Fox News host Maria Bartiromo received blowback Sunday for maintaining skepticism on the sincerity of President Joe Biden’s approach to dealing with the crisis in Ukraine.
Appearing on “Fox & Friends,” Bartiromo was asked to comment on the report that Brent Renaud, an American journalist and filmmaker, was killed at a Ukrainian-held checkpoint while filming refugees. In light of the news, Bartiromo said that Congress would have to determine how to send a message to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
However, based on discussions that she had had with unnamed individuals, Bartiromo did not seem confident that leadership could issue an appropriate response to Putin for the loss of an American civilian.
“I was on the phone all weekend with various people about this conflict right now,” she said. “What I took away from all of my phone calls is the strategy of this administration has been underwhelming and not enough.”
Bartiromo continued highlighting the slow response and mixed messaging the administration has provided thus far, citing the delay and then refusal to send fighter jets in contrast to the willingness to send javelin missiles.
Soon after, she expressed how the consensus among her sources was that “this administration does not see Putin as the enemy, they see him as a partner on many issues.”
Her suggestion caused a good deal of talking heads from left-wing outlets to not only question her current stance, but to call into doubt her entire career.
For every female business journalist watching this downward spiral, it’s like believing in Batman all your life & then one day realizing…he’s actually The Joker. https://t.co/rx3DeY4ugQ
— Stephanie Ruhle (@SRuhle) March 13, 2022
I feel like Maria jumped the shark a few years ago.
— Katie S. Phang (@KatiePhang) March 13, 2022
Seeing @MariaBartiromo go full on crazy over the course of decades is something I would never have believed when I watched her in the 90s on CNBC and she was a good interviewer with tough questions.
— (((Howard Forman))) (@thehowie) March 13, 2022
Others tried to suggest that qualifying her communications rather than openly naming her anonymous sources was code Bartiromo speaking on behalf of the network in an attempt to discredit her and her colleagues.
Every time you hear "some people say" you should immediately insert the words "what the network told me to say" in their place. The "some people" are always corporate execs.
— Brett Pransky (@BrettPransky) March 13, 2022
— Harry Grimes (@harrygr68605786) March 13, 2022
Some people have told me that they feel that Maria Bartiromo is an idiot. https://t.co/bquWRUKjMD
— Steve Metz (@steven_metz) March 13, 2022
Of course, the hyper-focus on Bartiromo’s unnamed sources completely ignored the rest of her analysis. Before suggesting Putin may be viewed as an ally by the administration, she had expressed her view that, “It seems that there is a pre-determined outcome here in place and that is a slow death for Ukraine and President Zelenskyy.”
“When is this administration going to get serious in telling Vladimir Putin we are down with partnerships?” she asked, pointing out negotiations on the Iran nuclear deal and agreements on climate change initiatives.
“I don’t know how many more deaths we’re going to be talking about until we get there but it seems right now the outcome is pretty clear,” she added, as Russian forces have continued to advance despite “deterrence” from Biden.
Bartiromo has been consistent on her skepticism of Biden’s motivations even leading up to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. A little more than a week prior to the military action, she suggested that the constant beating of the drum on threats may have been a ruse.
“Was this whole thing an effort to take attention away from what Hillary Clinton did and what we know to be a complete hoax over this Russia investigation?” Bartiromo asked her guest, Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL).
She went on to point out the inaction on sanctions that, “A lot of people have told me, sanctions should have been in place weeks ago, months ago.”
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