Under Fire on CBS, Liz Cheney Brings the Heat on the Socialist Squad

Ryan Saavedra of the Daily Wire offered this reaction on Twitter after watching Sunday's edition of Face the Nation on CBS: 

How many times CBS News'[s] Margaret Brennan interrupted the following politicians on Face the Nation this morning:

Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff (CA): 0
Democrat Sen. Cory Booker (NJ): 1
Republican Rep. Liz Cheney (WY): 12

Twelve is under-counting. Looking at the official CBS transcript, Schiff and Booker are allowed to unfurl long answers that take up 16, 17, even 22 lines in the transcript. But Cheney can't seem to complete a sentence half the time. How does Brennan think this doesn't make her and CBS look unfair and unbalanced? (This isn't even counting Major Garrett routinely interrupting Vice President Pence at the top of the show.)  

Cheney was under fire, but she brought the heat about the socialist Squad and their wild-eyed proposals and "concentration camp" smears: 

MARGARET BRENNAN: The President this morning tweeted that they don't love their country.

LIZ CHENEY: You've made that point, Margaret, yes.

BRENNAN: The rest of the world is also watching this, though.

CHENEY: That's right.

BRENNAN: Canada's prime minister said the comments made were "hurtful, wrong, completely unacceptable." Germany's chancellor said these sentiments are in opposition to her impressions about the U.S. and she expressed solidarity in her words "with the attacked women." The prime minister of the U.K. issued a statement condemning this, of New Zealand. These aren't members of the media, these are world leaders. Should Americans find the comments from the President acceptable?

CHENEY: Margaret, listen, I know you want to continue to talk about this as though it had to do with race. I know you want to continue to talk about it, as though it had--

BRENNAN: You think all those world leaders--

CHENEY: Margaret, I just let you-- I just let you--

BRENNAN: --misunderstood everything?

CHENEY: Look, I don't think the American people are going to look to foreign leaders to tell us who should lead the nation. They are not going to look to foreign leaders to tell us whether or not we should be a socialist country. Thank goodness, we won't do that. We depend upon those people who are elected. And I think that when you see the-- the Democratic members of Congress standing up and saying that they want to, you know, that-- that we have concentration camps on our borders, that they want to provide free health care for illegal immigrants, that they want to --

BRENNAN: Sure.

CHENEY: -- end private health insurance, that they want to impose socialism on this country, they need to defend those policy positions and we are going to take every opportunity to make sure the American people, who are the ones that are going to make this choice, come November 2020, recognize the fundamental choice that we're all facing.

While Brennan asked Booker and Schiff if the Republicans have a point about the Democrats, but it comes with skepticism already attached. To Booker: "Do you think there is any merit to the argument that Democrats need to-- to police their own ranks, that some of these progressive Democrats in the House have been reckless with some of their language?"

She doesn't quote any statements from the Squad in the way she was quoting foreign leaders in Liz Cheney's interview. She could have asked Booker about Rep. Ayanna Pressley saying at the Netroots Nation conference:  “We don’t need any more brown faces that don’t want to be a brown voice. We don’t need black faces that don’t want to be a black voice. We don’t need Muslims that don’t want to be a Muslim voice. We don’t need queers that don’t want to be a queer voice.”

She quoted it elsewhere in the show, but Booker tweeted after the Squad press conference this week: "Thank you for speaking your truth today and always @AyannaPressley, @IlhanMN, @AOC, @RashidaTlaib." 

Brennan began the Booker interview with a question he clearly felt was easy: 

BRENNAN: Senator, you compared President Trump to George Wallace, the segregationist Democrat from Alabama. You said the President's own words were a disgusting display of racism and bigotry, are you accusing the President of being a racist?

SEN. CORY BOOKER: I'm accusing him of being worse than that.

CBS doesn't seem to find any recklessness on the liberal side of politics.

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