We’ve been giving CNN a lot of credit recently for being uncharacteristically tougher on Joe Biden and the administration, thanks to the disastrous policy in Afghanistan.
Maybe we were getting a little ahead of ourselves, because here’s how they’re framing today’s deadly terrorist attacks in Kabul:
Republicans in Congress quickly escalate their criticism of President Biden’s withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan after Kabul blasts https://t.co/Fvr2YU7TN6
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) August 26, 2021
Republicans in Congress quickly escalated their criticism of President Joe Biden’s withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan after two explosions outside Kabul’s airport on Thursday caused the first American casualties since the mass evacuation began.
While some prayed for the safety of American troops and diplomats in the immediate aftermath of the attack, other Republicans did not wait for more information about what happened before putting the blame squarely on Biden.
So Joe Biden is the victim? When the blame deserves to be placed squarely on him?
Biden has noted that the US withdrawal was set in motion by former President Donald Trump’s deal with the Taliban, and vowed to not pass on a war entering its 20th year to a fifth US president.
But Republicans quickly expressed their outrage at the White House Thursday after the attack on Americans. House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to bring Congress back into session “so that we can be briefed thoroughly and comprehensively by the Biden Administration” and pass a bill to prohibit the withdrawal of any more troops “until every American is out of Afghanistan.”
Republicans should be outraged. Everyone should be outraged. Nancy Pelosi should get Congress back in session immediately instead of tweeting about Women’s Equality Day.
CNN, meanwhile, should be ashamed.
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) August 26, 2021
Holy shit. https://t.co/lxAGxTEeac
— Chief Impact Officer BT (@back_ttys) August 26, 2021
What the hell is this? https://t.co/y9ROL1UpbV
— Isaac Saul (@Ike_Saul) August 26, 2021
It’s definitely not journalism, that’s for damn sure.
Yes, how Republicans are responding is the story here.
— Federalist Muskrat 🇺🇸 (@Muskrat__) August 26, 2021
how disgustingly *opportunistic* of them. https://t.co/G5ul7GAlHm
— Jeff B. tried to do his best, but he could not (@EsotericCD) August 26, 2021
Those darn Republicans daring to notice we were lied to about how this would all go https://t.co/5iwKe78hJL
— Sunny McSunnyface (@sunnyright) August 26, 2021
CNN literally cannot help themselves.
They are 10 dead Marines, when do you think the time would be reasonable to attack Biden?
— GOPPouncer (@Mellecon) August 26, 2021
At least 10 dead Marines.
Thank you CNN… The real story is the pouncing and not the incompetence that got 12 American soldiers killed
Our media at its best https://t.co/0esZfmuO8F
— Ahmed Al Asliken (@assliken) August 26, 2021
SEriously this is your concern when 12 US Service members have been killed? God help your souls. https://t.co/POJbWFYCGQ
— Liesbychuck2 (@liesbychuck2) August 26, 2021
You got it, CNN. Scores of people killed, including U.S. service members, but the lede here is "Republicans pounce!"
Rot in hell. https://t.co/8X0j56QDYu
— Faye Hausendorff (@FayeH321) August 26, 2021