CBS Worries: Is 2020 Democrat Really a Liberal? (Spoiler Alert: She Is)

NewsBusters | 1/17/2020 | Staff
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If there’s one thing CBS This Morning journalists have been worried about during the 2020 Democratic primaries, it’s whether the various candidates are liberal enough. That trend continued on Friday as co-host Tony Dokoupil pressed Amy Klobuchar on whether she’s “progressive” enough for today’s Democratic voters. He also demanded the Senator endorse a wealth tax.

After noting that socialist Bernie Sanders is far-left, Dokoupil lectured, “I was looking at a report just this morning that said that the average family, the typical family is poorer today than they were back in 2000. Life expectancy in this country is falling.” He worried:

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There are big problems. And yet, you have got this more moderate position. Are you out of step with, maybe, the progressive vision that's working for these other candidates?

Klobuchar is not a moderate. Her lifetime American Conservative Union score is 4.7. Here 2017 and 2018 scores are 5 and 0, respectively. As a comparison? Sanders’s lifetime score is 6.7 So who’s the moderate in this case?

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Dokoupil followed up by encouraging Klobuchar, right there in the interview, to come out for a wealth tax: “So you've been edging up to support a wealth tax to fund programs to help everybody else. Could you say today that you support a wealth tax?”

If that wasn’t good enough, he deemed another Democrat to be a moderate: “Make the case for yourself against a Joe Biden who people see as similar ideas and as a moderate here.”

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In December, CBS’s Ed O’Keefe wasn’t sure if then-candidate Kamala Harris is liberal. (She has a lifetime ACU score of 4.5. Harris is solidly on the left when it comes to abortion, gun control and other contentious issues.)

On September 24, O’Keefe touted Buttigieg’s Medicare plan. Guess what he called it? Moderate. The journalist promoted: “[Buttigieg...
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