Biden campaign official under fire for tweet calling Catherine Herridge a “right-wing hack”

Biden rapid response director Andrew Bates is under fire on social media for a now deleted tweet where he calls CBS reporter Catherine Herridge a “partisan, rightwing hack.”

Even CNN’s Jake Tapper wrote:

Gross. Personal attacks on journalists for sharing facts is obnoxious and indecent. @JoeBiden approves this message?

This is the now deleted tweet.

TheHill reports the Director of Rapid Response for former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign called CBS News senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge a “right-wing hack” in a tweet that was later deleted.

Joe Biden rapid response director Andrew Bates criticized Herridge in the deleted tweet for her exclusive reporting obtaining acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell’s notification to Congress.

The notification contained a list of dozens of former Obama administration officials who reportedly asked for documents that led to the identity of former national security adviser Michael Flynn being “unmasked” from intelligence reports between the 2016 election and President Trump’s inauguration.

A copy of the list later obtained by The Hill includes Biden and former White House chief of staff Denis McDonough.

Bates reacted to the CBS report with a tweet saying, “SCOOP: Catherine Herridge is a partisan, rightwing hack who is a regular conduit for conservative media manipulation ploys because she agrees to publicize things before contacting the target to ask for comment,” which was later deleted.
The Biden campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Trump campaign called Bates’s rhetoric against Herridge “part of an authoritarian playbook.”

“Attacking the press and attempting to intimidate independent media is a standard part of the authoritarian playbook,” said a statement from the Trump campaign. “Efforts to undermine public confidence in the integrity of fact-based reporting violate our core American values and threaten our very system of government.”
“Journalists hold those in positions of authority accountable, investigate and document abuses of power, and expose the truth for everyone to see. In a Biden White House, there will be no bullying of the media by tweet,” it concludes.
Trump has frequently railed against the news media, calling outlets like The New York Times and CNN “enemy of the people.”
Some members of the media defended Herridge.