The back and forth between CNN and Fox News spiraled out of control after a number of Republicans claimed there were questions about the last presidential election.
Now all hell is breaking loose.
And a Fox News star had this surprising answer to CNN about objections to the 2020 election.
CNN host Jake Tapper—who once wrote a book claiming George W. Bush and the GOP stole the 2000 election—told New York Times podcast host Kara Swisher that he would not host Republicans that objected to the 2020 election on his weekday and Sunday shows.
“It’s not a policy, but it’s a philosophy where I just don’t want to deal with it,” Tapper told Swisher. “I mean, there’s about a third of the House Republican caucus that I am willing to book. I could name them to you if you want.”
POLITICO Playbook asked other media figures about if they would host Republicans that believed the 2020 election was not on the level on their show.
“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace surprised most observers by breaking from his establishment press brethren and telling POLITICO that banning Republicans that objected to the 2020 election from appearing on-air was a form of liberal media virtue signaling.
“I don’t think moral posturing goes well with newsgathering. There are plenty of people I would like to have on Fox News Sunday that voted to challenge the election — House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy for one. And I don’t have any rule about what the first question has to be,” Wallace stated. “I have asked plenty of guests about voting to challenge the election and about Trump’s role in the … insurrection. But I cover the news, wherever that takes me.”
Tapper tried to claim that stating he would not book Republican guests that questioned the 2020 election was not actually an official policy banning over 150 Republican House and Senate members from his show.
“This isn’t a policy, it’s a discussion I think everyone in the news media should be having. Should those who shared the election lie that incited the deadly attack on the Capitol and that continues to erode confidence in our democracy be invited onto our airwaves to continue to spread the Big Lie? Can our viewers count on these politicians to tell the truth about other topics? This isn’t an easy conversation for some folks — especially for journalists who work for organizations where the Big Lie was platformed — but that’s all the more reason to have this conversation,” Tapper added.
Critics pointed out Tapper’s stance looked like the refusal to book GOP guests that objected to the results of the 2020 election was born out of partisan hatred of Republicans.
Tapper—who once worked as a campaign operative for a Democrat congressional candidate—has booked Democrat guests that questioned election results.
Nancy Pelosi declared the 2016 election was “hijacked” yet has appeared on Tapper’s show.
Tapper’s interviewed failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams on multiple occasions—despite Abrams questioning the legitimacy of her loss and falsely claiming Republicans stole the election from her.
Media critics on the right argue that Tapper and other corporate media members that refuse to book Republicans that questioned the results of the 2020 election on their show are trying to help Joe Biden pass his agenda by denying the public a chance to hear Republican views and arguments against Biden’s proposals.
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