A common tactic of CNNers like Brian Stelter, Oliver Darcy, Jake Tapper, and Jim Acosta over the last 9 months or so has been to COVID-shame any Trump administration official when they focus on any issue that potentially could either hurt Democrats at the polls, make the media look bad, or both. They’ve done similarly with Republican commentators and Fox News reporters who talk about or report on stories CNN determines to be “irrelevant” to media narratives.
The line goes something like “We’ve arrived at a grim milestone case count/death toll during the coronavirus pandemic, but all this Trump official or that Fox News reporter or conservative pundit can talk about is [whatever story CNN finds to be a non-story or otherwise too harsh on the left-wing media or the Democratic party].”
Here’s a recent example from Tapper:
Lotta people who helped incite a riot that led to loss of human life including a police officer have spent the day whining about losing twitter followers, about social media bias, about Biden invoking Goebbels when referring to “the Big Lie”… haven’t seen anything about deaths.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 9, 2021
Tapper also recently took another cheap shot at Twitter users who were complaining about losing thousands of followers as a result of Twitter’s conservative purge by proclaiming he was “an adult” and didn’t pay attention to such things:
I would tell you how many followers I have lost but I have no idea how many i had before because I’m an adult
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 10, 2021
While Tapper’s claim to be “an adult” is worthy of a fact check, we’ll focus on how it’s so odd that Tapper’s rule about “being an adult” and focusing on things that are truly important apparently doesn’t apply to members of Joe Biden’s team, who are now fighting like cats and dogs with Twitter over … follower counts:
SCOOP: The Biden team has just launched @PresElectBiden to build followers for Inauguration Day when they’ll get the @potus handle. But Biden’s aides complain they’re not getting same treatment as Trump, who got all of Obama’s @potus and @whitehouse followers.
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) January 15, 2021
“They are advantaging Pres Trump’s first days of the admin over ours,” @Rob_Flaherty said. “If we don’t end the day w the 12m followers that Donald Trump inherited from Barack Obama, then they have given us less than they gave DT, & that is a failure.” https://t.co/A3GH12Z1Zw
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) January 15, 2021
Here’s more from Rob Flaherty, who Epstein quoted above and who is also Biden’s digital director:
On inaug day:
-FB is transferring @JoeBiden's followers over to POTUS
-Snap is handing us @WhiteHouse
-YT is giving us all of the @WhiteHouse Subs
-Twitter is starting us at zero…but recommended the President of the United States tag other accounts to encourage growth
— Rob Flaherty (@Rob_Flaherty) January 15, 2021
Later, Flaherty went on to try and frame the issue of Twitter followers as one Biden “couldn’t care less about”, noting the supposed real issue was that Biden “does care about communicating with everyone in the country, whether they agree with him or not” or something.
Has Tapper chimed in and chided the incoming Biden administration for not being “adults” and for whining about follower counts in the middle of a pandemic? Of course he hasn’t:
Weird where is @jaketapper scolding these guys that we’re in the middle of a pandemic.
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) January 15, 2021
Also, what happened to all the mature cable personalities saying that only children and losers worry about their follower counts (as if they don't), and that it's immoral in a pandemic – when thousands are dying daily – to focus on trivialities like this?https://t.co/PkvAMi32LO
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) January 15, 2021
Maybe Jake will get around to it once he stops trying to paint every Trump supporter as being complicit in last week’s Capitol riot, because he’s not doing so well in that department, either:
CNN gaslighted the hell out of America over the BLM/Antifa riots, which killed a retired police officer and destroyed countless other lives, businesses, etc. You nor your network have any moral high ground to stand on regarding the matter of mobs and riots, Jake. https://t.co/vB76kZs7NW
— Sister Toldjah, VP of BS Detection 😁 (@sistertoldjah) January 15, 2021
Oh, and about that being “an adult” about follower counts:
The best part is he's full of it. pic.twitter.com/9QyYVMDf7X
— Small Gov Lizard (@smallgovlizard) January 10, 2021
Thank goodness that “C” in CNN doesn’t stand for “consistency.” Otherwise Jake might be in a lot of trouble with the bosses… or maybe not.