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The former ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell declared that “journalism is dead” after the double standard in covering a story on Sen. Tom Carper’s meltdown.

Grenell, the former acting Director of National Intelligence, called out the “swampy groupthink” of journalists who cover for each other’s hypocrisy after one CNN reporter’s reaction to a profane on-air rant by the Democratic senator from Delaware.

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Carper faced an apparent glitch during a virtual hearing on the Postal Service being held Friday. When Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson invited Carper to speak, he struggled with getting his connection unmuted. As Johnson tried to move on when he did not hear from Carper, the feed was suddenly back, with the Democrat yelling “f—” three times in anger.

**WARNING: Language**

An aide appeared for a moment in the video frame as Carper began to respond, with an amused Johnson asking him to unmute his screen.

“We don’t want to be on TV again,” he said, smiling.

The video of the moment got immediate attention on social media with some thinking he may have been berating the aide for the technical glitch.

But more glaring were the comments making light of the incident. Though it certainly was not a gaffe that was nationally important, a Republican lawmaker – and especially President Trump – would have been pilloried for the same thing.

CNN White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins seemed to find it refreshing.

Her tweet caught Grenell’s attention and he called it out.

Soon, CBS News reporter Kathryn Watson came to Collins’ defense, issuing a condescending “Chill, man,” to Grenell who came back swinging.

“DC reporters stick together. Always. Especially the young ones who think twitter is reporting,” he tweeted. “Swampy groupthink isn’t journalism.”

Meanwhile, Carper’s office issued a statement about his earlier meltdown.

“Like most Americans in 2020, Senator Carper got frustrated with technical difficulties this morning, but that pales in comparison to his frustration with a Postmaster General who’s actively undermining the U.S. Postal Service during a national crisis,” the statement read.

The senator doubled down on Twitter as well, trying to put the attention elsewhere.

But while Carper and others played down the incident, and liberals on Twitter applauded the rant, Grenell’s point about the double standard was more than evident to many others.

 

Frieda Powers

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