NBC News and MSNBC national affairs analyst, John Heilemann, offered Democrats a blueprint on how to defeat President Trump at the ballot box using the latest controversy over illegal immigration at the southern border.
That’s not surprising.
What is surprising, however, is that in doing so, Heilemann appears to have accidentally admitted his political leanings despite working in a field that requires impartiality. Well, perceived impartiality anyways. We all know the media has a liberal infestation problem.
Heilemann, in a segment on MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House,” referred to the Democrat party as “we,” then proceeded to frantically walk it back.
First off, the NBC reporter took umbrage with President Trump’s comment regarding animals like MS-13 criminal illegals infesting our country.
Democrats are the problem. They don’t care about crime and want illegal immigrants, no matter how bad they may be, to pour into and infest our Country, like MS-13. They can’t win on their terrible policies, so they view them as potential voters!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 19, 2018
“Yesterday when he used the phrase ‘infestation,’ it called to mind—it was basically saying immigrants, people who come to this country are vermin,” Heilemann claimed. “That’s what he was saying.”
He added that the President was trying to appeal to White Nationalists by making the comment, because everything in the media’s eyes is racist.
“It’s the language of white nationalist, splinter, hard right crazy town parties,” Heilemann said, “and we have haven’t heard it in our politics in a long time.”
That’s when the accidental admission came out …
“You can’t go around talking about people like they’re vermin, you can’t inflict this kind of policy on Americans and not pay a political price,” Heilemann charged. “We have a great chance to inflict one on him and his party in November.”
Once he realized the error, the liberal reporter tried to put the cat back in the bag.
“We, meaning the Democratic Party does,” he distanced himself. “I’m not part of the Democratic Party, but people who object to this policy, which I think is a lot of people beyond the Democratic Party, have a chance to make the president and his party pay a price and they should.
This sounds like a guy actively rooting for a particular side of the political aisle.
Which is odd, considering a colleague at CNN once claimed this never happens.
Let me say for the billionth time: Reporters don’t root for a side. Period. https://t.co/dhH8eherOR
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) October 16, 2016
“The press needs to hold him accountable and not let him slide away from this the next course of days and let this happen,” Heilemann concluded.
Perhaps the press should worry more about reporting the truth and presenting material in a balanced manner, letting the people decide.