Mainstreaming Extremism At CNS: The Boebert Brigade
Just as it did with Marjorie Taylor Greene, CNSNews.com is promoting far-right Rep. Lauren Boebert while censoring her history of extremism and lies.
By Terry Krepel
Colorado Republican Lauren Boebert, who was elected to Congress on Nov. 3, reportedly has asked what the rules are to carry a gun on Capitol Hill and in her congressional office.
Chapman was also censoring information from his reader: Boebert, like Greene, has been a follower of QAnon.
That's not all. In articles on Nov. 5 and Nov. 18, Patrick Goodenough listed both Greene and Boebert among newly elected "pro-life Republican women" in Congress without disclosing their QAnon extremism.
And on Nov. 12, Lucy Collins reported that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was asked "about two new members who were subject to controversy and ties to QAnon" but refused to identify them as Greene and Boebert. Collins uncritically reported McCarthy's statement that "both of them have denounced QAnon," which is not true; while Boebert has since tried to distance herself from QAnon, Greene had not until it became an issue in the House.
Susan Jones penned a gushy article about Boebert on Jan. 5:
Colorado's newly elected U.S. Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert on Tuesday described herself as "a 34-year-old woman who wants to protect herself in this dangerous city, here in our nation's capital" -- by carrying a gun.
In a post-riot Jan. 15 article, Melanie Arter featured how Boebert "called out Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) on Thursday for implying that she gave a tour of the U.S. Capitol building to 'insurrectionists' a day before the Capitol riots." It wasn't until the seventh paragraph that Arter got around to admitting that "Maloney didn’t name Boebert in his interview as the person who gave the tour."
None of these articles mention Boebert's extreme views, even though CNS is not shy about highlighting what it considers extreme views of Democratic politicians.
After this, Craig Bannister became Boebert's biggest champion at CNS. During February's cold snap and resulting power crisis in Texas, Bannister touted how Boebert "urged followers to watch a video clip she posted of Fox News Host Tucker Carlson 'exposing the green energy scam and how bad policy hurts people'" and claiming that "frozen wind farms in West Texas caused power outages in the state when temperatures fell to one degree Fahrenheit in Dallas." In fact, many different power sources failed in Texas due to inadequate winterizing, not just wind and solar.
Bannister gushed over Boebert again in a March 4 article:
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) is going to force Democrats’ entire, pork-laden so-called “COVID relief” bill to be read aloud in the Senate before it’s voted on and Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) thinks that’s such a great idea that all bills should be read aloud in Congress so Americans can know what’s in them.
Bannister followed up with even more gushing on March 16:
“The Left attack women who are too strong for their liking every single day, then claim there’s a ‘war on women,’” Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) says.
Speaking of censoring, there's another story CNS won't tell its readers. As an actual news outlet reported:
We’re often interested in the “origin stories” of politicians regular lines that they use over and over to explain their political motivations.
So her basic origin story is a sham. Why won't CNS tell its readers the truth? Because she's more useful as a right-wing attack dog. Thus, Boebert continues to get the fawning CNS treatment. Bannister touted a mean so-called joke from Boebert in a May 18 article:
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) says Americans should “Get ready for new videos of Joe Biden sniffing people to start surfacing again” and that she’s got a plan to ensure she doesn't become one of them.
On May 21, Melanie Arter promoted whining from Boebert and other Republicans about mask requirements on the House floor:
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) and fellow House Republicans are fed up with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) rule that all House members must wear a mask on the House floor whether they are vaccinated or not.
Arter didn't mention that Boebert is apparently refusing to get a COVID vaccine, which would help Pelosi want to lift mask mandates in the House.
Bannister returned on June 8 to promote a Boebert stunt:
Since Border Czar Kamala Harris won’t visit the U.S. southern border to see the crisis unfolding, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) took a cardboard cut-out of the vice president there at told her to “Stand here and look at what you’ve done.”
Meanwhile, CNS has yet to tell its readers that Boebert had just bought into a conspiracy theory that the Clintons caused the death of a reporter -- or any of the other extremist conspiracy theories she has latched onto, like QAnon. One might call that biased and dishonest reporting.
The love for Boebert continued, as Bannister gushed in a June 29 CNS article:
The more Democrats threaten to deprive Americans of their Second Amendment rights, the more Americans will buy guns, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) said Monday in a speech on the House floor.
By contrast, you won't read at CNS about any of the following Boebert shenanigans that happened over the ensuring month:
But if Boebert again says something clickbait-y that advances CNS' right-wing narratives, CNS will undoubtedly be all over it. Indeed, Arter touted in an Aug. 13 article:
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) said Friday that she has introduced a resolution to censure President Joe Biden for his handling of the border crisis, and she supports her colleague Rep. Andy Biggs’ (R-Ariz.) efforts to impeach DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.
Chapman followed on Aug. 26:
In the wake of the bombing at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan that killed at least 12 U.S. soldiers and an unconfirmed number of civilians, House Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) said President Joe Biden has blood on his hands for failing to competently plan and execute the withdrawal from Afghanistan.
While CNS was serving as Boebert's press office, here's what it didn't report:
But that's not news at CNS (though it would be if Boebert was a Democrat). Hating on Biden is, and it doesn't hare how extreme or marginalized the right-winger attacking him is.