Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel criticized the founder and editor-in-chief of Politico on Wednesday for a tweet that appeared to subliminally call the president a white nationalist, according to The Hill.
Politico editor John F. Harris replied on Twitter to an NBC News story about a white nationalist wanting to take over the GOP, saying "Thought that job had already been filled."
Thought that job had been filled..... https://t.co/35GUSXGhWU— John F. Harris (@John F. Harris) 1539785876.0
McDaniel took a screenshot of Harris's response and called it out as an example of why people don't trust the media.
"This offensive statement from the head of Politico is another example of why distrust in the media is at an all-time high," McDaniel wrote.
This offensive statement from the head of Politico is another example of why distrust in the media is at an all-tim… https://t.co/kKlviAeZVW— Ronna McDaniel (@Ronna McDaniel) 1539794608.0
What was the response?
Others were shocked by the open display of anti-Trump bias from such a prominent member of the media.
"This from the editor in chief and co-founder of @Politico," tweeted conservative Arthur Schwartz. "Until this guy is gone from Politico, no Republicans should take calls from or help his reporters. He’s not hiding it — this is what he thinks of us. Despicable."
Sebastian Gorka, a former Trump administration adviser, concurred with Schwartz.
"It's not brain surgery," Gorka wrote to Schwartz. "Politico is a branch of the DNC. A radical one. It has nothing to do with journalism."
I never have. It’s not brain surgery. @politico is a branch of the @DNC. A radical one. It ha… https://t.co/zvfXmz5axP— Sebastian Gorka DrG (@Sebastian Gorka DrG) 1539789299.0
Harris walks it back
After being called out by numerous conservatives, Harris admitted that the tweet did give an appearance of improper bias, and attempted to clarify.
"A fair point @ArthurSchwartz , this could be interpreted as broad swipe rather than a quip about the headline on the NBC piece," Harris wrote. "Sometimes wisecracks get lost in Twitter translation so appreciate the chance to clarify."
A fair point @ArthurSchwartz , this could be interpreted as broad swipe rather than a quip about the headline on th… https://t.co/7EZzfe8Bee— John F. Harris (@John F. Harris) 1539791736.0