Tal Kopan is a veteran of both CNN and Politico and is now the Washington correspondent for the San Francisco Chronicle. It wouldn’t seem that far out of the ordinary, then, for her to approach Speaker Nancy Pelosi Tuesday about where the House stands on gun control legislation. Apparently, Pelosi was not a fan of the question.
Asked Pelosi about not bringing the House back in August to work on guns and she was maybe the angriest I’ve seen her:
"Don’t ask me what we haven’t done, we have done it…Sen. McConnell hasn’t acted, why don’t you go ask him if he has any regrets for all the people who died.”
— Tal Kopan (@TalKopan) September 10, 2019
Story here: https://t.co/cokwFKcgM5
— Tal Kopan (@TalKopan) September 11, 2019
Was Kopan forced out of Politico and CNN because she’s a conservative? We really doubt it. But now she’s being pummeled with accusations of partisanship and misogyny for not asking “Moscow” Mitch McConnell what he’s done about gun control.
She’s right. I saw her response and her impatience is righteous. Why not stalk the Republican Senate on this issue. As she said the House did their job in February. What was McConnell’s answer when you met him walking out with cameras? Or… didn’t you ask…
— kompromat (@kompromat666) September 11, 2019
Have you made an appt at #MoscowMitch’s office yet?
— Notswedish (@notswedish1) September 11, 2019
So, what did #MoscowMitch have to say when you asked him about this…?
— oldrn (@oldrn1) September 11, 2019
This is what internal misogyny looks like….blame a woman, who got the job done, and not the man, who isn't doing his job.
Women reporters, you know better, you need to do better.
— L S #KHive Fleming (@MaggieDog01) September 11, 2019
Wow, more than 550 likes for that one.
Well, why don't you? Seriously. Why are you tweeting about this instead of holding McConnell's feet to the fire? *He's the one who will not let it come to a vote*. What is WRONG with you?
— Unidentified Female Object 👽🛸♀️ (@ufoflying) September 11, 2019
Is it a correspondent’s job to hold a politician’s feet to the fire?
This wasn't worth a tweet or a story, it's just cowardice. Confront Mitch and hold his feet to the fire. Had you all done a better job reporting the GOP obstruction toward President Obama, I doubt we'd have an #IllegitimatePresident in the WH now.
— Gale Turner Strong (@GaleTStrong) September 11, 2019
I love that @SpeakerPelosi frequently and rightfully calls out the press on one of their favorite underlying themes: Democrats didn’t do enough; Democrats are ineffective. I’ll bet you still didn’t and won’t ask him.
— Tara ❤️🇺🇸🦅 (@TaraHenderson31) September 11, 2019
You should be embarrassed you even thought to ask her the question.
— Laura H. (@LauraKY06) September 11, 2019
I’m with Nancy, and I get why you’re being dragged here. Couldn’t you have formed a better question such as “What are your plans to pressure #MoscowMitch to take up gun reform?” That would be better news.
— Mike Prater (@emsprater1) September 11, 2019
The question should've been directed at Moscow Mitch. I would be angry too. It was a dumb question.
— 🥍 DREW . 🇺🇸 #RyanWatts2020 #EqualityAct 🏳️🌈 (@Drew_Yall) September 11, 2019
ALL OF YOU JOURNALISTS: TALK TO MITCH. Write about how unAmerican it is to block EVERY F-ING House bill. How unAmerican it is to let people get slaughtered in the streets & DO NOTHING. How unAmerican to NOT protect our elections & give Putin a green light to have his way with us.
— Bridget McQ (@b52761187) September 11, 2019
That is what you get for asking intellectually dishonest questions. She made you look foolish and that is what your deserved.
— STHU Podcast Coming Soon (@bcjcfiveoh) September 11, 2019
She’s right. You cowards flock around Pelosi, second guess her, question her about every republican transgression while McConnell, McCarthy, Jordan, Meadows, Grassley, King just walk by. Even you women don’t see the misogyny in how Pelosi is treated. It’s mob mentality.
— Jay N Peterson (@Jpete008) September 11, 2019
— Be Safe Out There (@PlatBrat) September 11, 2019
You are playing into McConnell's hands. He's using you. Do better. The country needs stronger reporters who can focus on the issues. Reporters being afraid of old white men in power is not what we need. I trust you learned something from your encounter with Speaker Pelosi. ✊🏽🇺🇸💙 pic.twitter.com/J1pUoB8jDP
— Leah Krevit 💙 (@leahkrevit) September 11, 2019
She has every right to be angry. That wasn’t even a reasonable question. She did what she was supposed to do. Her heart and rhetoric has been in the right place on the issue for decades but our complicit media won’t even look McConnells way. Y’all have no courage. We see you. pic.twitter.com/v9tQhncgOf
— MilkChocolateMAK (@NovusDivus) September 11, 2019
You deserved that. I know it's almost impossible to get people to do better, but ffs, DO BETTER. Be the one fucking reporter with enough guts to face down McConnell.
In a world full of yammering both-sidesers, be Nellie Bly. We need Nellie Bly.
— Gingersnap 🌈🥀🍷🍪🖋️🦄 (@TheCheekyGinger) September 11, 2019
Isn’t there one reporter with the guts to question this maniac?
She was right what an ignorant question 💯
— Manny Ulibarri (@MannyUlibarri) September 11, 2019
I agree with her. Why are journalists always asking these questions of the wrong people? It’s like you coddle Republicans and go after Democrats who are actually doing the work.
— 🇺🇸Jen Demands Impeachment🏳️🌈 (@realjenleona) September 11, 2019
Was it you the one with the question? If the answer is yes, then you and every other stenographer who asks those idiotic questions completely deserve a good kick in the ass by Pelosi.
In fact, she's got too much patience.
— Citizen, Interrupted (@NYwonk) September 11, 2019
She's absolutely right. Why don't reporters get in McConnells face?
— Gigi Wilson #Resist #ImpeachTrump (@RealGigiWilson) September 11, 2019
She’s right. Leave her the hell alone on guns. Target #MoscowMitch. People are dying as a result of his inaction.
Ask her why they didn’t come back for impeachment. We’re at great risk. His criminality & divided loyalty continues. Democracy dies as a result of her inaction.
— Karen Myatt (@karenamyatt) September 11, 2019
Good. She's right. Have you stalked Mitch McConnell and asked him if he's ashamed of not acting?
— Kamala Harris Period. #KHive#Kamala2020 (@KildayMorgan) September 11, 2019
— Sigmundine (@Sigmundine2) September 11, 2019
So far we have a correspondent who’s supposed to “stalk,” “hound,” and “target” politicians on issues. Republicans are so lucky to have the media on their side.
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) September 11, 2019