When you’re in the business of complaining about President Donald Trump, you can’t get bogged down in details when responding to his words and actions.
This was seen Sunday when New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman opted to take exception to the president warning Iran not to kill protesters and to “let reporters roam free.”
The warning came in response to protesters taking to the streets in Iran to call for the resignation of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei following the downing of a passenger jet carrying 176 people, who all died.
“’Let reporters roam free’ says the president, who routinely refers to the US press as ‘enemy of the people,’ to Iranian leaders,” Haberman tweeted in response to Trump’s tweet.
“Let reporters roam free” says the president, who routinely refers to the US press as “enemy of the people,” to Iranian leaders. https://t.co/zTtSdiOyDj
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) January 12, 2020
Haberman is clearly butt-hurt over Trump’s criticisms of the media and the fake news reporting, likening this to imprisonment or worse, dying.
The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway wasn’t about to let her shameless suggestion of a double standard go unchecked.
“NYT reporter suggests American press, by being criticized for poor reporting and other failures, suffers similarly to journalists in Iran, who are imprisoned, tortured, and murdered for their reporting,” Hemingway tweeted. “All this while American media downplays or ignores Iran’s lies.”
NYT reporter suggests American press, by being criticized for poor reporting and other failures, suffers similarly to journalists in Iran, who are imprisoned, tortured, and murdered for their reporting. All this while American media downplays or ignores Iran’s lies. https://t.co/98W0g7Nt9T
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) January 12, 2020
As reported by Fox News, Iran has a long history of murdering and imprisoning journalists.
Citing the Committee to Protect Journalists, the network noted that 11 reporters were imprisoned by Iran in 2019 alone and at least four have been killed since 1992.
Here’s a sampling of the responses to the story from Twitter:
Mollie this is a 5am Dem talking points that I have heard across the Sunday shows this morning. Maggie & the rest of the fakenews media know exactly what POTUS is saying, & yes the majority of the USA MSM are enemy of the people. They aren’t stupid, just narrative seekers.
— Bradley Cross (@brads_views) January 12, 2020
— Wilsonee 🇺🇸 (@wilsonee) January 12, 2020
The press here in the United States are free to criticize the President, and the President is free to criticize them. Free.
— Mickey Harmon (@MickyHarmon) January 12, 2020
Mocking your incompetence and idiocy on Twitter, a task you make easier by the day with aggressive nonsense like this, is exactly like murdering and imprisoning innocent Iranians. https://t.co/BLB7XpXtxB
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) January 12, 2020
What sort of self-delighted nincompoop compares the President’s mean tweets with journalists in Iran being jailed, tortured & sometimes killed. Your putrid reporting on Iran shows why so many in the media are held in contempt…it didn’t start with Trump’s tweets.
— Rita Panahi (@RitaPanahi) January 12, 2020
“I’m not an enemy of the people” says journalist who compares President making fun of journalists to a regime that jails and kills them
— Bongino Report (@BonginoReport) January 12, 2020
How many reporters has Trump imprisoned?
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) January 12, 2020
And you people wonder why you’re laughingstocks. pic.twitter.com/iVvuN1YMKF
— Hilohaw (@Hilohaw) January 13, 2020
Are you seriously comparing Trump to the Iranian government literally silencing their media?
Get a grip.
— The 🐰 FOO (@PolitiBunny) January 12, 2020
Drama queen. 🙄
Talk to real reporters that face imprisonment or death for reporting the truth.
Trump just makes fun of you for reporting lies.
— Steph – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@steph93065) January 12, 2020
Well–in this case, some of the greatest friends the terror regime has in the whole world are in the US media.
— mallen (@mallen2010) January 12, 2020
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