Did you miss The Great Pie Controversy? Then sit down, children, and hear the tale…
It all began when White House spokesperson Sarah Hucklebee Sanders posted a photo on Thanksgiving showing a pecan pie she baked for Thanksgiving. Above is the 2:40 p.m. tweet. The next day, American Urban Radio Networks Washington bureau chief April Ryan tweeted her doubts that the pie was real, implying that Sanders was a liar. She needed to “show it to us on a table,” Ryan demanded, and had to see “folks eating it and a pic of you cooking it.”
Now, let us pause and ponder what would make someone react like that to a simple declaration that someone had baked a pie for Thanksgiving. Why would anyone set out to embarrass and impugn an individual’s honesty over something so innocuous, based on no evidence or good reason at all? This isn’t journalism. It ‘s just meanness, motivated by sheer bias and hate. Conduct like that is so contrary to the Golden Rule that it constitutes tarnish.
And, of course, Ryan’s demands were also stupid and unreasonable. How would Sanders, where she so inclined, produce photos of guests eating a pie after it had been eaten?
Never mind. This example of disgusting and gratuitous reporter enmity was quickly picked up by the anti-Trump journalism establishment as an actual news story.
The New York Daily News posted a fake news headline claiming that “No one believes that Sarah Huckabee Sanders baked this pie.” The Daily News claimed that Sanders had posted a pie image which was “stolen from PBS.” This is also idiotic. If I used an existing web photo of the same kind of pie I had just cooked to tell my followers and friends that I had cooked the pie, that wouldn’t be evidence that I hadn’t cooked a pie.
However, the image was not in PBS’s archive.
A Daily Caller reporter tweeted that “A reverse image search did not find any other pictures of the pecan pie that Sanders posted.” One reporter had the decency to apologize to Sanders for piling on.
Yet the abuse continued. An L.A. Times reporter tweeted, “#piegate is the latest example of the Trump administration’s credibility being called into question,” wrote that “only White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders can answer” whether she baked the pie or not. She answered that question when she said she baked the damn pie. Since there was absolutely no reason to doubt her other than that dictated by ant-Trump bias by partisan, unprofessional hacks like April Ryan, she was obligated to answer to nobody.
She had told Fox News’s Todd Starnes, “Of course I made the pie. I make it for every holiday family gathering and have for years.” Later she tweeted, “Don’t worry @AprilDRyan because I’m nice I’ll bake one for you next week.” She is nice. Ryan deserved no better than “Up yours, April Ryan. How about if I bake a crap pie and stick it down your pie hole?”
But that would have been uncivil and unprofessional. Like April Ryan.
Ryan then responded exactly as a hate-mongering, biased, partisan hack would be expected to. Did she apologize? No. Did she acknowledge that she had treated Sanders miserably? No. She tweeted this:
Gee, I wonder why.
Today the news came that Ryan has not been invited to the White House Christmas party. I think that’s petty, but isn’t unjust. The White House wouldn’t be obligated to invite a hostile journalist who pushed a pie in Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ face, nor a journalist who spread slanderous rumors about White House employees. The White House shouldn’t have to include Ryan in press briefings either. her conduct was unprofessional, hateful, unfair and biased, and the White House has no obligation to cooperate with unprofessional, hateful, unfair and biased partisan masquerading as reporters. An ethical news organization would apologize to Sanders and discipline Ryan. American Urban Radio Networks is apparently not an ethical new organization.
You can guess the next part, can’t you? Oh, come on: I’ll give you three guesses and the first two don’t count. Now some are reporting that Ryan is being snubbed because she is black. Of course.
April Ryan is being left out of the party because she was absurdly disrespectful, unfair and insulting without cause to a White House employee, and has neither acknowledged her wrongdoing nor apologized for it. Her behavior, and the Great Pie Controversy, epitomizes the unconscionable hate and bias routinely polluting new media coverage of this President and his administration.
ADDENDUM: Here’s a headline from progressive website Wonkettte: “Go Fuck Yourself, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, You Debased Redneck Motherfucker.”
Pointer and Facts: Newbusters