WaPo slammed for calling Fetterman debate ‘milestone’ for disability: ‘Journalism turns into activism’

A Washington Post reporter’s claim that the disastrous appearance of Democratic Pennsylvania Senate candidate John Fetterman was a “milestone” for the disability community has not gone down well with users of Twitter Thursday.

Disability journalist Amanda Morris argued that the positive and negative reactions to Fetterman’s debate with Republican candidate Dr. Mehmet Oz “reveal a division on disability”. She argued that no matter what one thought of his performance, Fetterman was a representative of the “disability community” which “remains underrepresented” in politics.

“Whatever voters ultimately decide at the polls, Fetterman’s performance marks an important milestone for the disability community, which remains underrepresented at all levels of elected office,” the Washington Post’s Twitter account quoted. in a tweet.

Social media users attacked the tweet and article as the latest in mainstream media’s defense of Fetterman.

Pennsylvania Lt. Governor John Fetterman, Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate, speaks during a campaign event at the Steamfitters Technology Center in Harmony, Pennsylvania on October 18, 2022.
(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

PENNSYLVANIANS ALARMED BY FETTERMAN’S DEBATE PERFORMANCE, SAY IT WAS ‘UNFAIR’ TO HOLD EVENT AFTER VOTING STARTED

“Journalism turns into activism, play CCCXLV. The chosen snapshot of Oz is the icing on the cake,” tweeted The Hill columnist Joe Concha.

“Where was this concern for the disability community when children with autism were forced to cover their faces at school 8 hours a day for months, regardless of the suffering and setbacks this unscientific mandate caused them?” Christina Pushaw, Director of Rapid Response at Ron DeSantis, wrote.

Conservative Twitter personality Noam Blum explained: “‘The disability community’ is such a weird nebulous animal. It’s like AAPI [Asian American Pacific Islander]- an “ethnic group”; which includes people from Fiji and Pakistan. The variation in conditions that count as disabilities is as wide as their potential impact on a person’s ability to hold a position.”

The Spectator’s editor, Stephen Miller, joked, “Just amazing to see this happening in real time.”

Pennsylvania Senate candidates John Fetterman and Dr. Mehmet Oz participate in a debate October 25 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Senate candidates John Fetterman and Dr. Mehmet Oz participate in a debate October 25 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
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National Review senior writer Dan McLaughlin twisted the tweet by referring to former Sen. Roy Moore, R-Ala. underage girls, who remain underrepresented at all levels of elective office.'”

Washington Free Beacon investigative reporter Chuck Ross wrote, “Unbelievable. They’re all going to make Fetterman a trailblazer for having a stroke.”

ABC NEWS, NEW YORK TIMES RUSH TO DEFEND FETTERMAN, BLAME ‘ABLEISM’ FOR PENNSYLVANIA DEBATE REACTIONS

Jon Levine of the New York Post compared the article to an op-ed by the Post’s editorial page associate editor titled “I would have aborted a fetus with Down syndrome. Women need that right.” , and tweeted, “We need more representation from people with disabilities…but we also need to get them abortions.”

McLaughlin responded to Levine’s tweet and pointed out, “Also, you know, there’s kind of a difference between a genetic disease and a stroke because you’ve spent years not taking your meds and not not see a doctor.”

The Fetterman and Oz debate drew strong reactions online from conservatives and liberal users, with many calling it a “disaster.” Despite this, many mainstream media outlets continued to defend Fetterman in the aftermath, calling Oz a “tyrant” and calling Fetterman “brave” for his efforts. Other defenses pushed Fetterman as a representative of the disability community against “ableist” criticism.

The health of Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman after his stroke in May was a concern for critics leading up to the midterm elections.

The health of Pennsylvania Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman after his stroke in May was a concern for critics leading up to the midterm elections.
(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

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Fetterman suffered a stroke in May and has since required accommodations for persistent cognitive issues such as the use of captions during interviews. Despite concerns about his health, his campaign team refused to release Fetterman’s medical records.

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