wear a face mask,” added Löfven.

And, as CNN’s reporter proved, it’s all really just about virtue signaling at this point.