Multiple CNN reporters devoted significant airtime over expressing outrage and demanding an apology over Senator Martha McSally (R-AZ) calling CNN reporter Manu Raju a “liberal hack.”
Per Newsweek, McSally, a Republican from Arizona, called CNN reporter Manu Raju “a liberal hack,” when he asked her if the Senate should consider new evidence during President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial. Her comment even gained the attention of Trump’s campaign, which encouraged voters to donate to the senator.
McSally stood by her comment during an appearance on Fox’s The Ingraham Angle Thursday evening. “These CNN reporters, but many of them around the Capitol, they are so biased,” she said. “They are so in cahoots with the Democrats. They so can’t stand the president, and they run around, trying to chase Republicans and ask trapping questions.
“I’m a fighter pilot. I called it like it is, and that’s what we see out of the mainstream media, and especially CNN, every single day,” she continued. “So obviously I’m gonna tell the truth, and I did it today, and it’s laughable how they’ve responded.”
I'm a fighter pilot, I call it like it is and that's what I did today. pic.twitter.com/2PHc1fo2xo
— Martha McSally (@SenMcSallyAZ) January 17, 2020
Per MRC, Jake Tapper said “it’s obviously indecent and based on the desire to not have accountability and reporters asking basic, simple questions.”
Gloria Borger added “My reaction was that her behavior was disgraceful towards a reporter who was just asking a real question.”
Tapper sermonized: “I think it’s almost like warning shot that Republicans and the Trump administration and the whole MAGA universe is just going to be trying to weaponize what President Trump has created, which is a groundswell of media hatred and a desire to not have any kind of accountability.”
Blitzer insisted Sen. McSally needed to apologize publicly: “She should call up Manu Raju, apologize to Manu Raju… ‘I misspoke, I’m sorry I did that’…. and then whatever she said and then she should issue a public statement to apologize.”
Tapper sardonically replied “Aw, that’s so sweet.”
When Blitzer spoke to Raju on air, he hammered it again. “Instead of answering a fair question, she simply called you a liberal hack. It was disgusting. It was awful. She should know better….Yeah, it’s awful. I take it she — she or her staff, no one has reached out to apologize to you. Have they?”
Raju said no. Blitzer said “If they did the right thing, she would personally call you and say, ‘I’m sorry.’ That was an awful, awful thing that she did.”
Here’s a supercut of all the outrage: