ABC's Jake Tapper Shoehorns Patrick Kennedy Rant Into Unrelated Health Care Story
Good Morning America's Jake Tapper on Thursday forced a completely unrelated
rant by Patrick Kennedy into a story entirely on health care. Tapper pivoted off
a statement by Senator Mitch McConnell that legislation on the subject is a
"farce." He then spun, "For one Democrat, the force driving that farce- the
media- who earned the scorn of Democratic Congressman Patrick Kennedy for
focusing away from substance."
Tapper then played a clip of the Rhode Island Representative screaming, "If
anyone wants to know where cynicism is, cynicism is that there's one, two, press
people in this gallery! We're talking about Eric Massa, 24/7 on the TV! It's
despicable, the national press corps right now!" Watching this, viewers would be
led to believe Kennedy was talking about health care. He
The Congressman was actually yelling about a bill that was voted down in Congress which would have brought the troops home from Afghanistan. The Tapper segment even edited out the part where Kennedy's topic became clear: "We're talking about war and peace! Three billion dollars! A thousand lives!" Are journalists so interested in self flagellating over a liberal congressman's criticism that they would force Kennedy's remarks into a totally unrelated story?