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After Saying Media Should Hold Him Accountable, Beto Has Breitbart Journalist Booted: Report

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Senate race loser and Democratic presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke is working hard to get more than 3 percent of Democrats to believe in his rad vision for America.

His slogan “Beto for America” might better be stated as “Beto for the dozen or so of you that showed up to this Whole Foods parking lot.”

And now that the chips are down, O’Rourke is showing his true colors.

His desperation has the former Texas congressman deviating from the “principles” he claims he once had.

O’Rourke has voiced strong support for the press. At a 2018 town hall event, he said, “If we don’t have a free press, if we cannot make informed decisions at the ballot box, if you can’t hold people like me accountable, and make sure that we’re held honest to the promises that we made, to the job that we’re performing in these positions of public trust, we’ll lose the very essence of our democracy.”

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But now that the press is doing more than writing puff pieces about how he used to be in a band and is cool because he rides a skateboard, O’Rourke isn’t as big a fan of being held “accountable.”

After learning that a Breitbart reporter was at one of his campaign events at Benedict College, O’Rourke’s staff lied to campus police in an effort to have the journalist thrown out.

Do you think O'Rourke actually wants the press to hold him accountable?

Shortly before the event began, a campus police officer pulled Joel Pollak from the press gaggle and informed him that he had to leave the event. An O’Rourke staffer explained that Pollak had been disruptive at previous events.

Pollak denied that claim and later provided video proof of the only interaction he had ever had with O’Rourke.

According to Pollak’s account, the reporter “has covered two O’Rourke events. The first was at a protest outside a shelter for migrant teens in Homestead, Florida, in June; the second was at the College of Charleston “Bully Pulpit” lecture in Charleston, South Carolina, on Monday evening. At no point was there any disruption whatsoever.”

Pollak asked a question during a Monday press gaggle at the College of Charleston. That question and O’Rourke’s answer is recorded on video. “That was the only interaction of any kind with the candidate.” Pollak said.

The question Pollak asked O’Rourke was as follows:

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“President Trump, after Charlottesville, said that he condemned the white supremacists and the neo-Nazis ‘totally.’ Are you aware that you are misquoting him, or partially quoting him — not quoting the full extent of his remarks in Charlottesville? Are you concerned that that might inflame tensions rather than heal divisions?”

Watch Pollak’s question and O’Rourke’s response below.

O’Rourke replied in typical fashion, but there was no disruption of any kind. You can watch the video for yourself and see if you think O’Rourke’s team is being honest when it claims Pollak was acting out of order.

So why the sudden change of heart, Beto?

How did O’Rourke change in a year’s time from calling for the press to hold politicians accountable to kicking out reporters who ask uncomfortable questions?

Democrats like O’Rourke act like Trump’s antagonism to certain media outlets constitutes an “attack on the press.” If that’s the new standard, then it certainly appears that the O’Rourke campaign’s removal of Pollak qualifies.

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G.S. Hair is the former executive editor of The Western Journal.
G.S. Hair is the former executive editor of The Western Journal and vice president of digital content of Liftable Media.

After graduating law school from the Cecil C. Humphries School of Law, Mr. Hair spent a decade as an attorney practicing at the trial and appellate level in Arkansas and Tennessee. He represented clients in civil litigation, contractual disputes, criminal defense and domestic matters. He spent a significant amount of time representing indigent clients who could not afford private counsel in civil or criminal matters. A desire for justice and fairness was a driving force in Mr. Hair's philosophy of representation. Inspired by Christ’s role as an advocate on our behalf before God, he often represented clients who had no one else to fight on their behalf.

Mr. Hair has been a consultant for Republican political candidates and has crafted grassroots campaign strategies to help mobilize voters in staunchly Democrat regions of the Eastern United States.

In early 2015, he began writing for Conservative Tribune. After the site was acquired by Liftable Media, he shut down his law practice, moved to Arizona and transitioned into the position of site director. He then transitioned to vice president of content. In 2018, after Liftable Media folded all its brands into The Western Journal, he was named executive editor. His mission is to advance conservative principles and be a positive and truthful voice in the media.

He is married and has four children. He resides in Phoenix, Arizona.
Birthplace
South Carolina
Education
Homeschooled (and proud of it); B.A. Mississippi College; J.D. University Of Memphis
Location
Phoenix, Arizona
Languages Spoken
English
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Culture, Faith, Politics




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