This throw-away item in this morning’s Politico/Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) email thingie caught my eye, as it is something we’ve long said broadly:
THROWING THE BOOK(ERS) — On Friday, we reported that CNN’s JAKE TAPPER recently decided that he does not want to invite Republicans who’ve promoted pro-Trump election fraud conspiracy theories onto his weekday and weekend news shows. Not everyone in media agrees with that decision, of course, including Fox News’ CHRIS WALLACE.
Since then, several prominent Republicans who’ve publicly toed the line on Trump’s “election fraud” lies came forward with claims — and, in some instances, receipts — that despite Tapper’s position, they’ve been invited onto his shows many times in recent months.
— Rep. ELISE STEFANIK (R-N.Y.) tweeted out screenshots of emails from CNN bookers requesting her as a guest on Tapper’s weekday and weekend shows as recently as May 5.
— ABIGAIL MARONE, press secretary for Sen. JOSH HAWLEY (R-Mo.), claimed Tapper’s “State of the Union” has invited the Missouri Republican on 18 times since the Jan. 6 insurrection, and posted emails from CNN bookers requesting a guest spot from Hawley as recently as this past Sunday’s episode.
— We also heard from a source with Rep. STEVE SCALISE (R-La.) who says CNN bookers have invited the House GOP whip onto Tapper’s shows eight times since the election, including as recently as April. The Scalise source said they’ve declined the requests.
Tapper, for his part, tweeted, “I can’t account for every email from my excellent bookers whose job it is to present me with as many options as possible.” And of Marone’s tweet about Hawley, Tapper said that “if the bookers had come to me and said [Hawley] was an option I would have said no, as I have for every Election Liar. I only started explaining to them last month the reasons behind my saying no to every Big Liar. Weird to admit that your boss is an Election Liar but ok.”
There really ought to be some sort of rule about inviting liars onto news shows; even with on-the-spot fact checking, it still amplifies the lie into the culture. Having Noot on a show to throw bombs might make for good ratings, but it damages us. Jon Stewart got it exactly right.