Rule One when it comes to journalists: write about that which you know and there should at least be an appearance of objectivity. Neither appear to have been practiced by 60 Minutes Australia’s Liam Bartlett when it came to his portrayal of Donald Trump, January 6th, Arizona gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake, and Trump supporters in general. In what clearly comes off as liberal projection, Bartlett gave his Australian viewers the impression that Trump Republicans are instinctively vindictive and enforce disloyalty with reflexive violence.
Why do Republicans insist on granting interviews to unfriendly news outlets for what will end up being a misleading presentation to a partisan audience, especially when certain facts presented are obviously wrong? Bartlett introduced Kari Lake as a “Fox News host” and we all know anything involving Fox News to a liberal is as toxic as it comes. The problem is Kari Lake has never worked for “Fox News”.
In 1999, Kari Lake became an evening anchor for KSAZ-TV (Fox 10 Phoenix), working there until resigning in 2021 to run for governor of Arizona.
Working for an affiliate is different than working for the network channel, especially given how local stations are manned by more liberals than conservatives; something Bartlett knows but withheld from his 60 Minutes Australia audience.
It also sounds as if Liam Bartlett has never been to a Tea Party or Trump rally prior to January 6th. There have been hundreds of those gatherings nationally and there consistencies: the police were there only because it was a public gathering and for the most part, they were greeted with smiles and thanks. Another consistency was wherever conservatives met, the area was almost always cleaner than when they first arrived; something that can’t be said of any liberal event.
As many of us who’ve attended both know, conservative rallies were always “peaceful”; the only exceptions being when liberals showed up to counter protest. Those exceptions became violent in 2016 during the campaign of Donald Trump. So, Bartlett’s inference that he or liberals in general are at risk of personal injury just being around Trump supporters is not only dishonest but potentially dangerous.
Conversely, it could be suggested that conservatives, be they politicians, election officials or ever Supreme Court judges, are intimidated by potentially violent liberals who were encouraged by a congresswoman to follow around members of the Trump Administration in public venues and as it turned out, even at their homes.
Let’s make sure we show up wherever we have to show up. And if you see anybody from that Cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. And you push back on them. And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere.
— Rep. Maxine Waters, 6/23/18
Like a good liberal, Bartlett made the majority of his interview with Kari Lake about Donald Trump, “The Big Lie”, and January 6th; topics he seemed to be fairly ignorant of, especially voting law controlled by the states, and the only thing he seems to have come prepared with was liberal media talking points that the 2020 election was so fair, there’s no need to even discuss the concerns of Americans.
Hopefully this “interview” will put any Trump-supporting Republican on alert. Lake, as an experienced journalist, knows all the rules and how they are broken by the media, thus having her own camera rolling provided appropriate cover. One can only imagine how 60 Minutes Australia would have presented Lake to their audience if she didn’t preempt their airing with her own release of the interview and Bartlett’s unprofessionalism.
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