CNN’s Tapper criticizes government for ‘trust us or ISIS’ message – Reuters


The liberal network’s relationship with the White House has grown increasingly sour lately

CNN anchor Jake Tapper has condemned the Biden administration’s suggestion that reporters who don’t trust their claims side with terrorists and foreign powers. The US government, he said, has a long history of “lie to the American people”.

Two separate incidents triggered Tapper’s conviction. On Thursday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked to prove that Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) leader Abu Ibrahim al-Hashimi al-Qurashi blew himself up with a device suicide during a raid by American special forces. PSAKI suggested that the reporter was implying that the U.S. military was “not providing accurate information”, while “ISIS provides accurate information.”

On Tuesday, State Department spokesman Ned Price was asked to provide evidence to support US claims that Russia was preparing to stage a false flag attack as a pretext to invade Ukraine. Price offered no evidence, but accused the reporter of doubting “the credibility of the American government” and find “Consolation in the information that the Russians publish” rather.

In “The Lead with Jake Tapper” on Thursday, the CNN anchor pushed back against that government line.

“What the Biden administration is doing here is telling reporters, whose job it is to be skeptical… ‘Oh, so you’re siding with our enemies?'”

CNN contributor Abby Phillip then cited last August’s drone attack in Kabul, which the administration says originally targeted ISIS members but in fact only killed civilians. , as an example of why journalists should question government claims.

“There’s a long history in this country that long predates everyone at this table… of the American government lying to the American people,” Taper said. “Lying for the right reasons maybe, or because they had bad information or they’re supporting their guys, but it’s our job to challenge.”

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CNN has consistently challenged the Trump administration, with journalist Jim Acosta regularly starting verbal fights with Trump during press briefings. However, the network has been accused of facilitating the conduct of the Biden administration, and its hosts have been ridiculed by conservatives for their coverage of Biden’s election victory, in which his hosts cry tears of joy and greeted the ‘healing‘ that the Democrat would bring to the country.

A year later, some of the excitement has dissipated. Tapper described Biden’s withdrawal from Afghanistan in August as “catastrophic,” his co-hosts compared the hasty withdrawal to the fall of Saigon and suggested that Biden “must feel humiliated.” Since then, Biden’s claims have been ‘verified’, he’s been dogged by inflation and crime, and the network has even offered a slate of alternate candidates should the 79-year-old president decide not to run for a new seat. another mandate.

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