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Media Mostly Silent After Biden’s Rapid Response Director Calls Reporter Catherine Herridge a ‘Rightwing Hack’

Media Mostly Silent After Biden’s Rapid Response Director Calls Reporter Catherine Herridge a ‘Rightwing Hack’

The same media figures who rush to defend journalists after interactions with President Trump have been silent after Joe Biden’s rapid response director accused Herridge of being a “partisan, rightwing hack.” Why?

On Wednesday, CBS News senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge shared the bombshell news about acting DNI Richard Grenell’s notification to Congress of the declassified “unmasking list.” The list proved that some very high-level Obama administration officials, including then-Vice President Joe Biden and President Obama’s Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, “submitted requests to the National Security Agency at any point between 8 November 2016 and 31 January 2017, to unmask the identity of former National Security Advisor” Michael Flynn.

Predictably, Biden campaign surrogates and staffers went into attack mode – not just against President Trump and Grenell, but Herridge, too.

Biden senior campaign advisor Symone Sanders latched on to a tweet from panicked former Obama administration official Tommy Vietor. She agreed that the real issue here was that reporters like Herridge “fall for” alleged “revenge” tactics like these from the Trump administration, which Sanders believes distracts the liberal media from focusing on bashing Trump’s handling of the Wuhan Coronavirus outbreak:

Joe Biden’s director of rapid response, Andrew Bates, went much, much further, claiming Herridge was a “partisan, rightwing hack” and a “regular conduit for conservative media manipulation ploys.”

Bates deleted the tweet, but the Internet is forever:

Though Bates did delete the tweet, he did not apologize for it. He also left up a retweet of a comment a Democratic strategist made agreeing with his attack on Herridge:

Bates’s attempt at intimidating and bullying a respected journalist came about a week and a half after Biden himself posted a short Twitter thread defending the freedom of the press, and talking about how bullying and intimidating the media was a sign of authoritarian tendencies:

CNN media correspondents Brian Stelter and Oliver Darcy were nowhere in the immediate aftermath of the attack. This was odd. After all, both rushed to defend CBS News reporter Weijia Jiang and accuse Trump of racism and sexism after Jiang insinuated Tuesday during a press briefing that he told her to “ask China” in response to a question because she’s an Asian-American journalist.

I tagged both Stelter and Darcy in a second tweet, wondering why they were so quiet considering it was their job to report on media happenings:

Not even Herridge’s own colleagues stepped up to defend her, as media analyst Steve Krakauer, former Trump White House press secretary Sean Spicer, and others pointed out:

In Krakauer’s Thursday night newsletter, he wrote that CBS News reached out to him with a statement of support for Herridge – which was a full 24 hours after the attack:

Tonight I received a statement in strong support of Herridge from CBS News: “Catherine is a deeply sourced reporter who has worked the national security beat for two decades, and just last week secured one of the biggest newsmaker interviews with Attorney General William Barr, which was cited by national and international outlets. This is the kind of aggressive reporting we applaud at CBS News.”

Note how they did not criticize Bates’s tweet, nor did they call on Biden himself to condemn it.

As Krakauer also noted in his earlier tweet, Jake Tapper was the one prominent journalist who defended Herridge against Bates’s attack:

Stelter retweeted Tapper’s tweet but has not tweeted any comments about the incident himself.

Tapper’s tweet came with an asterisk, of course, just to keep up the pretense that he’s somehow fair and balanced in criticizing both sides:

Typical CNN. Gotta make sure they don’t upset their liberal fan base.

By the way, the Wednesday night “Reliable Sources” newsletter, which is composed by both Stelter and Darcy, contained no mention of the Bates tweet on Herridge. Nor did their Thursday night newsletter.

At this point, even if Herridge’s fellow reporters, Stelter, and all the rest did step forward and acknowledge the attack against her was wrong, that doesn’t negate the point that they all mostly hung her out to dry amid the attacks waged on her by the Biden campaign, in contrast with how they give Trump the third-degree in real time when he goes on his Twitter rants and interacts with the White House press corps.

This suggests that all the mainstream media’s yada yadaing for the last three-plus years about how attacks on the press are a threat to our democracy only apply when anti-Trump reporters like Jim Acosta are in the hot seat. But when a veteran reporter like Herridge faces incoming from Democrats simply because she reports information that paints Biden in an unflattering light, staunch media defenders like Stelter and Darcy will conveniently look the other way.

Which, come to think of it, is precisely how the media has treated Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegations against Joe Biden. They reluctantly did their obligatory reporting and then promptly moved on because the same presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee who they want to drag over the finish line as they tried to do with Hillary Clinton in 2016 stands accused of a horrible crime against a woman.

Why, it’s almost as though there’s a pattern here…

— Stacey Matthews has also written under the pseudonym “Sister Toldjah” and can be reached via Twitter. —


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legacyrepublican | May 15, 2020 at 1:08 pm

It’s very simple, MSM.

If you aren’t getting blasted by both ends of the political spectrum equally and with the same level of indignation, you aren’t doing your job.

Does anyone know if CBS Evening News or CBS Morning even bothered to report on the story broken by their own employee?

    bls46 in reply to EOS. | May 15, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    CBS evening news (wester edition) mentioned NOTHING relevant to Herridge’s fine work.

    Why hire a pro investigative journalist if you’re not going to publish her work unless it makes Trump look bad ?

Stalin’s Playbook: When facts condemn the right, attack with the facts. When facts condemn the Left, kill the messenger.

Same as it ever was…

Imagine the outrage if she was still employed by Fox instead of CBS/ Vicaom

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to buck61. | May 15, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    How about we send photo clips and video clips with a Fox logo over it? That’ll arouse up the lie stream media!

“Biden senior campaign advisor Symone Sanders”

If you’ve never seen a picture of this person, count yourself fortunate. Something about stones and glass houses.

Hahahahaha. T thought this was serious until I got to the punchline, “respected member of the MSM”. One riding on a pink unicorn, no doubt.

“Why?” Do you really have to ask?

because they are all hacks?

or was this one of them there “rhetorical” type questions?

That’s it! No more Mr nice reporter for you, Joe Biden.

The MSM/DNC axis defend Catherine Herridge? She will be lucky if she is not fired by CBS for “racism”. Ask Lara Logan what happened to her after she was raped by Muslim demonstrators in Egypt and then had the nerve to COMPLAIN about it.

Catherine Herridge has always appeared to me to be a true investigative journalist and not a mere mockingbird like much of the msm.

They’re almost ALL corrupt propagandists, Fox board member paul ryan and Fox included.

It’s just a matter of degree.

2smartforlibs | May 15, 2020 at 4:05 pm

To the obviously very low IQ. Catherine Herridge is the only reporter at the Clinton Braoscast System

Catherine Herridge took a highlighter and marking pen to a government document and reported what was written on said document. joe bidens’s name happens to be on the document. symone apparently didn’t get the dnc memo with the strategy/talking point: “Unmasking is normal, lawful AND appropriate y’all, so calm down.” I’m going to go out on a limb and propose that if PDJT were spying on biden using 17 intelligence agencies, fiveyes, the DoJ/fbi, RNC, various oppo-research companies and fisa courts, it would lead to a msm armageddon.

Let’s see, who is more credible here, Simone Sanders or Catherine Herridge? I’m thinking it’s Herridge by about a mile.

inspectorudy | May 15, 2020 at 6:24 pm

At FNC, Herridge was the only reporter that I would take their word as gospel. I was dumbstruck when she went to CBS! Talk about being in Indian country! She has no friends there even if they act like they are. She has more integrity than all of Biden’s team put together. Sharyl Atkisson is another whom I trust to tell me the truth. Also Laura Logan.

Herridge is a good as they get. It was a HUGE loss for Fox when she walked. Anyone know why she did?

    buck61 in reply to MAJack. | May 15, 2020 at 8:49 pm

    she wanted to cut back her hours and spend more time with family. She only has to worry about one broadcast a day, at Fox she was doing live reports at all hours of the day.

SeekingRationalThought | May 15, 2020 at 8:17 pm

This all says much more about Biden and his team than it says about Ms. Herridge. The Biden team is scared, mean and vicious with no sense of honor, honest, integrity or ethics.

Will they show the video of little girls pulling away from groping Joe? Will they ask good OLD Joe why he swam naked in front of female secret service members? Will they confirm Jill Biden aaa is not An MD??