Biden supporters are furious over a Politico piece that criticized the administration’s catastrophic withdrawal from Afghanistan, with one Democratic strategist calling for the left to “freeze them out” and labeling the media outlet a “rightwing propaganda organization.”
On Tuesday, Politico ran an article entitled,”‘The definition of gaslighting’: As chaos unfolds at Kabul airport, Biden team projects calm.” It immediately enraged the left over Politico’s reporters Lara Seligman, Alex Thompson, and Alexander Ward daring to call Biden out for his debacle in Afghanistan and simply reporting the truth and the facts on the ground.
Thompson tweeted, “NEW: The West Wing is looking increasingly disconnected from reality as the Biden White House strives to project a sense of calm competence — even as the Taliban tighten their grip on Afghanistan and chaos grips the airport.”
Leftist political strategist Tom Watson shot back on Twitter, “Politico is pure disinformation now. May as well by Sputnik.”
Sullivan: “We are actually overperforming in terms of the evacuation numbers”
Lloyd Austin: “it really has been a tremendous piece of work,”
But ppl on the ground and ppl working w/ then say this is the admin “gaslighting”
— Alex Thompson (@AlexThomp) August 24, 2021
Another critic on Twitter remarked, “Politico is now Tass and Pravda. Apparatchik for TFG and GQP.”
Politico is now Tass and Pravda. Apparatchik for TFG and GQP.
— revidini (@revidini) August 24, 2021
But the grand prize for hating on Politico goes to Democratic strategist Kaivan Shroff. In a series of now-deleted tweets, he lambasted the media outlet, smearing them all over the place. He attacked their reporters and their former employees and called for the left to “freeze them out.”
“Democrats should stop speaking to POLITICO. Freeze them out. They are a rightwing propaganda organization and most of their alumni continue to do great damage to the field of journalism,” he tweeted on Tuesday.
His Twitter rant included a wide range of hating on conservatives and Politico.
Examples from evidently deleted tweets all posted on Aug. 24 include:
“How they covered racist birther Melania for 4 years…”
“Politico reporter making up a lie about Psaki screening questions…”
“Their star reporter (until recently) with this delusional thread…”
“Another one of their employees saying a White House staffer should be assaulted…”
He summed up his rant to an unidentified Politico reporter, stating, “I mean…all of these egregious examples are from the last year or so…I’d call that a pattern…but people can decide for themselves (not that you’re unbiased…since you literally have POLITICO listed in your bio lol).”
The Politico article bluntly reported how the Biden administration is living in an alternate reality these days, noting “The result is an administration that appears increasingly out of touch, as reports from Kabul continue to reflect a chaotic evacuation.”
“I don’t think the president’s rhetoric matches the conditions on the ground,” noted Jenna Ben-Yehuda in the piece. She is a 12-year veteran of the Bush and Obama State Department and president of the Truman Center, which is working to evacuate Afghan allies.
“They keep saying this was inevitable, but there absolutely was a way to avoid this — if that’s not the definition of gaslighting I don’t what is,” Chris Purdy told Politico. He is the project manager of the Veterans for American Ideals program at Human Rights First, which is also helping to evacuate people from Afghanistan.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) August 25, 2021
Democrats seemed to take great offense to Politico reporting on what these people had to say. They also apparently have a problem with the fact that it is going to be virtually impossible to get everyone out of the Taliban stronghold by the August 31st deadline despite what Biden says.
Twitter had a field day with this Democratic strategist’s meltdown against Politico:
Politico: does a little bit of occasional journalism unfriendly to Democrats.
— Dan McLaughlin (@baseballcrank) August 24, 2021
I can’t even imagine twisting myself into such a political pretzel to even believe what you just wrote pic.twitter.com/PBcLD94A8y
— Albert (@htowngator) August 24, 2021
Well when anything to the right of Lenin is "right wing"… then sure I guess.
— OGA (@PettitDanna) August 24, 2021
This is a shocking attack on the free press. I’m literally shaking right now. My 3 month old son asked me what was wrong and I couldn’t even answer him!
— S R (@s22bos21) August 24, 2021
Politico is right wing?? Hahah pic.twitter.com/I4FkYykBbv
— Golden Ratio FTW (@phikickspisbutt) August 24, 2021
How far left do you have to be to consider Politico right-wing?
— Bar Tur Abdin ܒܪ ܛܘܼܪ ܥܒ݂ܕܝܼܢ 🌲🇱🇧🇺🇸☦️ (@IbnChristo) August 24, 2021
Not licking the boot enough huh?
— RxDawg (@JeremyRayfield) August 24, 2021
Oh, my Lord, you are a hysterical ninny.
— Brian Jackson (@brianjackson502) August 24, 2021
Politico is right wing? Bahahahaha, put down the bong, dumbass.
— Steven Ray (@StevenRay01) August 24, 2021
Truly hilarious. Boycott Politico because they’re not reporting the way we want them to.
Do they teach that only one side is to be covered in journalism school now?
— VMW (@Vwms63) August 24, 2021
You can't handle scrutiny or questioning or accurate reporting on your party's clusterf*cks and failures, for some reason you think a safe space from reality will solve the problems you people create …. PATHETIC and delusional
— Emanuel Goldstein 🇺🇸 (@GoldsteinEman) August 24, 2021
Any time a media outlet isn't straight up fellating democrats you guys think they have a right wing bias pic.twitter.com/vB0KR99pSN
— Shane -DID YOU SEE THE SIZE OF THAT CHICKEN! ✝️ (@oklumberman) August 24, 2021
Must be hard when the news organizations take a week off from being Dem fanboy cheerleaders
So sorry this happened to you
— binge tweeter (@binge_tweeter) August 24, 2021
Right wing? Like Jennifer Rubin is a "conservative"?
— Pat Henry (@PatHenr96455646) August 24, 2021
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