Double Standard: CBS Scolds Oregon GOP Senators for Fleeing State to Block a Bill

NewsBusters | 6/25/2019 | Staff
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CBS Evening News targeted GOP state Senators in Oregon for ridicule and scorn Tuesday night, after some went into hiding and others fled the state in order to block a vote on a controversial climate change bill. In a video call with one Senator, CBS correspondent Carter Evan wondered: “What are you afraid of? Are you afraid of democracy?”

But back in 2011, CBS threw its full support behind Wisconsin Democrats who used the same tactic to protect public sector unions from then-Governor Scott Walker’s budget cuts.

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Evans boasted that “state Democrats even made a wanted poster, harkening the days of the wild west”. He even shared a picture of it that suggested the Republican Senators were “fugitives from justice” that were “on the run”. “Reports indicate they may be in this vicinity,” the poster warned Oregonians.

Meanwhile, then-CBS correspondent Cynthia Bowers cheered on the Wisconsin Democrats by suggesting they had “become heroes to protesters.” “Now comes word, albeit, from a Republican, some may be ready to come home and concede," she lamented in early March of that year.

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CBS was impressed with how Oregon Governor Kate Brown (D) “sent the State Police after them”. “So Oregon Governor Kate Brown said she had no choice but to send out a posse,” Evans quipped with glee.

But when Democrats deployed the tactic, then-CBS Early Show co-host Erica Hill touted it as a way for those Wisconsin Democrats to "work together" with "more moderate Republicans" to "come to some sort of agreement that could then put pressure on the [Republican] Governor."

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In a video call with Republican State Senator Tim Knopp, Evans seemed to accuse the Senator of being “afraid of democracy”:

EVANS: Some have now fled the state. We video-conferenced with Republican Senator Tim Knopp, now in hiding.

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