HOT TAKES: Jake Tapper Gets Twitter Drubbing He Deserves After Responding to Elise Stefanik Dunk

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Bonchie wrote earlier about how Principled Journalist™ Jake Tapper got wrecked today courtesy of Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-N.Y.) after he reaffirmed in a recent New York Times podcast how he wouldn’t book any GOP guests who he proclaimed participated in the so-called “Big Lie” about the 2020 presidential election.

For those who missed it, Stefanik included a screengrab of Tapper’s claim (which was reported by Politico) in a tweet she posted that included receipts of just a few of the times Tapper’s handlers have emailed to invite her on to his program:

However, instead of owning up to his lie, Tapper proceeded to throw his “excellent bookers” (producers) under the bus in an attempt to absolve himself of any responsibility:

I’m going to unpack Tapper’s answer in just a minute, but for good measure, Kara Swisher, the podcast host who interviewed Tapper for the quote that was featured in Politico, tried to white knight for him by alleging Stefanik took him out of context.

Stefanik “is woefully inaccurate here to what @jaketapper actually said to me,” Swisher tweeted, “and it’s not the giant gotcha she is touting. Here’s the actual transcript”:

“Now if they came to me and said that they wanted to, I don’t think any of them, Scalise or McCarthy or Stefanik have faced a tough interview at all about it. So I might be willing to interview one of them to talk about this, to talk about their election lies and what they’re doing. But I’m not asking for the interview and they’re not eager to do it.”

Tapper’s lame response and Swisher’s attempt at rescuing him actually made him look like even more of a liar, as former CNN producer Steve Krakauer explained in much gentler terms:

Bingo. Not only that, but did you catch how Tapper also dishonestly claimed that it was “Kind of stunning to see her proudly identify as a conspiracy theorist”? Calling that “dishonest” is actually putting it mildly, considering she directly responded to what Tapper said because her name was mentioned in the Politico piece she referenced.

Not surprisingly, this bogus line of attack was echoed by Brian Stelter-wannabe Justin Baragona of the Daily Beast, who donned his clown suit in trying to defend Tapper as well. Yours truly called him out on it:

Other Twitter users, too, were in no mood to let Tapper pretend to be the one with the moral high ground:

In other words, Jake Tapper is more than openly accommodating to guests who make controversial claims long as they’re pushing the “correct” kind of (false) media narratives, in fact inviting them on his show frequently. But GOP guests who have concerns about election integrity are held to far different standards for no other reason than their party affiliation and because they have been defenders of former President Trump over the years.

All of this is rather amusing when you think about it. I mean here Tapper is telling Trump and Republican leaders to admit defeat, and yet when it comes to admitting that he told a whopper on the podcast, he refuses to take the “L” himself (and this is by no means the first time this has happened).

Moral of the story? If a reporter feels the need to routinely brag about how “principled” they are (while occasionally throwing some faux self-deprecation in the mix so it sounds convincing), there’s a good chance they’re not. Then again, we’ve been there, done that, got the t-shirt with Tapper many times before, haven’t we?

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