‘Extremist’ Speaker Johnson Faces Media Bias They Spared Pelosi

The excellent news for Republicans is that they lastly elected a brand new speaker of the Home, Rep. Mike Johnson. The dangerous information for Republicans is the “goal” media exist to create dangerous information for Republicans.

The “Politico Playbook” introduced the breaking spin over the breaking information: “Johnson is about to develop into for Democrats what Nancy Pelosi was for Republicans: a base-motivating, money-raising boogeyman who embodies every little thing they dislike most concerning the different social gathering. No less than that’s what Democrats are hoping.”

Politico added Democrats will paint Johnson, R-La., as “an election denier, an anti-abortion extremist and a slasher of Social Safety and Medicare.” Shock, shock: That’s the tone the networks struck of their first night information studies.

Within the first seconds of “NBC Nightly Information,” anchor Lester Holt introduced: “Meet the brand new speaker, little-known Congressman Mike Johnson, a hard-line conservative from Louisiana.” Seconds later, Holt known as him a “hard-right conservative.” Then Garrett Haake underlined he was a “staunch conservative on points like abortion and authorities spending.”

On CBS, anchor Norah O’Donnell declared, “The staunch conservative desires a federal ban on abortion rights and opposes same-sex marriage.” Reporter Nikole Killion added, “he managed to unite each the hard-right and institution flanks of the social gathering.”

ABC’s Rachel Scott mentioned Johnson is “staunchly anti-abortion rights” and “not in favor of protections for same-sex marriage.” He even “voted towards reauthorizing the Violence Towards Girls Act” in 2021. Why? There have been gun rights points and spiritual liberty points with it. Nevertheless it’s an excessive amount of enjoyable to suggest he favors violence towards ladies.

Journalists needed to press Republicans on why they’d help Johnson. On PBS, anchor Geoff Bennett pressed Rep. Mariannette Miller-Meeks of Iowa: “Mike Johnson is extra genial than Jim Jordan, however he’s no much less a hard-liner. He’s on the far proper of the spectrum in terms of points like reproductive rights, same-sex marriage.”

It needs to be apparent that Democrats maintain staunchly reverse positions from the “ultraconservative hard-liners,” however there aren’t any “ultraliberal hard-liners.”

When far-left Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., stepped down from the speaker’s job final November, ABC and NBC hailed her as a “hero” and an “icon” whose reign was “legendary.” CBS hailed her as an “outsized political pressure for a technology.”

When Democrats then elected Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., to exchange Pelosi as their social gathering chief, PBS (and the others) hailed him as “the primary black lawmaker to move a significant political social gathering in Congress.” That was a two-sentence story, with no drama.

Political observers might say the Home Democrats are clearly extra disciplined and arranged. Nevertheless it also needs to be mentioned that these pro-Democrat media retailers create no incentives for publicly rocking the boat. Choices are stored behind caucus doorways, and reporters are able to hail the outcomes after it’s throughout.

It’s particularly wealthy that these networks would throw “election denier” at Johnson once they wouldn’t lob that insult at Jeffries, who routinely known as Donald Trump an “illegitimate” president and denied his election no less than 13 instances, by the GOP’s counting.

Reporters huffed and puffed when Republicans booed questions on “election deniers,” insisting it was a “honest query” to Johnson. Nevertheless it’s not honest when just one social gathering is pressed on denying election outcomes.

These anti-Republican and pro-Democrat techniques by no means modified. When Home Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, was pushed out in 2015, a monthlong NewsBusters examine discovered they described Republicans as “conservative” greater than 100 instances, and as “far-right” or its equivalents in 35 of these makes use of.

No Home Democrat was “far left.” Reporters are left-wing extremists like Pelosi and Jeffries, in order that they see themselves because the “wise middle.”


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