These same people who love to position themselves as the warriors of the nation sure crumble at the delivery of stern words.
It is becoming increasingly obvious that the very worst thing that can possibly happen to a contemporary journalist — at least those working for the cable networks — is that someone dares insult their ego. This was a profession that once proudly reported from the frontlines of war, but these days we have seen them wither whenever anyone displays a reaction that falls short of fealty. Jim Acosta has reported on times at Trump rallies where people raised their voices like he was absorbing enemy fire on the streets of Damascus.
Today the CNN network entire has been in full bluster and ‘’how dare you’’ recoil mode — all because a poloitician dared to display contempt on camera for a reporter. This morning CNN minion Manu Raju was in the bowels of the Capitol where he attempted to get comments from GOP politicians about the upcoming impeachment proceedings. Arizona Senator Martha McSally had zero interest in speaking with this vaunted member of the press corps. But as bad of a public offense as that was, she dared make dismissive comments about Raju directly.
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
Note the undercurrent in his comment, that such an offensive act could in fact carry electoral implications for her in the future. McSally it can be said was not exactly shaken to her timbers with this expose from Raju — she responded by posting a video of their exchange, displaying exactly what he reported.
— Martha McSally (@SenMcSallyAZ) January 16, 2020
Beautiful. And, it went out live on the air.
You got owned. pic.twitter.com/hePzXr1jDt
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) January 16, 2020
Not long after McSally’s response CNN colleague Josh Rogin weighed, clearly finding offense with a sitting Senator daring to be so rude to a member of the Electronic Media Corps Of Journalistic Engineers.
This is an insult to the ideals and integrity of the Senate seat she inherited from John McCain. https://t.co/slxbk7p8Qz
— Josh Rogin (@joshrogin) January 16, 2020
Raju has his Twitter profile pic changed to one with he and Sen. John McCain, a not-at-all subtle dig at McSally, who was the Senator to fill McCain’s seat following his recent passing. This was a signal throughout the network, apparently. Jake Tapper went on the offensive, running to tattle on McSally to the McCain family, asking for a comment.
Given that McSally was appointed to serve our the remainder of Sen John McCain’s term, I asked a member of the family for thoughts on McSally’s comments today.
The response was “There’s no love lost between our family and her.” https://t.co/PvbWFdATCM
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 16, 2020
Later in the day media Expert At Arms, Brian Stelter announced that CNN’s PR division was issuing a statement condemning Sen. McSally’s comments. No, seriously — they did exactly that.
"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
I mean…where to begin?? How about that this is the network that had the porn lawyer to the porn stars, Michael Avanatti, on air over 100 times in a calendar year, lecturing now on what is ‘’unbecoming’’.
How about this, CNN — Is it considered unbecoming by you that Maanu Raju’s question was essentially a direct talking point of the Democrats this week? Is Josh Rogan at all concerned Raaju’s question was ‘’an insult to the ideals and integrity’’ of journalism, since he clearly ‘’inherited’’ the question directly from the Democrats?
What is most revealing is that this day-long level of scorn was only directed at one party. Think about this reaction; if any politician has this kind of dismissive and rude language directed at the media, surely they would be taken to task in equal fashion, correct? Not really. If it were, say a Democrat, there would possibly be the chance it were excused away. And if it was the Speaker of the House doing so, well…ignoring it outright would be the course of action.
Any comment on this? https://t.co/ZDFfb6eOwQ
— Matt Wolking (Text TRUMP to 88022) (@MattWolking) January 16, 2020
As for McCain and his peaceable relationship with reporters — well, you would expect the journalists over at CNN to be able to track down the truth behind that claim.
John McCain regularly insulted reporters. And staffers (yours truly included). And other senators. And House members. It was one of my absolute favorite things about him — no holds barred ever. Stop trying to rewrite history. https://t.co/RxCPUzvrZo
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) January 16, 2020
Or, why not let the man himself explain his thoughts. Here’s a video of the late Senator McCain, with words just a touch saltier than those from McSally which have an entire network collapsed on a fainting couch.
This John McCain? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/f8Nbz1A3Dz
— ✨💕🦋💕✨ (@ilyanaLanai) January 16, 2020