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Thursday, March 2, 2023
MRC Defends GOP Response To Biden's State of the Union Addess
Topic: Media Research Center

As part of its lengthy freakout over President Biden's State of the Union address, the Media Research Center also defended the Republican response to it given by former Trump press secretary and current Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Kevin Tober complained in a Feb. 8 post:

During CNN’s State of the Union coverage, the assembled panel of leftists thought it was appropriate to mock Republican Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ story she told while giving the GOP response to Biden’s State of the Union about when she and President Donald Trump visited the troops overseas at Christmas. 

Referring to the moving story Sanders told about her experience, host Anderson Cooper snarked “by the way, hasn't every president visited the troops?”  

Faux conservative and co-host of the circus of clucking Hens commonly known as The View, Alyssa Farah Griffin immaturely admitted “we were all laughing” when Sanders was telling the story. 

Not understanding the point of the story, Cooper remarked that “she [Sanders] seemed to be revealing it as if it was a remarkable achievement.”

Tober didn't mention that Sanders' story was mocked because it sounded not unlike the (almost certainly untrue) stories Trump has repeatedly told of allegedly strong men who cried when they met him. (Also, she didn't actually mention Trump in her telling of this story.)

Autumn Johnson cheered how Sanders inserted right-wing narratives about "big tech" into her address:

The most telling part of President Joe Biden’s State of the Union speech was what he conveniently did not address–censorship.

Biden droned on about taxes, climate change and infrastructure, but he barely discussed Big Tech in his speech. He called for enhanced enforcement of the U.S. antitrust laws and user privacy protections, but he made no mention of Big Tech's glaring censorship problem.

Arkansas governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders showed Americans just how much Biden missed the mark when she acknowledged the vicious leftist threats to freedom of speech: 

Tim Graham complained that someone on PBS criticized Sanders: "PBS might be seen as a sleepy avenue for analysis after the State of the Union and the Republican rebuttal, but on Tuesday, new Arkansas Gov. Sarah Sanders was fiercely critical of President Biden, so Washington Post columnist/MSNBC host Jonathan Capehart uncorked a fit, lying about how Republicans want to abolish most of black history in public schools." Tober served up a similar complaint about historian Michael Beschloss:

Beschloss then went after Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders and claimed she “goes on and says, in two years the Democrats have destroyed everything, and woke mobs are running all over the country.”

Mocking Sanders, Beschloss starts looking out his home window and snarked: “I'm here in Washington D.C.. I’ll look out the window for you, Stephanie, and Ali. I don't see any woke mobs tonight. I just don't know what speech she was listening to.” 

Beschloss is a partisan hack and should never be taken seriously for anything. Which is exactly why he’s constantly invited to spew his dribble on MSNBC.

Curtis Houck groused that ABC's Jonathan Karl was "trashing her speech as 'harshly negative, almost a bit of American carnage that we saw from Trump in his inaugural address.'"Houck didn't actually dispute the assessment. He repeated that whine against an NBC correspondent who accuratedly noted that Sanders "lean[ed] into those so-called culture war issues...what she and conservatives see as sort of wokeism on the left, trying to draw the line between what she described as normal and crazy."

The MRC was still grumbling days lster. A Feb. 15 post by Houck on Nikki Haley's announcment of her presidential campaign nicked one CNN analyist who "hilariously tried to argue Haley was socially moderate because she didn’t go the route of Sarah Huckabee Sanders in the GOP’s State of the Union response with themes of 'dark[ness]' and 'critical race theory' like 'you might hear on Newsmax or Fox.'"

Posted by Terry K. at 9:29 PM EST

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