Sunday’s edition of “MediaBuzz” with Howard Kurtz became a forum for contentious arguments between “Fox & Friends Weekend” co-host Will Cain and Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera. The two disagree on the politics that have emerged following the assault on Paul Pelosi in San Francisco.
There are two recurrent themes, one from the left and one from the right, and people seem to be reacting to those themes even more than they are reacting to the violent attack itself.
(Video: Fox News)
Some commentators on the right have wanted to conclude from all the strange facts that have dripped out each day about the case that there was a gay relationship between Pelosi and his attacker, David DePape. Democrats object vehemently to this speculation, which causes further interest among conservatives who wonder why those who celebrate and parade gay themes would be so defensive in this particular case.
Meanwhile, Democrats and the leftist media have been busy blaming the attack on Republicans. They claim that the aggressive demonization of the victim’s wife, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, caused the depravity of mind that precipitated the violence.
Will Cain became passionate about President Joe Biden’s mendacious characterization of half the country over one person’s horrifying act, while Rivera mostly filibustered to keep Cain from driving that point home.
Kurtz started the conversation by referring to DePape’s confession that he planned to kidnap the speaker and kneecap her if she refused to tell the truth. He then pointed out that the “media’s handling of the attack has become entangled with the midterm campaign,” and proved it by rolling tape on both sides of the issue. Included in the montage were two Democrats (Chris Hayes and Joe Scarborough) and two Republicans (Jesse Watters and Sean Hannity).
Cain was the first to weigh in.
“The efforts by the media to paint this into a larger narrative to smear their political opponents is the reason for the existence of conspiracy theories,” said Cain, who also indicted NBC and Politico for their part in creating the misinformation in the first place.
“So if you put out false information, how can you then indict people for understanding that false information?” he said. “When you go from 0-60, you go from scant details to indicting an entire sector of political opponents. When you draw big, large narratives…I think that’s where the media makes a massive mistake.”
Kurtz asked Rivera whether Elon Musk, Larry Elder, and Donald Trump Jr should apologize for insinuating that DePape was a male prostitute rather than deleting their tweets on the subject.
“Yes. Yes they should,” responded the mustachioed provocateur officiously.
“And Will’s analysis is baloney,” he added without addressing the substance of Cain’s analysis.
Cain put up with Rivera’s diatribe against the “low-down and dirty” homosexual speculations that have been bandied about before asking, “What part of what I said was baloney?”
Rivera started to answer vaguely but retreated to his main point.
“Do you jump into a gay tryst?…Do you jump right into the gutter?” he asked
“No,” said Cain, who had not mentioned that at all and wanted to press Rivera on the substance of what he had said.
Nevertheless, Cain responded to Rivera’s contention. “I do not think you take those scant, false, bad details as provided by law enforcement and media outlets and jump to absurd conclusions.”
He then pressed Rivera on how President Joe Biden wants to indict “50 percent of America for their political beliefs” by connecting conservatives to the attack on Pelosi.
“You’re gaslighting!” Rivera accused. “What does that have to do with the slander of Paul Pelosi?”
Watch the exchange and judge which man is guilty of gaslighting.
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