CNN anchor Jake Tapper showed a little too much objectivity for the left in response to President Biden’s dictate that companies with 100 or more employees must require COVID-19 vaccines, even though he may have thought he covered his rear by noting that the unvaccinated are being lied to.
Tapper was critical of Biden for a “scolding tone” in Thursday’s address to the nation announcing a series of steps taken to address the pandemic, the ensuing controversy serving to wipe what few reports there were of Americans being abandoned in Afghanistan from the front page.
“My message to unvaccinated Americans is this: What more is there to wait for? What more do you need to see?” the president said. “We’ve made vaccinations free, safe and convenient. The vaccine is FDA approved. Over 200 million Americans have gotten at least one shot. We’ve been patient but our patience is wearing thin and your refusal has cost all of us.”
“We’re going to protect vaccinated workers from unvaccinated coworkers,” he added, having harsher words for unvaccinated Americans than he did for the Taliban.
Tapper questioned whether Biden has the authority to do this, before highlighting the tone of the speech.
“There’s the question of coercion and there’s the question of persuasion,” the CNN anchor said Friday in an appearance on New Day. “And you see him moving from persuasion to coercion. He took on a scolding tone talking to the people who are unvaccinated, talking about how people’s patience is running out. Talking about this mandate.”
He referenced misinformation and skepticism and mentioned “quackery” from the 1970s about treating cancer.
“This is part of the American public, this is part of the ethos in this country. People don’t want big government telling them what to do,” Tapper said.
“I don’t think scolding is the approach,” he added. “There are these purveyors of misinformation out there, and they’re not just on the right — Robert Kennedy Jr. is one of the most notorious ones — and I haven’t seen the president or anyone say, look, people, like, he’s scolding the people that are being lied to as opposed to the liars.”
Tapper then linked his theory to the 2020 election.
“Like instead of saying there are a bunch of people trying to get your money, trying to get your attention, trying to get your votes, trying to get your views and clicks, they’re lying to you,” he said. “Instead of shaming the liars and trying to educate the people being lied to, he’s scolding the people being lied to. And, again, as with the election lie, you can get mad at the people who believe the lies, but the villains are the liars.”
Matthew Schmidt, an associate professor of national security and political science at the University of New Haven, characterized the speech in a similar way, calling it the “scolding grandpa” speech.
“This was a ‘scolding grandpa’ speech that will do nothing to convince people who don’t want to get vaccinated. Using his power to force businesses to force vaccination will probably work, but doing it this way will only confirm the caricature from the far right of the president as a tyrant,” Schmidt said in a press release.
On that note, some on social media seemed to agree:
Nothing says vaccines work like “TAKE IT OR ELSE!”
— Adrian Norman (@AdrianNormanDC) September 9, 2021
Any chance I had of convincing anti-vax friends and family is gone.
I’m not kidding.
— Rev. (@iMattBell) September 9, 2021
However, for the intolerant left, those driven by fear and self-interest, there simply is no excuse for straying from the Democratic plantation — those who seem to be okay with there being a dictator in the White House, as long as it’s their dictator.
Here’s a brief sampling of some of those responses from Twitter:
Maybe Jake can send them some candy and beer to entice them to get vaccinated.
— Chris D. Jackson (@ChrisDJackson) September 9, 2021
It is time for Jim Acosta to replace Jake Tapper
— Joey CA (@JoeyJYHo) September 10, 2021
Jake Tapper said Biden was “too hard” on the unvaccinated. Apparently @CNN is trying to secure their target audience of anti-maskers. The more CNN panders to anti-vaxxers, the more power they get. CNN helped Trump win in 2016. And now they’re doing it again. Shame on you, CNN.
— Uncovering The Truth (@UncvrngTheTruth) September 10, 2021
WTF happened to Jake Tapper?
He used to be watchable.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) September 10, 2021
With due respect for Jake Tapper, his expressed empathy for the intentionally unvaccinated and claiming they don’t know any better actually comes across as condescending.
— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) September 10, 2021
Jake Tapper now on CNN.
“Both sides tell lies about science.”
He’s getting on my last nerve.
— Avery Banks (@AveryBa68752542) September 10, 2021
Raise your hand if you didn’t vote for @jaketapper to be POTUS,
and don’t give a damn what he thinks about…
— Pam Keith, Esq. (@PamKeithFL) September 10, 2021
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