For years renowned economist Stephen Moore worked as a contributor at Fox News, up until CNN scooped him up in 2017 after offering him what he described at the time as a “really good offer.”
The Club for Growth co-founder and former Wall Street Journal editorial board member remained at CNN until 2019, when, following his nomination by President Donald Trump to serve on the Federal Reserve Board, the network began a nonstop campaign to assault his character.
Case in point:
One of Trump’s picks to serve on the Federal Reserve Board has written that women should be banned from refereeing, announcing or beer vending at men’s college basketball games, asking if there was any area in life “where men can take vacation from women.” https://t.co/2QfSurTSM7
— CNN (@CNN) April 22, 2019
Federal Reserve pick Stephen Moore, facing criticism over his past writing about women and gender equality, is claiming that his opponents are “pulling a Kavanaugh against me.” https://t.co/06Qpsf2x2M pic.twitter.com/d7QOuEWbu9
— CNN (@CNN) April 24, 2019
“To silence women when it comes to sports … is also silencing women from commenting on what’s happening in this country.” Sports journalist @JulieDiCaro, on Trump’s pick for the Fed – Stephen Moore – having made sexist comments in several past columns. https://t.co/oSdFAZAu4Q pic.twitter.com/lO4tRZC9D6
— CNN (@CNN) April 24, 2019
— CNN (@CNN) April 30, 2019
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) April 22, 2019
Like Fox News host Tucker Carlson noted during a discussion Thursday evening with Moore, “They wanted you to work there, and then I’m watching tonight, and they’re telling me you’re evil.”
“This is little awkward for CNN, because every night they trash me, now, when for the last two and a half years I’ve been their senior economics writer,” Moore, who formally withdrew his nomination for the Federal Reserve Board on Thursday, replied on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
“And the things that they’re talking about now are things that happened 20 years ago. Wait a minute. If I’m such a scoundrel and sexist, then why did they have me on every night?” he added.
Listen to the discussion below:
Following Moore’s nomination, radical far-left activists dug up his previous interviews and writings in search of anything potentially offensive. They wound up discovering allegedly sexist remarks.
For instance, he used to reportedly describe Fox News as “fair, balanced and blonde,” and he once wrote a column expressing his personal opinion that women should be banned from the March Madness tournament unless they’re exceptionally attractive.
“Here’s the rule change I propose: No more women refs, no women announcers, no women beer venders, no women anything. There is, of course, an exception to this rule. Women are permitted to participate, if and only if, they look like Bonnie Bernstein. The fact that Bonnie knows nothing about basketball is entirely irrelevant,” he wrote in one piece.
While these were clearly shock-jock-type jokes, they’ve been weaponized by CNN and others, much to Moore’s dismay. He argued Thursday that his past remarks should essentially be off-limits.
“I don’t think you should hold accountable for things that were written 25 years ago,” he said, adding that even his Christmas cards were scrutinized. “They even looked at my Christmas letters that we would send out to friends and family, that were just kind of jokes, we’d make fun of everyone.”
Too many Republican Senators disagreed. On Monday Sens. Joni Ernst, Shelley Moore Capito, Lisa Murkowski and Mitt Romney all expressed “concern” over Moore’s nomination, with Ernst saying that his past statements were “ridiculous” and Romney implying that he’s a partisan hack.
.@SenJoniErnst tells me what she thinks about Stephen Moore for the Fed: “I’m not enthused about what he has said in various articles. I think it’s ridiculous.”
— Seung Min Kim (@seungminkim) April 29, 2019
Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (https://t.co/lWR4lSNb9J.) joins Sen. Joni Ernst in expressing some skepticism over Stephen Moore’s serving on the Fed, telling reporters: “Some of his public statements probably need to be further vetted, like ‘you can’t have women referees.’ C’mon.”
— Alex Bolton (@alexanderbolton) April 29, 2019
Some believe that these public criticisms were what ultimately spurred Moore’s withdrawal. The same thing happened to former Federal Reserve Board nominee Herman Cain, who withdrew after Romney led a charge to prevent him from being confirmed to the coveted position.
Speaking Thursday afternoon with FNC host Neil Cavuto, Moore specifically pinned his withdrawal on the “sleaze campaign” waged by the likes of CNN and others.
“It was very disappointing that this couldn’t go forward, but you know the fact is that this kind of sleaze campaign over the last three or four weeks was just really too tough for me and my family,” he said. “And you know we just decided it was much better for Donald Trump to select someone who doesn’t have a 30-year paper trail.”
Dovetailing back to the discussion on FNC, Carlson concluded the segment by urging Moore to fight back: “You have to stand up to these people,” he said. “This is, it’s disgusting what’s happening. It’s disgusting what happened to you, and Kavanaugh, and a lot of other people in this city.”
Including the MAGA-hat-wearing Covington Catholic High School whom CNN and other media outlets tried to smear back in January after one of them was videotaped smiling innocently as a far-left native American activist disrespectfully banged a drum only inches away from his face.
Regarding Moore’s question Thursday about why CNN has turned on him, the answer seems fairly clear. The network’s recent history shows a clear-cut obsession with attacking the president and anyone even loosely affiliated with him, including the Covington kids.
After Moore withdrew his nomination Thursday, a CNN spokesperson reportedly announced that the far-left network wouldn’t allow him to return to his prior position.
Stephen Moore won’t be getting his old job back. “Stephen Moore will not be returning as a contributor,” a CNN spokesperson says.
— Jeremy Barr (@jeremymbarr) May 2, 2019
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