I praised Jake Tapper of CNN two days ago for getting it right on the Joe Biden/Tara Reade situation. Faced with a Democrat operative named Matthew Miller who was openly recommending presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden not open any of his records for scrutiny amidst a sexual assault investigation, Tapper called out the foolishness:
Do me a favor and re-read Tapper’s words. Whereas I think they are spot-on accurate, which is the very thing that I recently congratulated him for, the truth is that this offense is the very same one that Tapper recently committed himself.
You might remember when the CNN State of the Union host welcomed the Bronx socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on his show to flail her arms and hurl ridiculous accusations at anyone who doesn’t agree with her politics. It’s like an art for her, to be honest.
Still, in the course of one of her answers, Cortez brought up a now-thoroughly discredited lie about President Trump having called the coronavirus a “hoax.” Again, that deception had been debunked long before AOC showed up for the Tapper interview. Cortez was either unaware of reality occurring outside her ideologically toxic echo chamber, or she was intentionally spreading misinformation hoping for political gain.
Either way, Tapper knew what she was saying was a lie. Yet he said nothing, did nothing, and corrected nothing. Instead, when he was later called out for laying down in the face of obvious deceptive propaganda being spread on his own show, this was Tapper’s defense:
Whoa. First, that is the very definition of “fake, but accurate.” It’s an utter contradiction of terms.
Further, and perhaps more importantly, to say, “Well I’m not going to be truthful because the guy I would be helping out with the truth isn’t truthful himself,” sounds an awful lot like what Tapper just condemned Matthew Miller for doing, does it not?
In the latter case, Tapper criticized Miller for believing, “The other guys aren’t transparent so we shouldn’t be either.” He called such a position unprincipled.
Yet in the former case with his hosting of AOC, he himself took the position, “Trump isn’t honest so I shouldn’t worry about being that way either.” How is that not equally unprincipled?
If Tapper is right in his reproach of Miller that “voters have a right to know about their leaders,” doesn’t he owe the viewers of his own show an apology for denying them that right by knowingly and intentionally letting one peddle false information about another of those leaders?
If one is not forthcoming, it is more than fair to conclude that Tapper letting AOC slide was a “political tactic,” and “an excuse to hide information.” Not because I say so, but because Jake did.