Tapper: If Obama Had Threatened The License Of Fox News, There Would Be Torches In The Street [VIDEO]

Via Mediaite:

During a panel discussion on CNN’s The Lead this afternoon, anchor Jake Tapper noted that if Trump’s predecessor had taken aim at conservative outlets in this manner, the outrage would have been so loud that we would have likely seen action in the streets.

Pointing out that he began yesterday’s broadcast by holding up a copy of the Constitution, Tapper explained that the president is “talking about getting the government to go after media organizations for reporting things he doesn’t like.”

“It just boggles the mind, if President [Barack] Obama had said that about Fox or Breitbart or whatever, I mean, the reaction — there would be people with torches in the street,” Tapper declared.

  • pj

    dont fret. don will say something even more stupid tomorrow.

  • edrex

    actually, fox news is a large reason WHY there are torches in the street.

    • Lazycrockett

      Tikis that is.

    • Rocco Gibraltar

      Tiki torches and pleated khakis, lovely combo.

  • Alternative Facts

    The obese, bucktoothed, unwashed hicks and RWNJs would have been out marching on Washington calling for Obama’s head.
    But Trump does the same thing? A collective shrug.
    Right wingers are such hypocrites.

    • Octoberfurst

      I think that the words “right-wing” and “hypocrites” are synonyms.

      • Philly Mike

        Think it? Hell it is chiseled in stone!

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      When will the Left be marching on Washington? All I see are collective shrugs on the Left, too.

      • kaydenpat

        Great question. It feels like apathy.

        • Robincho

          A question for Dumpy:
          Which is worse, ignorance or apathy?
          Dumpy’s answer:
          I don’t know and I don’t care…

    • Bluto
      • Bluto
        • kaydenpat

          And his he would pronounce Niger. That is one ignorant man.

          • Robincho

            And how DO we pronounce it? I grew up with “NIGH-jurr” but recently heard Rachel say “nee-ZHAIR”…

          • kaydenpat

            I believe that’s it.

          • Nowhereman

            I just googled it and they had it both ways.

          • Kruhn

            Rachel’s way is the appropriate way.

          • Nowhereman

            He’d probably pronounce it “Nambia”.

      • kaydenpat

        Plus the current White House occupants using private emails for official business willy nilly. Plus all of Trump’s vacations and golfing. Plus Trump’s use of teleprompters.

        Etc. Etc. Etc.

        • Nowhereman

          They really can’t see themselves in the mirror, can they? Oh–and extra points for willy-nilly. It’s one of my all time favorite words.

      • Robincho

        He thinks “Niger” has one “g” too few…

        • JAKvirginia

          Betcha he doesn’t know it’s got a river with the same name!!!

      • Nowhereman

        True that. I don’t think he’s mentioned the fires in California yet, either.

    • Nowhereman

      It’s a requirement to join their club.

  • Monty

    There are torches in the street – unfortunately they’re tiki torches wielded by Nazi douchebags.

  • greenmanTN
    • Nowhereman

      Oh that is wonderful! It would make a great desk top jack(ass) in the box.

  • Lazycrockett

    With his constant Hillary bashing over Weinstein I impressed that Jake had time to talk bout something else.

    • Pip

      They had to take a break from trying to link her missing emails to Weinstein.

  • Ninja0980

    Nice to see them getting around to Trump’s attacks.
    Had to get their Hillary bashing in first.

  • Pip

    So, I guess the question is, why aren’t we out in the streets protesting?

    • JAKvirginia

      With Trump, that would be a full time job. But then, Soros is paying good money, so…. yeah, i see your point.

    • Adam King

      Too old & crippled. Back during the Vietnam War I was, along with the huge number of young baby-boomers who were financially secure enough to use their abundant leisure time to do it. What’s the proportion of financially secure young people with abundant leisure time in the population these days?

      • Snarkaholic

        They’re all busy working (long, hard hours) for chump change on Fiverr.

      • David Walker

        Congratulations on the “financially secure” and “abundant leisure time.” Demonstrations that were not on the weekend, and there several, I had to take a day off…depending where I was employed, that was a day without pay. You and I shared a common belief, though, and whether we had the time or made the time, we stood up for what we believed. I share your “too old and crippled,” damn it, and I know young people are different per each generation. I just wish I could see my outrage and desire to change the government. It took us years to get peace talks and an end to the war; we don’t have that kind of time now.

        • Adam King

          Financially secure and leisure time are relative, of course. For many young people today taking a day off would cripple them financially or lose them their jobs. They don’t work forty-hour weeks–that’s a thing of the past. They’re wage slaves who work two jobs just to make ends meet. And there are a lot less of them than there were of us. We’re called “boomers” for a reason. They don’t have the luxury of protesting in the streets.

    • Strepsi

      It’s a valid question, the French can’t make any legislation without 10,000 people hitting the streets. Here in Quebec a threatened university tuition increase got 36,000 students in the streets.

  • Octoberfurst

    But remember folks it is the right-wingers who are all about the Constitution and freedom. Not like us commie libs who just hate freedom of speech. (Or so I am told.) But it is both amusing and frightening that all the “patriots” on the other side of the aisle think that what Trump said was OK. “Yeah the libtard media shouldn’t be allowed to tell lies about our glorious leader! We need to shut them down to save ‘Murica!” Who knew the road to fascism would be such an easy one to build?

    • JCF

      The (AFAIK) *one* Republican in my church choir, is the one w/ the “I Love the Constitution” bumpersticker. Which he’s had on there since Obama.


    • grada3784

      Since Nixon, we’ve been a Fascist land waiting for a Fuehrer.

      • TCinBerkeley

        I compare it to the rise of the Emperors in Rome. The republic was around for a couple of hundred years and then Julius and Augustus came along and folks just loved having a Big Daddy to boss the senate and the people around. Never did solve that pesky Christian problem though.

        I think it is frightening.

        • Nowhereman

          My hair’s been on fire since he rode the escalator down.

          • TCinBerkeley

            It has been about 10 months of depression and now that is turning to anger. I have been to a few protests in the time since the Inauguration and I am ready to get loud.

            I wish they would invoke the 25 and be done with it. Pence is scary in his own way, but scary I feel like is easier to deal with. (I am probably wrong about that.)

          • Nowhereman

            He wants to make our democracy a theocracy and he’s as phony as a three dollar bill.

    • Strepsi

      “Who knew the road to fascism would be such an easy one to build?”
      Um, lots of people.
      After 9-11 my husband used to look at the U.S. and say “Why does the American public have such a deep-seated yearning for fascism?

    • Nowhereman

      Putin, for one.

  • another_steve

    As horrendous as Trump’s tweets on the matter are, how’s it going to hurt him? It won’t. He needs to hold on to his base. His base is preventing impeachment proceedings from commencing.

    His base is loving this.

    • gaycuckhubby


    • Librarykid

      His base might be loving it, but the total shut down of the pharmaceutical plants which are an important part of the island’s economy could result in shortages of commonly prescribed drugs in the US. The disregard of these people is leading them to travel to the mainland which could play hell with voting patterns in the Gulf States.

  • Blake J Butler

    Tiki torches to be exact.

  • popebuck1

    No f***ing kidding.

    The GOP and its followers have made it abundantly clear, that despite all they said about Obama, they don’t really have a problem with tyrranical dictators, as long as the poor and POCs are targeted first.

    • Ross

      …and as long as the tyrranical dictators are white.

  • Todd20036

    The Nazis don’t really give a shit about the constitution, except when they can use it to justify taking away rights from minority groups they don’t like.

    • Danieruw

      Don’t forget that part about being able to stockpile surface to air missiles for “hunting”. They orgasm over that part!

  • Henry Auvil

    Tiki torches.

  • MikeBx2

    “there would be people with torches in the street,”
    This is a good example of when using the word “literally” would be appropriate.

  • Henry Auvil

    Jake “I Would NOT Tap That” Tapper.

    • gaycuckhubby

      What’s wrong with Daddy?

    • Daveed_WOW

      Well, that was a valuable contribution from the depths of your id.

  • Gustav2

    The normalization of authoritarianism

  • clay

    Liddle’ Don the Con is still using his well-practiced gangster speak of hypothetical questions to avoid direct threats, not only to protect his alternative paths, which means he can’t be evaluated on his failure rate, but also to protect himself from legal responsibility.

  • MikeBx2

    OT I didn’t read the article, but WTF? Dennis Hastert??

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    If even this, a sitting president openly discussing the shredding of the 1st amendment directly, isn’t enough to force the GOP’s hand and other conservatives, then they have nothing left to stand on. This is literally a breaking of the oath of office; why is this even being debated?

    America, you’re broken…time to either fix it now, today, immediately or admit defeat by doing nothing. The founding fathers are spinning in their graves.

    • Librarykid

      The GOP and other thugs don’t give a cold, fried damn about anything except grabbing and increasing their control over the nation through any means, fair (less likely) or foul (most likely). They figure that the only tools they need are mendacity and voter suppression.

      • David Walker

        And they know they can rest safely in the knowledge that no one is going to do squat about it. I wish we were a huge giant that wakes up and pounds the bastards to the ground. We seem more like the mouse that scurries from perceived danger.

  • gaycuckhubby

    OT… i’ve seen tons of tweets like this circulating over the last week or two.
    I don’t get it. What do people want Twitter to look like?


    • https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/12/arts/rose-mcgowan-twitter-weinstein.html

      (I believe this is the issue, her account being locked whereas Trump and Alt-Right acounts aren’t)

      • gaycuckhubby

        Right. Because she tweeted out someones personal phone number.

        And, again I know I’ll be unpopular here, but I think it’s silly to expect Twitter to ban the President

        • SoCalGal20

          Why is it silly? He violates the TOS of twitter everyday. Day after day. Twitter suspends people for what he and the Nazis and the MRA dudes do.

          Also, unlike pretty much any other person on the planet Trump has the power to start a war with his twitter insanity. So, yes, his account absolutely should be suspended.

          Not to mention, he violates the Presidential Records Act every time he deletes a tweet.

          • gaycuckhubby

            What TOS is he violating?

          • SoCalGal20

            Right from twitter’s own site.

            Harassment: You may not incite or engage in the targeted abuse or harassment of others. Some of the factors that we may consider when evaluating abusive behavior include:
            if a primary purpose of the reported account is to harass or send abusive messages to others;
            if the reported behavior is one-sided or includes threats;
            if the reported account is inciting others to harass another account; and
            if the reported account is sending harassing messages to an account from multiple accounts.
            Hateful conduct: You may not promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease. We also do not allow accounts whose primary purpose is inciting harm towards others on the basis of these categories.


          • gaycuckhubby

            Seems pretty broad and I’m sure most tweets could be argued to violate this.
            I’m ok with Twitter being pretty loose with their rules.
            But putting someones personal number is more actionable

          • SoCalGal20

            Trump, on many occasions, has targeted individual people for harrassment.
            And, remember, when he he tweets it’s not just him. It’s him and all the bots and his mob harrassing people. That in and of itself is a violation. And it’s a violation that Twitter selectively enforces.

            Also, there are women on Twitter who are threatened and doxed everyday. The women make reports and twitter does jack shit. Time and time and time again. So, while Rose McGowan may have rightfully earned the 12 hour time out for that one tweet, why is she the only one getting suspended when there are men threatening to kill people, posting their full addresses and phone numbers, etc. getting a pass?

    • Daveed_WOW

      Twitter blocked Rose McGowan – fierce feminist and supported Richard Spencer – Nazi

  • Bluto

    There are people in the street with torches, tiki nazis. Some of them very fine people.

  • andrew

    The silence of most of the Republicans in Congress in the face of so many Trump outrages show them to be cowards afraid of the extremist elements now in control of their Party.

    • Friday

      You can say that again, too. 🙂

    • Halou

      It is a problem they created, by their shameless quest for donations they opened themselves up to being taken over by the most vile haters in the nation.

  • grada3784

    When Michele Obama pushed eating healthy, the right went nuts.

    • Friday

      They fear a ‘nanny state’ because they are fricking toddlers.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      And now they have a President who basically loves lard.

      • MBear

        Prey to the lard! Lard be praised!!!

    • leastyebejudged

      As research into the human biome continues, the researchers involved are enrolling their own families into studies and markedly altering their diets.

      Every ten grams of fiber a day you consume decreases your risk of death from basically everything.

      Our ancestors consumed around 150 grams a day.

  • Friday

    He can say that again.

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    It only took Jews and Latinos having jobs to get tikis burning. There probably would have been synagogues and mosques blown up.

  • Taylor Bixler

    Well, Obama is clearly why these very fine people marched. But the march was not about Fox.

  • Baltimatt

    What license?

  • Halou

    People with torches in the street. Fine people, good people, believe me.

  • joe ho

    That’s the difference. Mainstream GOPers would have been rioting over this. Mainstream Dems, on the other hand, are yawning and thinking of excuses not to vote in the midterms.