Representative Liz Cheney (R – Awesome) is not somebody to be trifled with, as Margaret Brennan of CBS News found out yesterday when she interviewed the Congresswoman on Face the Nation. Although, to be fair, interview isn’t quite the word one should use when a television host interrupts her guest twelve times in the space of six minutes. Call it more of a case study in media bias, which Cheney was more than happy to call out:
Brennan single-mindedly focused on—what else?—Donald Trump’s tweets regarding “the Squad,” which has caused a media meltdown so epic that HBO has optioned the rights as a sequel to their hit miniseries Chernobyl. If you’re one of the three-quarters of Americans who aren’t on Twitter, you might have missed it—but the latest outrage involves an observation that Donald Trump made, in his usual subtle way, regarding Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, and Rashida Tlaib.
Now, mind you, Ocasio-Cortez recently suggested that America’s current state is garbage, and that we run concentration camps on the border with Mexico; that Omar is a notorious anti-Semite and terrorist sympathizer, who once said, “Some people did something” as a way to describe the attacks of 9/11; that Pressley threatened to “bring the fire” against Immigrations and Customs Enforcement—right before a maniac tried to firebomb an ICE facility; and that Tlaib has accused fellow lawmakers of having dual loyalty to Israel—so most reasonable people just might conclude that Trump has teensy bit of a point here, even if he is being a bit brutish about it.
Then again, we’re talking about the mainstream media—and since when have they represented the views of reasonable people?
Instead, Brennan appears dead serious as she goes through all the reasons why Trump’s remarks should be condemned—even citing how international leaders like Justin Trudeau! and Angela Merkel! have done so, and then tries to get Cheney on board. Never mind that Trudeau is embroiled in his own corruption scandal up in the Great White North, eh, and that the German people approve of Frau Merkel even less than they approve of American lite beer—this is condemnation by international consensus! What thinking person could possibly disagree?
Fortunately, Cheney counters that she’s there to talk about the issues: the economy, jobs, America’s position of strength in the world—you know, stuff that normal people actually care about! Brennan, on the other hand, can’t seem to grasp this very basic, simple and salient fact, and has to cut to commercial without ever talking about something important—like the possibility of a war with Iran. Oh well. A reporter’s gotta have her priorities, I guess.
And speaking of the Squad, did you happen to catch the video of one member that recently surfaced? It totally went viral—well, viral in the sense that the mainstream media are doing their best to pretend it doesn’t exist, but is making the rounds anyway because it’s that delicious. You see, before Rashida Tlaib’s current gig, this rational, stable individual who completely should have a say-so in how the country is governed spent a little time trying to play heckler to Donald Trump on the campaign trail. Here she is in 2016:
Then she wrote about the experience for the Detroit Free Press. Be warned, though—last time I saw prose that evocatively self-reverential, it appeared in the Penthouse Forum.
“You guys are crazy!” Tlaib shouts at the end of the clip. Funny, I thought the same thing about the voters who sent this basket case to Congress.
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