Joe Biden's Director of Rapid Response Launches a War on Reporter Catherine Herridge, and Gets Busted

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Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, speaks during a candidates forum at the 110th NAACP National Convention, Wednesday, July 24, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)


Earlier this month, Joe Biden virtue-signaled on Twitter by way of a thread that talked about how he respected the freedom of the press, how people needed to vote for him so the attacks on the mainstream media would stop, yada yada.

Here are two tweets from that thread:

Fast forward to today, when CBS News senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge broke the news about acting DNI Richard Grenell’s notification to Congress of the declassified “unmasking list” that included the names of numerous Obama administration officials, including then-Vice President Biden.

It was very, very bad news for the presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee, who just yesterday slipped up and lied when he claimed he had no knowledge of the politically-motivated investigation into Gen. Michael Flynn.


The news was so explosive and upsetting to the Biden campaign that Andrew Bates, Biden’s director of rapid response, sent out a nasty tweet targeting Herridge, claiming she was a “partisan, rightwing hack” and a “regular conduit for conservative media manipulation ploys.”

The tweet has since been deleted, but yours truly screengrabbed it before he did:

Because I knew Stelter and Darcy would be on this like white on rice had it been Trump attacking the media, I pressed them again a few minutes later, suggesting maybe they could exploit a misogyny angle since they enjoy doing that everytime Trump has even the mildest of interactions with female reporters:


Later, I alerted Bates that just because he deleted the tweet didn’t mean the issue was going away:

As of this writing, there have been zero – count ’em – zero tweets from Stelter or Darcy condeming Bates’s attack. Stelter did retweet this tweet from Jake Tapper, which was about as harsh as a pop on the hand from a 2nd grade teacher to an unruly student:

And just for good measure, he made sure to note in a follow-up tweet that he was fair and balanced in criticizing both sides, just in case his devoted following of leftists had any questions:


Herridge, as of this writing, has not responded. Nor should she:

Her work is solid. She’s made it clear time and time again she does not play by the conventional rules when it comes to reporting. She’s a solid journalist – period. Bates, on the other hand, is a hypocritical hack, just like his boss.


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