Leroy N. Soetoro
2020-01-30 19:03:40 UTC
Tuesday was now former editor-at-large for CNBC John Harwoods first day
at CNN as a network White House correspondent. Less than a week after CNN
complained that one of its reporters was called a liberal hack, CNN
hired a liberal hack.
some personal news: this is my first day at @CNN as White House
Correspondent. honored and proud to join a team of journalists Ive
admired for so long
John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) January 21, 2020
Harwood is a textbook example of a biased reporter masquerading around the
nations capital as an objective journalist, on a noble quest to uncover
the truth in clear and honest reporting in a media environment saturated
with fake news.
There is certainly no shortage of examples to illustrate Harwoods left-
wing bias, but then again, the list to showcase CNNs runs even longer,
making the pair a perfect fit.
SUPERCUT: @JohnJHarwood, Journalist pic.twitter.com/VjHOqQ3LDG
Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) January 22, 2020
Of course, true to form and well within CNNs brand, Harwood thinks the
media has actually been too fair to the Republican Party.
In December, Harwood responded to a tweet by CNNs chief arbiter of
objective journalism Brian Stelter, who lauded a column declaring that
media objectivity gave the Republican Party the power it has today.
Good description of the challenge for journalism. Hard for reporters to
say plainly that the Republican Party, at this point in our history, is
fundamentally broken, but it is, Harwood wrote on Twitter.
good description of the challenge for journalism
hard for reporters to say plainly that the Republican Party, at this point
in our history, is fundamentally broken
but it is https://t.co/HXHn3cmJ4N
John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) December 22, 2019
One could dissect this theory however, using Harwoods own work at CNBC.
In 2015, Harwood enjoyed the privilege of moderating one of the Republican
presidential primary debates.
His bias was full-on-display in what was arguably the least-substantive
debate of the entire cycle. Harwoods first question of the night was
directed at candidate Donald Trump, asking the businessman if he was
running a comic-book campaign.
Heres what Harwood said, emphasis mine:
Mr. Trump, youve done very well in this campaign so far by promising to
build a wall and make another country pay for it, send 11 million people
out of the country, cut taxes ten trillion dollars without increasing the
deficit, and make Americans better off because your greatness would
replace the incompetence and stupidity of others. Lets be honest, is this
a comic-book version of a presidential campaign?
No, its not a comic book and its not a very nicely asked question the
way you say that, Trump said.
No kidding, and its a wonder to journalists why Trump entered the White
House with such animosity towards the press.
Throughout the night, Harwoods bias was painfully obvious. He repeatedly
interrupted now former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and got into a tense
exchange with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio by aggressively attempting to fact-
check the Republican senator using wrong statistics.
During the primetime event, Harwood tried to cite a study from the
conservative Tax Foundation to paint Rubios tax plan as a giveaway to the
one percent, peddling a typical progressive talking point used to brand
Republicans as purveyors of the wealthy.
Despite Rubio correcting Harwood that lower-income individuals would
benefit more than the rich, Harwood interjected again and refused to
concede that he was incorrectly citing the Tax Foundations research.
The head of the Tax Foundation even corrected Harwood in real-time during
the debate on Twitter.
Rubio was right about his plan. Poor get larger tax benefit than the rich.
Scott Hodge (@scottahodge) October 29, 2015
Rubio was right about his plan. Poor get larger tax benefit than the
rich, wrote Scott Hodge, the president of the foundation that conducted
the study Harwood attempted to smear Rubio with.
To pour salt on the wound, Harwood refused to admit the error days after
the debate. Just weeks before the debate however, Harwood once issued a
correction of an earlier tweet on the study from the Tax Foundation,
proving that the CNBC reporter was once well-aware of the foundation
studys true conclusions.
CORRECTING earlier tweet: Tax Foundation says Rubio benefits lowest 10%
proportionally more (55.9) than top 1% (27.9%). Avg for all: 17.8%.
John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) October 14, 2015
Another ripe example in Harwoods past shows how Harwood should fit right
in at CNN working alongside the networks Chief White House Correspondent
Jim Acosta who shares a fellow disdain for the president. In 2018, Harwood
criticized Trumps characterization of the international gang MS-13 as
animals, and responded to a conservative columnists tweet who claimed
misleading reporting on the topic was disturbing.
However repugnant their actions, MS-13 gang members are human beings
IMHO, Harwood tweeted.
however repugnant their actions, MS-13 gang members are human beings IMHO
John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) May 17, 2018
Harwood of course, did everything to support Hillary Clinton in 2016
without explicitly saying it publicly.
In September 2015, Harwood sought the advice of Clinton advisor John
Podesta on what to ask former Florida Governor Jeb Bush in an interview.
Earlier that year, Harwood revealed himself to be a chief defender of
Clintons as the former secretary of state was embroiled in scandal over
the use of a private email server to handle classified information while
working at the state department.
PERSPECTIVE: Petraeus gave info he knew classified to someone he knew
unauthorized to see it. No allegation yet HRC did anything like that,
Harwood wrote on Twitter.
PERSPECTIVE: Petraeus gave info he knew classified to someone he knew
unauthorized to see it. No allegation yet HRC did anything like that.
John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) August 17, 2015
Petraeus mistress however, had security clearances unlike Clintons
attorney or the Denver IT firm involved in handling Clintons emails. In
addition, Petraeus didnt put sensitive information on the internet as
Clinton did. Thats a more accurate perspective.
One could probably fill a book on Harwoods bias against conservatives in
loyal defense of Democrats. One might say hes a liberal hack. One might
even be President Donald Trump at their first press conference together.
Tristan Justice is a staff writer at The Federalist focusing on the 2020
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