Birtherism really makes Jake Tapper mad. The Good Morning America journalist on Wednesday angrily attacked the untrue conspiracy theory as "bizarre," "fact-free" "nonsense." Tapper highlighted Donald Trump's support of Mitt Romney and warned that Republicans think the real estate mogul "undercuts his seriousness and suggests [Romney is] not willing to stand up to even the most offensive and false nonsense from that wing of his party." [MP3 audio here.]
Yet, while Tapper appeared shocked at Trump's comments and dropped his objectivity to report on them, he has not covered the offensive statements spewed by comedian/political analyst Bill Maher, who donated $1 million to Barack Obama's campaign.
Maher has mocked Mitt Romney's Mormonism as a "cult." This past weekend, he speculated that the presumptive Republican presidential nominee has multiple wives. GMA and Tapper haven't corrected these "bizarre" comments from a major Obama donor.
Tapper lectured, "...Romney risks being overshadowed by Donald Trump
who keeps bizarrely attacking the President, falsely, for not being born
in the United States."
He continued, lamenting, "Overnight, Mitt Romney was raising money with Donald Trump, who is on a fact-free tear, spewing birther nonsense, alleging the President was not born in the U.S."
Clearly, Tapper views Romney campaigning with Trump as a gaffe. Yet, Obama made a major gaffe, Tuesday, falsely referring to "Polish death camps" when he meant Nazi camps. Tapper covered this online, but not on GMA.
Tapper has repeatedly gotten indignant over birtherism. On April 12, 2011, he describe it as "non-reality-based." Yet, 9/11 Truther Rosie O'Donnell has appeared on GMA a number of times. The hosts at the ABC program failed to question O'Donnell on her conspiracy theory, a theory that Tapper might call "bizarre."
A transcript of the May 30 segment, which aired at 7:07am EDT, follows: