CNN political commentator Tara Setmayer said on a recent podcast that Fox News "jerks the President off every day," engaging in "political masturbation."
NewsBusters' Curtis Houck reports that Setmayer made the comments on her October 30 podcast:
The podcast was taped during the liberal media-wide campaign to blame the mail bombs and Pittsburgh synagogue shooting on anyone and everyone who wasn’t a left-of-center, so Setmayer first lashed out just past the 15-minute mark, condemning the President’s insistence that the media have been to blame for the state of discourse (which polling suggested he’s right).
"He’s doubled and tripled down on blaming the media, tweeting that we are the enemy of the people. That is just so inappropriate and, you know, he won’t take any responsibility. None," Setmayer said. "I mean, with words that have come out of his mouth and what he said at rallies and the environment he’s fomented and what these — these evil people have decided to now carry out into action."
"But the part that bothered me the most about this is that so many people are just not acknowledging where Trump has some influence on this," Setmayer continued. "Did he send the bombs? Did he make the guy send the bombs? No he didn’t. Has his tone and repeated attacked on the media and repeated attacks on his political opponents set a — set a tone? Yeah, it has and he was still attacking people."
Setmayer later suggested that Fox News was responsible for the man who shot up the Pittsburgh synagogue last month.
"So, like I said, this [the shooter], this perpetrator in the synagogue massacre, he’s a self-proclaimed Nazi, hates Jews and he — he said that the caravan that was, you know, one of the things and I’m gonna — you know, he yelled out “I’m going to kill Jews and he was shooting, according to reports, he also talked about the caravan, about people coming in and invading the country and killing his people," Setmayer said. "Where do you think he got that language from? That comes right out of the President’s mouth and on Fox freaking News all damn day, especially at night on the opinion shows. Where is their responsibility?"
"But the point of that is to reiterating [sic] right of the free press and the role. It’s not to be a lapdog to the President of the United States," Setmayer continued. "It’s not to make the President, you know, feel good about himself like Fox News does, okay. Fox News jerks the President off every single day. It is political masturbation on that channel. That’s right. I said it."
"We do not go out there and deliberately lie," Setmayer claimed. "That’s not what we do. That’s not what responsible journalists do. Do we get it wrong sometimes? Yes. Are we the enemy of the people? No. Are we generating fake news on purpose? No."