Can you believe that the Media(D) would treat two politicians completely differently simply because of their party affiliation?
I’m not surprised, either.
On Thursday morning, Manu Raju, CNN’s Senior Congressional Correspondent, caught up with Senator Martha McSally(R-AZ) in a hallway and asked if she would be willing to consider new evidence in the Senate impeachment trial. McSally wasn’t having it. She called Raju a “liberal hack” and refused to speak to him.
Reminder: Manu Raju contributed to the following articles at the height of the “Russian Collusion” madness.
Sen. Martha McSally, a Republican facing a difficult election race, lashed out when I asked if she would consider new evidence as part of the Senate trial. “You’re a liberal hack – I’m not talking to you. You’re a liberal hack.” She then walked into a hearing room.
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 16, 2020
Q: Senator McSally, should the Senate consider new evidence as part of the impeachment trial?
McSally: You’re a liberal hack I’m not talking to you
Manu- You’re not going to comment about this?
McSally: You're a liberal hack. pic.twitter.com/IW5pCfZ6Oa
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) January 16, 2020
— Martha McSally (@SenMcSallyAZ) January 16, 2020
The Media(D) converged to defend one of their own.
First up, CNN reporters jump to Raju’s defense.
The question was perfectly reasonable and topical, politely asked, and Manu is respected on the Hill by Democrats and Republicans. https://t.co/efAawOfneO
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 16, 2020
"It is extremely unbecoming for a U.S. Senator to sink to this level and treat a member of the press this way for simply doing his job."
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) January 16, 2020
Am I only watching this who thought McSally sounded rehearsed in delivering this?https://t.co/y4D2RVmen6
— andrew kaczynski🤔 (@KFILE) January 16, 2020
Remember when Martha McSally was hailed as a bipartisan hero when she curled up with her adorable golden retriever to concede in 2018? Now she is a snarling Trumpist. @manuraju is incredibly fair. She had no business insulting him that way. https://t.co/VA6undzbEK
— Joan Walsh (@joanwalsh) January 16, 2020
— Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey) January 16, 2020
Wolf Blitzer spoke to Raju about it on his show, The Situation Room:
The rest of the leftwing Media(D) were quick to follow suit.
Seth Abramson of Newsweek implied that the comment meant that McSally is not the moderate that she was billed to be.
Martha McSally, everyone: an endangered GOP "moderate" who is "persuadable" https://t.co/eGJqkNFyjO
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) January 16, 2020
Speaking of the Washington Post, Greg Sargent, called the little altercation a “vile little performance.”
In a perverse way, it’s fitting that this episode is going viral at exactly the moment when President Trump’s impeachment trial is getting underway — that is, when Trump’s defenders in the Senate are set to put on a great show of pretending to give serious consideration to the case against Trump, before voting to acquit him.
McSally’s vile little performance puts the lie to that notion as effectively as anything possibly could.
What happened is that CNN’s Manu Raju, a hard-working reporter, dared to ask McSally whether new information surfacing about the conduct for which Trump has been impeached should lead GOP senators to admit new evidence at his impeachment trial.
McSally snidely brushed off the question and called Raju a “liberal hack.” Raju then tweeted a neutral description of what had happened.
Source: Washington Post
WaPo’s “media watchdog” Erik Wemple (of Tucker Carlson’s Final Exam trophy mug fame) claimed that McSally’s comments were “chilling.”
— ErikWemple (@ErikWemple) January 16, 2020
MSNBC’s justice and security analyst called McSally a “Trump clone” just like all of the other Republicans.
They are all Trump clones now. https://t.co/tuwxrAtpC4
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) January 16, 2020
Hillary-friendly NY Times journo, Maggie Haberman, pointed out that Trump-supporters loved it.
And here is McSally’s reward,’for those wondering why she did it > https://t.co/t7SCaonHuJ
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 16, 2020
Haberman would also be one of those folks shouting “Slay Queen!” if it had been a Democrat calling Peter Doocy of Fox News a “Faux News hack.”
Matthew Chapman of Raw Story is urging people to not vote for McSally.
What an embarrassment for a United States Senator to behave this way.
— Matthew Chapman (@fawfulfan) January 16, 2020
Eric Boehlert whose Twitter bio reads, “Author. Daily Kos. former staffer at Media Matters. Salon, Rolling Stone and Billboard” also suggests that McSally deserves to be defeated for being rude to a reporter.
how many people in US history have only served as US Senator for 2 yrs?
McSally's going to join that very small club https://t.co/Rcixa1sLyp
— Eric Boehlert (@EricBoehlert) January 16, 2020
— Alan He (@alanhe) January 16, 2020
CBS News reporter Melissa Quinn posted a card that has been given to Senators with some suggested phrases to help with pushy reporters.
— Melissa Quinn (@MelissaQuinn97) January 16, 2020
As Mollie Hemmingway pointed out, Raju was the lead reporter in CNN’s “Russian Collusion” Fake News debacle by publishing a story stating that Don Jr. was sent an email on September 4 about a WikiLeaks document dump that was made public on September 13, but CNN got the date wrong. The email to Don Jr. was sent on September 14, the day after the WikiLeaks documents were made public.
Last year, Manu Raju was doing the same schtick, trying to get a comment from a member of Congress. That time it was Rep. Ilhan Omar(D-MN) and she looked at him with incredulity and asked, “What is wrong with you?”
Here's Ilhan Omar just last year "lashing out" at the same CNN reporter that Sen. McSally called a "liberal hack" this morning.
Remember all the media outrage?
Oh, that’s right. There was none. pic.twitter.com/GzZEEiPja2
— The First (@TheFirstonTV) January 16, 2020
Weird, no Media(D) outrage for that one.
But those on the right have a very different take on the incident.
I will say this about Manu: He's deserving of far more credit than McSally gives him here. I think ppl are overreacting about 'being attacked' or whatever, but Manu is one of the very rare journos who confronts Ilhan Omar, on camera, on the record–far more spine than most.
— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) January 16, 2020
To the liberals outraged that McSally would call a CNN reporter a "liberal hack," how would you react if Fox News sent a reporter to ask Ilhan Omar questions in the halls of Congress and she roasted them for being partisan?
I bet you'd be screaming "SLAY QWEEN!"
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) January 16, 2020
I don’t recall many of these journalists calling out Senator Bob “I Swear I Thought She Was 18” Menendez(D-NJ) for his much worse behavior towards a Daily Caller reporter asking about the Green New Deal. In case you missed that moment that got buried by the Media(D) gatekeepers, Sen. Menendez threatened to call the police on Henry Rodgers, a Daily Caller intern.
What’s this? Not one but two controversial Democrats treating the press badly and their comrades don’t come rushing to their defense?
Don’t forget that a Canadian reporter queried three members of the Squad about the Antifa protester firebombing of an ICE facility in Washington and they were rather rude. No one in the partisan press called them out for that.
But then, is anyone really surprised at any Media(D) bias anymore?