NASTY NBC Labels GOP Members Opposed to McCarthy as ‘Right-Wing’

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During Tuesday evening’s broadcast of NBC Nightly News, anchor Lester Holt and correspondent Garrett Haake took to the airwaves to gloat over the divisions in the House Republican conference between members who support Kevin McCarthy for Speaker of the House and members who oppose his bid. As of late Tuesday night, the House of Representatives adjourned for the day after going through three rounds of ballots to elect a Speaker. Each time McCarthy came up short of the 218 votes he needs to be elected Speaker of the House of Representatives. Haake decided to label those opposed to McCarthy as “right-wing.” Which is a common tactic in the leftist media to paint constitutional conservatives in a negative light. 

Holt kicked off the broadcast huffing: “chaos in the House! For the first time in 100 years, the election for Speaker going to multiple rounds after a group of hard-right Republicans denied Kevin McCarthy the votes he needed on the first ballot.”

He then kicked off the segment by introducing it as an “epic battle” in which “Republican Kevin McCarthy is still struggling to get enough votes to become Speaker.” Before turning to Haake, Holt described the House Speaker election as a “chaotic kickoff for the GOP as they take back control of the House.”

Haake opened his report by thumbing his nose at the few Republican viewers he has left by gloating “it’s not the kind of history Republicans were hoping to make. Tonight for the first time in 100 years, failing to elect a Speaker of the House.” 

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NBC then cut to a highlight reel that showed the results of the three rounds of voting on the House floor earlier in the day:

HOUSE CLERK CHERYL JOHNSON: A Speaker has not been elected. 

HAAKE: On ballot.

JOHNSON: A Speaker has not been elected. 

HAAKE: After ballot.

JOHNSON: A Speaker has not been elected. 

Haake then came back live and sneered that “the chaos, the result of a bitter battle between Republicans.”

He then started his nasty labeling of conservatives by referring to them as “a small but stubborn faction of right-wing members voting against party leader Kevin McCarthy.”

Ask yourself, has Haake or any member of the leftist media ever referred to the so-called “Squad” as “left-wing” or “leftists?” This kind of labeling only applies to Republicans. 

This bitterly partisan segment on NBC Nightly News was made possible by Ensure. Their information is linked. 

To read the transcript click “expand”:

NBC Nightly News
1/3/2023
7:08:06 p.m. Eastern

LESTER HOLT: Let’s get to that epic battle now starting off, the new Congress where top Republican Kevin McCarthy is still struggling to get enough votes to become Speaker. A chaotic kickoff for the GOP as they take back control of the House. Garrett Haake now with late details for us. 

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER: How do you feel about the vote? 

GARRETT HAAKE: It’s not the kind of history Republicans were hoping to make. Tonight for the first time in 100 years, failing to elect a Speaker of the House. 

HOUSE CLERK CHERYL JOHNSON: A Speaker has not been elected. 

HAAKE: On ballot.

JOHNSON: A Speaker has not been elected. 

HAAKE: After ballot.

JOHNSON: A Speaker has not been elected. 

HAAKE: The chaos, the result of a bitter battle between Republicans. A small but stubborn faction of right-wing members voting against party leader Kevin McCarthy.

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