The Media’s Double Standard Involving John McCain and Tulsi Gabbard

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Friday, November 15, 2019


Four years ago when then candidate Donald Trump said that John McCain is not a war hero because he was captured, he was criticized by members of both sides of the aisle. At the time, many people said it was the end of his campaign. Fast forward to four years later and we have CNN commentator Bakari Sellers calling Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard a Russian puppet and former Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton calling Gabbard a Russian asset. This time the difference in the media’s reaction was noticeable, with no backlash directed at Sellers and Clinton outside of Fox News and Gabbard herself.

 

Deserved Criticism

Many people would agree that both Trump and Clinton’s comments directed at combat veterans are not good for the civil discussion in the United States. Trump’s original comment about McCain stemmed from comments Senator McCain made in an interview with The New Yorker, specifically McCain’s comment that Trump was “rallying up the crazies.” Trump hit back with his infamous comment days later, which drew criticism from several candidates but was interpreted as a response to McCain by some attendees that day. McCain and Trump remained bitter enemies until Senator McCain’s passing in August 2018.

As far as criticism against former Secretary of State Clinton was concerned, Gabbard responded with this thread on Twitter, including a challenge to Clinton to join the race for the Democratic nomination.

https://twitter.com/tulsigabbard/status/1185289626409406464?s=21

 

https://twitter.com/tulsigabbard/status/1185289627936219136?s=21

 

https://twitter.com/tulsigabbard/status/1185289629148291078?s=21

Outside appearances on Sean Hannity’s and Tucker Carlson’s shows, Gabbard hasn’t had much of a chance to respond on air to those claims. There has not been a lot said on other networks in terms of defending Gabbard from the baseless claim. Van Jones criticized Clinton on CNN the evening the claims came out, saying that Clinton was “playing a dangerous game” by making the baseless accusation. Jones later pointed out in that segment that this is payback for Gabbard leaving her position at the DNC to support Bernie Sanders for President in 2016.

Long story short, the silence over Hillary Clinton’s claims of Tulsi Gabbard being a Russian asset are deafening compared to the deserved criticism that Trump received for his response to Senator McCain. Unfortunately most of the media we have today is more concerned about pushing a narrative and doing anything to gain back power instead of fishing for facts. 

Clinton’s claim should not go unchecked and, if she is going to criticize a combat veteran, especially without being provoked, she better be held to the exact same standard that President Trump was held to when he criticized McCain and numerous other people. Time will tell who in the media is brave enough to criticize Hillary Clinton for her remarks and challenge her to show evidence for her claim of Gabbard being a Russian asset. 

The main challenge for the media is this: if you are going to make or assist in spreading dangerous claims show the evidence with credible sources or do not even push the story at all.

Matthew Edwards graduated from Illinois State University in December 2017 with a degree in political science and mass media. While he isn’t writing he is watching sports, going to concerts, and active in several church activities. He hopes to work for Fox News someday in production or as an on-air personality.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.


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Matthew Edwards graduated from Illinois State University in December 2017 with a degree in political science and mass media. While he isn’t writing he is watching sports, going to concerts, and active in several church activities. He hopes to work for Fox News someday in production or as an on-air personality.

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