Despite numerous good faith efforts, CNN’s John King and Dana Bash ignored repeated requests from Breitbart News asking them to condemn and/or comment on a fellow journalist openly mocking the Christian faith of Wisconsin Republican Governor Scott Walker.
Taegan Goddard, publisher and writer of the Political Wire, blasted Walker Tuesday for engaging in the long-held Christian tradition of engaging in prayer and discernment. “I’m still trying to decipher if this is God’s calling,” Walker told the Wall Street Journal in response to a question about finalizing a presidential run.
Bask and King’s media colleague Goddard responded with the kind of bigoted mockery that would see him lose the good opinion of the DC media were Walker anything but a conservative Christian:
Walker Has Not Communicated with God
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) frequently says he’s waiting for “God’s calling” to run for president, so he was recently asked under public records laws to provide call “a copy/transcript of all communications with God, the Lord, Christ, Jesus or any other form of deity.”
Walker’s office responded that no such records exist.
King, CNN’s Chief National Correspondent, and Bash, CNN’s Chief Congressional Correspondent, have been two of the most outspoken political reporters demanding the GOP as a whole repudiate and condemn former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s personal opinion (shared by many) that Obama doesn’t love America.
Again and again on CNN, for days after Politico unethically reported Giuliani’s off-the-record comments, Bash and King practiced a form of McCarthyism by repeatedly insisting that Republicans not only repudiate Giuliani for holding an opinion the media will not tolerate, but that Republicans go even further and prove their loyalty to Obama by vouching for his patriotism.
Both King and Bash wrapped this McCarthyism in the guise of reporting, but the underlying threat to the GOP was clear: vouch for Obama’s patriotism and Christian faith or CNN will brutalize you. Naturally, Scott Walker was held up to special ridicule.
As we have seen with The Washington Post’s Dana Milbank and The National Journal’s Ron Fournier, the media have one standard for Republicans and another for themselves and Democrats. Republicans must pass the media’s loyalty test by condemning any opinion the media find unacceptable. Democrats are never held to this standard.
And as we can see with the universal refusal to condemn a media colleague’s mockery of Scott Walker, the media believe they are above their own standards.
As human beings, how hard is it to condemn anti-Christian bigotry? Apparently, very hard when you risk violating the media’s Omerta code.
Breitbart News attempted to contact Bash and King via email, Twitter, and a detailed messages left at CNN’s DC headquarters. We will update this report should they choose to respond.