We’ve reached the point in society where the death of a young columnist to cancer is fair game for the left’s assault on character and decency.
Nathan McDermott, a reporter for CNN’s “investigative unit,” came under fire Tuesday over a bizarre tweet in response to the recent death of a columnist at the conservative Daily Caller.
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“I didn’t know Betsy Rothstein and only read her occasionally, and I am sad that she passed away, but there’s clearly a divide in values political journalists hold when (almost) everybody mourning her online is a white reporter who covers DC,” McDermott tweeted. He continued, “And I do appreciate the irony that occurs when provocateurs who disdain sanctimony die and people get outraged when you don’t say they were perfect.”
Perhaps as unsettling as the substantive tweet itself was the gusto that McDermott defended himself. His defense was that if a “person is a public figure it’s important to discuss their legacy sincerely, even if it feels uncomfortable because they’ve died. I do agree Twitter isn’t the most nuanced place for that discussion, but think the best we can do is be honest.”
I didn't know Betsy Rothstein and only read her occasionally, and I am sad that she passed away, but there's clearly a divide in values political journalists hold when (almost) everybody mourning her online is a white reporter who covers DC.
— Nathan McDermott (@natemcdermott) June 30, 2020
Curtis Houck, the managing editor at News Busters, pointed to how confidently McDermott defended the tweet and posted, “Lucky for you that your employer supports this type of character assassination against people they don’t like. In fact, that kind of tweet is probably encouraged.”
Fox News pointed out that Matt Dornic, a CNN executive, appeared as though he did not appreciate the aggressive tweet.
“I’m grieving my friend right now. All I’m asking is that you don’t generalize it as a CNN position,” he wrote. CNN did not respond to Fox News for comment.
Tucker Carlson, the Fox News host and co-founder of the Daily Caller, wrote that Rothstein died Sunday after a long bout with cancer. He called her the “most honest person” he’s ever met. He wrote that “it sounds funny to say it now, but Betsy went into journalism because she wanted to tell the truth.”
Carlson recalled his last interaction with her. It was a few weeks ago and she was staying at her brother’s home after being sent home from the hospital. While he was leaving, she told him, “Nothing is definite.”
Carlson wrote that you think you have an idea about what is going to happen in life, but it’s “not up to you.”