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ABC News chief Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl was angry for thanking former Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson for appearing before the House Select Committee on Jan. 6.

Hutchinson, a former staffer of White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, offered explosive testimony on Tuesday alleging that former President Trump knew some attendees at his rally were armed and urged his Secret Service to allow them to walk in, throwing a plate against the wall in reaction. on reading a report by former Attorney General William Barr that dismissed allegations of voter fraud, and that Trump suggested Vice President Mike Pence deserved to be hanged for certifying Joe Biden’s election victory .

She even recalled a story she heard about the former president reaching for the wheel of an SUV and rushing towards a Secret Service agent as he was being driven home. Blanche instead of the Capitol building.

The officer and driver involved would be prepared to testify under oath that this did not happen. Trump also fiercely denied Hutchinson’s various claims.

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WASHINGTON, DC JUNE 28: Cassidy Hutchinson, a top aide to Mark Meadows when he was White House chief of staff in the Trump administration, gestures toward his neck as she tells a story involving President Trump as the House Select Committee on January 6 holds a public hearing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, June 28, 2022.
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Liberals praised Hutchinson’s testimony, declaring her a “credible” witness while many conservatives scrutinized the credibility of her claims.

Karl, meanwhile, took to Twitter and expressed his gratitude to the former Trump staffer.

“Thank you, Cassidy Hutchinson,” Karl tweeted.

Critics denounced Karl’s tweet, accusing him of taking sides despite his role as a top reporter for ABC News.

“‘ABC News Chief Washington Correspondent,'” Fox News contributor Mollie Hemingway pointed to her title.

“Good journalism here, Jon,” joked Grabien Media founder Tom Elliott.

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“I don’t care what you think of Trump, for journalists to abandon all skepticism and professionalism and act that way is a big deal,” wrote Federalist editor David Harsanyi.

“Thank you, reporter,” Substack writer Jim Treacher told Karl.

ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl defends his tweet thanking Cassidy Hutchinson for her testimony before the House Select Committee on Jan. 6.  (Photo by Jenny Anderson/ABC via Getty Images) JONATHAN KARL

ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl defends his tweet thanking Cassidy Hutchinson for her testimony before the House Select Committee on Jan. 6. (Photo by Jenny Anderson/ABC via Getty Images) JONATHAN KARL
(Jenny Anderson/ABC via Getty Images)

“Jonathan Karl is not a Sunday talk show commentator. He is ABC News’ chief Washington correspondent. He is apparently a ‘straightforward’ reporter,” the conservative Twitter user wrote. Sunny McSunnyface.

“It’s a weird thing for a ‘journalist’ to tweet,” tweeted Abigail Marone, Sen. Josh Hawley’s press secretary, R-Mo. “Without even pretending to examine or question his claims?” Accept everything at face value even if others dispute it? A great example of why many don’t trust the media…”

“It’s never surprising the tone and tenor that journalists allow themselves on Twitter,” said Omri Ceren, national security adviser to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tx.

On Wednesday, the ABC News reporter responded to the backlash by explaining the tweet.

“Where others have refused, Cassidy Hutchinson has agreed, under oath, to tell the world what she witnessed in the White House during the extraordinary events of early January 2021. It is for this reason that I have said, ‘Thank you,'” Karl said. wrote.

Karl had previously been candid about how the media is often perceived to be biased against former President Trump and Republicans. In April, he spoke about the impact of Trump’s attacks on the media on the country.

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“I think one of the reasons I called the idea of ​​the press as an opposition party even more insidious than declaring the press ‘enemies of the people’ is that it encouraged people, Republicans, watching anything that comes out of a “This is my opposition party. What are you waiting for? Of course, they are against me. It’s not true. They just want to get me.’ ‘ And unfortunately, I think in the Trump era the press has often played that way and, in fact, kind of acted like an opposition party, you know, fueling that mistrust,” Karl said at a panel. discussion.

Karl continued: “So it’s not just, you know, Trump out there with this kind of one-man attack, relentless attack on the press and attack on good journalism, but it’s created this feeling that, you know, journalists needed to defend themselves, needed to push back against this, needed to push back against the president who often didn’t tell the truth and in the process spoke to a lot of Republicans as if we were really the party of ‘opposition.”

ABC News' chief Washington correspondent, Jonathan Karl, has previously been open about his concerns about how Americans perceive the media.

ABC News’ chief Washington correspondent, Jonathan Karl, has previously been open about his concerns about how Americans perceive the media.
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In 2020, Karl expressed a similar sentiment about the media as a whole, explaining how the strained relationship White House reporters had with Trump had “negative consequences.”

“I think unfortunately there’s a lot of the country that believes the press is now the resistance and I think that’s really unfortunate, and I think that has negative consequences for a free press. I think that it has negative consequences for our democracy,” Karl told Mediaite. “But I think the aggressive questioning of the president, especially now in the wake of what we’ve seen unfold with the pandemic, is absolutely necessary. Not only justified but necessary.”

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“I’m not part of the resistance,” Karl insisted. “I’m not his political opponent. I don’t want people to see me in this and think I’m just out to get him. But I also have something that’s more important than all of those things. And it is that a journalist’s first loyalty must be to seek the truth, and part of the search for truth is to use clarity of language.


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