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Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang left the Democratic Party to launch the Forward Party this year. To promote his move, Yang has appeared on a variety of different news programs. It’s rare to see a politician appear on both Fox News and CNN in 2021. While encouraging for Americans, CNN’s Jim Acosta can’t stand Yang’s decision to visit networks with different viewpoints.
Saturday, Acosta made Yang defend appearing on Tucker Carlson’s Fox Nation show. According to Acosta, Carlson is a bad guy, a white nationalist, and the rest of the keywords:
“You know this all too well. He spouts off white nationalist talking points,” Acosta said.
In other words, Carlson’s views differ significantly from the Left’s. Thus, Acosta labels Carlson a white supremacist or something. Helpful, isn’t it?
Political coverage has worsened as the country has divided. Politicians appear on shows that support them and are favorable to their policies. Meaning, elected officials rarely sit across from a host who will challenge them. That’s a disservice to voters. Conversely, Yang allowed the country to see him in different arenas as he spoke to both Fox News and CNN viewers this week.
Yet Acosta and blue check Twitter shamed Yang, sending a message to others in DC: if they want to continue receiving softball questions from CNN, MSNBC, and ABC — they must never give Carlson the time of day. Most will listen, but Yang won’t. Yang is not a follower. He’s independent in his approach.
“One of the things we have to do, Jim, is try and take the temperature of the country down, and the only way to do that is to reach out to people where they are,” Yang responded to Acosta.
“As you know, Tucker commands a massive audience, and if you wanted to try and build a unifying popular movement that does call attention to the fact that our system’s not working, really, for anyone, you have to, again, reach out.”
Yang believes what he says. Unlike the average politician, he doesn’t fear an opposing host will expose him. He can handle interviews that differ in temperature. He has the confidence to speak with Tucker Carlson and Jim Acosta, even in the same week.
Credit to Andrew Yang, a politician who could next pop up with Joy Reid and Mark Levin and then Joe Rogan. And I hope he does all three shows.