Biden Aide Goes Off on CBS Reporter Over Flynn Unmasking

Biden Aide Goes Off on CBS Reporter Over Flynn Unmasking

As more and more documents about the Flynn case have been released for all the public to see, it’s only reasonable and quite expected that journalists and reporters from just about every prominent news outlet in the nation would want to share the updates. But apparently, this is nothing but a low-down nasty political trick to some. Or at least that’ what one of presidential candidate and the assumed Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s top aides think.

On Wednesday, GOP Senators Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson published a recently released list of names from the Obama administration who had requested that LGT Michael Flynn be “unmasked.” So naturally, by later in the day, these documents were pretty much public knowledge. It is then that CBS veteran investigative reporter Catherine Herridge tweeted out the news.

Her post read: “SCOOP @CBSNews obtains @RichardGrenell notification to congress declassified “unmasking list” Flynn between late 2016 and January 2017 – Read 3 pages provided by NSA here.” Included in the post were images of the documents with a list of names what type of request they had filed to have Flynn unmasked.

Among one of the many names is Joe Biden, who, at the time of the ‘unmasking,’ was vice president to Barack Obama and a person who was definitely given knowledge about the Flynn case.

Naturally, when something as damning as this is presented as breaking news, the Biden campaign wasn’t exactly pleased. However, his rapid response director Andrew Bates took things a bit farther by personally attacking Herridge for just doing her job.

He rapidly, or as one social media user pointed out, rabidly commented on Herridge’s post by calling her a “partisan, rightwing hack” because she simply failed to contact the Biden campaign before publishing the list.

“SCOOP: Catherine Herridge is a partisan, rightwing hack who is a regular conduit for conservative media manipulation ploy because she agrees to publicize things before contacting the target to ask for comment.”

Bates must have also rapidly realized his mistake because it didn’t long for him to delete the tweet. After all, just ten days before his attack on Herridge, his boss had released a public statement that promised that there would be “no bullying of the media by tweet.”

The statement said, “Attacking the press and attempting to intimidate independent media is a standard part of the authoritarian playbook. 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 announcement was meant as a jab for President Trump, as he has frequently been unashamed to go after journalists who report untruths or partisan lies.

However, Bates must have missed this announcement. Herridge did exactly what Biden said her job was. She held him accountable by investigating and documenting abuses of power, as well as exposing that abuse to the world. And yet apparently, his very own aide can’t see it that way.

Bates, while he did delete his post, only did so as not to taint his boss’s name anymore. But he clearly isn’t sorry for what he said. Not only has Bates not made an apology either personally or on a public forum to Herridge, but he even proceeded to retweet someone else’s similar response to the reporter’s post, calling into question by she had even been hired in the first place.

“Yep- the question is why did cbs hire her.”

While Bates didn’t say this directly to Herridge himself, the fact that he retweeted it implies that he agrees with it. That’s two personal attacks to a well-respected media member within the same day, all for just doing her job.

Even Democrats disagreed with Bates’s reaction, saying that while they expect such “low” actions from Trump, this was “beneath integrity of Biden campaign” and not helping their “candidate.”

These same users, as well as many others, proceeded to defend Herridge and state that she was only doing her job, even implying that if she hadn’t reported it in this way, she would, in fact, have “failed at your job and are actively facilitating a partisan political scheme.”

But ‘partisan hacks’ like Bates will likely never see it that way.


279 thoughts on “Biden Aide Goes Off on CBS Reporter Over Flynn Unmasking

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    1. Catherine Herridge has a reputation for being a straight shooter and always vets her sources and verifies her data. If anyone should be shamed it’s Bates and clearly he is not a journalist himself. He’s just another propaganda hack who defiled his boss further into the morass of the lovely muck raking, stinking swamp Of the Deep State. The sooner he gets fired the better. He apparently ignores his boss’ orders Another scum bucket revelation.

      1. Your right Kathleen, her reputation is impeccable. Apparently the Biden campaign cannot handle the truth and they will just TRY to lie their way out of it however we know the truth now and it doesn’t matter what they TRY to say, they’re lying!

  1. BS — President Trump couldn’t possibly go as low as the whole of the demoSCUM party including gropin joe have already gone. The whole party is a disgrace to the political world.

  2. MSM is for corupt biden .plan and simple.they are not news.just part of the corupt dems party to push lies and spin the truth. Try to cover up the truth .wont report the truth .China does the same to their people .read the writing on the wall.

  3. The problem I have with the current democrats is that people vote democrat because they think it is the cool kid party. that is not a reason to vote it is a psychosis

    Biden’s aid sounds like one of the Bernie Bros! Are the Biden folks going to start threatening to beat us up like Biden did and Bernie bros did?

    maybe we should just have an all out brawl and who ever is left standing gets to decide who the president is; Trump or the rapist or the rapist’s replacement.

  4. Catherine was long time respected journalist with FOX and never run down by reporters. She went with the money and now seems on several occasions has been attacked, probable because she joined the attack dogs.
    I respected her along with anyone that watched her.

  5. I have been watching this president boost the economy, fight off the last presidents corruption, this president has fought off the corona virus, the media, the democrats, and even some mental defective named Creepy joe….. Catherine Herridge was doing her JOB…. Creepy joe is Doing His Pahhty’s bidding without much success…. PRESIDENT Donald J. Trump is doing The American Citizens Bidding with a great deal of success…. and in the process is exposing a lot of the demonRAT failures and Hoaxes, corruption and Abuse of Law….

  6. Bates is just like the rest of his ilk…Do what WE say, not what WE DO!!! Name calling/shaming after your BOSS JUST said, “there will be no bullying of the media by tweet.” By the way, removing a tweet NEVER works, people saw it and it went VIRAL before you could. Lastly, an apology from this jerk would be like NYT doing one on page SIXTEEN. Not genuine, thus Meaningless.

  7. Catherine is spot on Joey and his group just don’t know how to respond to remarks that make Joey look bad. Maybe Joey should attempt to come out of his basement where he has to do a real time interview instead of a taping of his responses that I am sure if truth be known and with his present mental capacity, non of those interviews are done live but taped with several hours made available to make sure he looks somewhat coherent when answering the questions. If you watch his interviews there is never a clock present and the pre taped one last week was funny because he started to answer the question before the young man had finished the question

  8. The reporter did exactly what she should have done and did it in a proper manner, staying bipartisan she did her job. And it’s very surprising to know that there is a reporter that works for CBS that has the nerve to report the news without making up false information to hide the things the Democrats are involved in. This Bates fellow responded exactly in the manner in which I am sure Biden would have responded, if he were not so tied up with traveling the country spreading his lies and hiding from the law, oh and continuing to be the little pedo perv he is by touching every woman and female child he comes into contact with.

  9. Could someone tell me why the Socialists Democrats are always so angry? If it was not for Conservatives they would not be able to express themselves with Free Speech. They should be thankful for Conservatives who protect their rights and others. The ideals of Conservatism is to comply with and defend the US Constitutional Rights of ALL CITIZENS. It is so amazing to me to think that in America can actually goes from Rags to Riches, have a voice in their government, and life their life according to their own beliefs, yet are willing to give this all away so they can be controlled by the Political Elite and become virtual Political Slaves. Where is their pride? Those who preach SOCIALISM claim the citizens will get what they deserve to get and all will be “right with the world”. If citizens lose their Individual Freedom how can anything be “right with the world”. Did our GOD put us on this Earth to be slaves? Of course not. Our GOD put us on this Earth to live productive lives. Politics is not living life, it is the process of making other’s agenda their agenda. It is a battle of minds. How one person can dominate the narrative with words. Book learning can give you knowledge, but it does not give you WISDOM. WISDOM is gained by trial and error. Comparing two views and making the right decision. If you make a bad decision then you learn from your mistake to not make this mistake repeatedly. Some people call it common sense.

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  11. Is it possible to have a comment from progressives that contain the whole truth without their personal vitriol taking the headline? Is it possible to listen to political dissent without personal animosity? Is it possible to be an America who adores the nation and is willing to defend it no matter the circumstance or is it just always going to be, “we hate America and all it stands for therefor we hate you who make America possible?

  12. Guess you should have done what you said you were going to do ages ago, go play ball behind the gym, but since you decided to play with someone else’s ball game, guess you found out there are not really 4 strikes in the game, and now that one is all yours to keep. Hard to believe your lover stuck the screws to you in the long run. Who me?, oh no By The Book, well you know now it was his book. Why do you think he didn’t support you day one. Well answer is not really hard to figure out, exactly what everyone really knew from the start. You Cheat, you put your pecker right in the right book. You will pay that price.

  13. Katherine Herridge is an impeccable journalist who reports verifiable facts and draws reasonable conclusions from the information she has at hand. She does not invent evidence and lets the facts steer her, unlike others at CBS, CNN, MSNBC, and other media outlets. There, Mr Bates. I fixed it for you.

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