GOP lawmaker blasts Washington Post reporter from House floor
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In the latest dismissal of the media by a Republican lawmaker, Rep. John Duncan Jr. (R-Tenn.) used a House floor speech to personally accuse a Washington Post reporter of being a “left-wing hack.”

Duncan, who noted he studied journalism in college and once worked as a reporter, expressed anger on Tuesday with a story authored by Post reporter Philip Rucker about President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Arkansas governor says it's 'disappointing' vaccinations have become 'political' Watch live: Trump attends rally in Phoenix MORE’s response to the London terrorist attack over the weekend.


Duncan described the opening paragraphs of Rucker’s story as “biased,” “partisan” and “opinionated.”

“Philip Rucker does not now deserve the title of journalist, but instead should be referred to as a Democratic or left-wing hack,” Duncan declared.

“Apparently Mr. Rucker is so blinded by hatred for the president he cannot see straight and has written one of the most unfair, one-sided articles I have ever read.”

Rucker’s article analyzed Trump’s approach to the latest terror attack in Britain in contrast to past presidential leadership. Trump has responded to the incident by calling on U.S. courts to affirm his administration’s proposed travel ban on six majority-Muslim nations and criticizing London’s mayor with an out-of-context quote.

“A traditional president would have reacted carefully to the London Bridge terrorist attack by instilling calm, being judicious about facts and appealing to the country’s better angels,” Rucker wrote.

“But Donald Trump is no traditional president. He reacted impulsively to Saturday night’s carnage by stoking panic and fear, being indiscreet with details of the event and capitalizing on it to advocate for one of his more polarizing policies and to advance a personal feud.”

Rucker serves as White House bureau chief for The Washington Post, where he has worked since 2005. He covered the past two presidential campaigns, as well as Congress and the Obama White House.

It’s not the first time a House Republican has turned to a floor speech to criticize coverage from The Washington Post.

In February, Rep. Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksEx-Sen. Jones rips Mo Brooks over 'irony' remark on Texas Democrats getting COVID-19 Justice in legal knot in Mo Brooks, Trump case Schumer, Tim Scott lead as Senate fundraising pace heats up MORE (R-Ala.) dismissed a Washington Post fact-check debunking his claims of voter fraud as a “fake news hit piece.”

And Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), the chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee, regularly appears on the House floor to offer critiques of the mainstream media as a whole.

Smith decried a New York Times column in January linking climate change and human starvation in Africa as “fake news.” 

He also urged people in another House floor speech that month to “get your news directly from the president” because “it might be the only way to get the unvarnished truth.”

Smith leads the Media Fairness Caucus, which is described on his congressional website as an effort to “examine the causes of one-sided reporting, develop strategies to combat media bias, promote an open dialogue between members of the media and elected officials, and remind the media of their profound obligation to provide the American people with the facts.” 

“We will avoid personal attacks or gratuitous criticism of media representatives,” the description adds.