Top Biden aide goes off on Catherine Herridge over declassified unmasking list, deletes tweet

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A top aide for former Vice President Joe Biden has come under fire for attacking CBS News correspondent Catherine Herridge over the “unmasking” of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

Biden’s rapid response director Andrew Bates slammed the CBS News senior investigative reporter as a “right-wing hack” in a tweet that he later deleted, attacking her report on a memo to Congress from acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell.

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Herridge reported on Grenell’s declassified notification sent to members of the U.S. Senate earlier this week which revealed the names of dozens of former Obama administration officials who “unmasked” Flynn. Biden, who was serving as vice president at the time, was also listed in the memo.

The Biden campaign, through Bates, issued an official statement on the “unmasking list.”

But Bates also unloaded on Twitter in a personal attack on Herridge, who joined CBS News in Oct. 2019 after more than two decades at Fox News.

“SCOOP: Catherine Herridge is a partisan, rightwing hack who is a regular conduit for conservative media manipulation ploys because she agrees to publicize things before contacting the target to ask for comment,” he wrote in a now-deleted tweet.

The Trump campaign slammed the attack as “part of an authoritarian playbook.”

Of course, the liberal media is always quick to slam Trump for his own attacks on critics, reminding him of the “Be Best” public awareness campaign promoted by First Lady Melania Trump. Yet ironically, the attack by Bates came just days after Biden declared that in his administration, should he be elected, “there will be no bullying of the media from the press room podium or by tweet.”

“A free press is essential to a free society. Tyrants know this all too well. That is why attacking the press and attempting to intimidate independent media is a standard part of the authoritarian playbook,” Biden said in a statement earlier this month. “Efforts to undermine public confidence in the integrity of fact-based reporting violate our core American values and threaten our very system of government.”

“Journalists hold those in positions of authority accountable, investigate and document abuses of power, and expose the truth for everyone to see. In a Biden White House, there will be no bullying of the media by tweet,” the statement continued.

Bates was torched for his tweet, and it was not only conservatives who came to Herridge’s defense. CNN’s Jake Tapper joined a chorus of voices, calling the attack “gross” in a tweet of his own.

Tapper couldn’t make the remark without a follow-up on Trump.

He was immediately called out for CNN’s bias.

Meanwhile, Bates continued to be lambasted on Twitter for his rebuke of Herridge.

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