ThinkProgress founder Judd Legum warned in a “breaking” tweet on Friday that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is attempting to “provide cover to corporations to resume donating to the 147 Republicans who voted to overturn the election,” as reported by Twitchy.
ThinkProgress was a left-wing “progressive news website,” active from 2005 to 2019.
The obviously-distraught left-winger tweeted:
“BREAKING: In a memo, the @USChamber attempts to provide cover to corporations to resume donating to the 147 Republicans who voted to overturn the election.”
“We do not believe it’s appropriate to judge members of Congress solely based on their votes on the electoral certification.” [Quoted from the Chamber]
Sounds reasonable, does it not?
BREAKING: In a memo, the @USChamber attempts to provide cover to corporations to resume donating to the 147 Republicans who voted to overturn the election
“We do not believe it’s appropriate to judge members of Congress solely based on their votes on the electoral certification”
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) March 5, 2021
“The memo written by @USChamber’s National Political Director, @ashleewrich, argues that only members of Congress involved in ‘organizing the rally of January 6th or continuing to push debunked conspiracy theories’ are culpable.”
The bolded part is key, as you’ll see.
The memo written by @USChamber‘s National Political Director, @ashleewrich, argues that only members of Congress involved in “organizing the rally of January 6th or continuing to push debunked conspiracy theories” are culpable
FULL MEMO: https://t.co/uvCltLoMrj
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) March 5, 2021
The Chamber’s statement said, in part:
“In the aftermath of the events of January 6, we announced that we would review the totality of actions of members. And take that review into consideration with respect to our PAC giving and political program.
“Going forward, the Chamber will evaluate our support for candidates – Republicans and Democrats – based on their position on issues important to the Chamber, as well as their demonstrated commitment to governing and rebuilding our democratic institutions.
“We do not believe it is appropriate to judge members of Congress solely based on their votes on the electoral certification.
“There is a meaningful difference between a member of Congress who voted no on the question of certifying the votes of certain states and those who engaged and continue to engage in repeated actions that undermine the legitimacy of our elections and institutions. [Italics, mine.]
“For example, casting a vote is different than organizing the rally of January 6th or continuing to push debunked conspiracy theories. We will take into consideration actions such as these and future conduct that erodes our democratic institutions.”
Seems to me that anyone who doesn’t have a dog in the fight in the circumstances the statement references, and possesses a modicum of political objectivity, would agree.
Clearly, CNN anchor Jake Tapper is not a member of that group.
Not to mention, Tapper must have missed the memo about Legum’s second tweet or the Chamber’s statement and chose to ignore or dismiss one or both.
Here’s how the host of “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” in all his journalistic glory, interpreted Legum’s tweets and the statement from the Chamber of Commerce:
“Inevitable. DC is an accountability-free town.”
Um, Jake? Phrasing?
Inevitable. DC is an accountability-free town. https://t.co/NR24kCTESM
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) March 6, 2021
Responses to Tapper’s totally self-unaware comment pretty much wrote themselves.
Just as CNN is an accountability-free network. https://t.co/EF2YTVNQfy
— Michael J. Head (@Michaelthehead) March 6, 2021
As opposed to CNN?
— The Streeter (@thestreeter) March 6, 2021
Senior editor at The Federalist and Fox News contributor Mollie Hemingway nailed it.
For instance, this guy spent years pushing an absolutely insane Russia collusion conspiracy theory, seriously harming the country, and was never held even remotely accountable. https://t.co/ffSsuP8Kmi
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) March 6, 2021
One of us “Neanderthals” suggested to Tapper that Brett Kavanaugh “would like a word.”
Brett Kavanaugh would like a word https://t.co/ViBflRuQ1Y
— Neanderthal Scholar Poso (@JackPosobiec) March 6, 2021
The list of examples of Tapper’s hypocrisy and complete lack of self-awareness went on and on, but this was my favorite tweet of the thread.
“Now do CNN.”
Now do CNN https://t.co/OBjtxww9C4
— Mike Parker (@MJP1313) March 6, 2021
Ah, Mike — but here’s the thing. Tapper has already “done CNN.” Multiple times. Most recently on January 18 of this year, when he defiantly declared:
“I don’t want to get into a conversation about CNN. But I will say there are channels in which lies are told and there are channels in which facts are told and people who want the lies, they don’t come here. They go to a different channel. But I don’t want to talk about—”
Tapper’s delusional declaration was in response to Trump-loather H.R. McMasters, who had just said people who lean in one political direction watch one news outlet, while those who lean in another direction watch other networks, such as CNN.
“There are channels in which lies are told and there are channels in which facts are told & people who want the lies, they don’t come here. They go to a different channel” pic.twitter.com/sTgxrT7XwC
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 17, 2021
Yup, Jake. D.C. is an accountability-free town, all right. Don’t you hate that?
“The Most Trusted Name in News.” The totally self-unaware gift that keeps on giving.