Rep. Bergman: Media Complicit in Spread of Hateful Rhetoric
Following a shooting at a Republican congressional baseball practice, which left House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and several others injured, many have lamented how negative and hateful the U.S. political climate has become.
On "America's Newsroom" earlier today, Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) said the shooting is a result of "political rhetorical terrorism," and he said it must stop.
Rep. Rodney Davis (R-IL) echoed that sentiment, saying, "It's really sad that things have come to this point."
Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) said we need to take a pause and rethink our values and our morals.
On "America's News HQ," Rep. Jack Bergman (R-MI), who was present for the shooting, placed some of the blame for the spread of hateful rhetoric on the media.
"Unfortunately, and I'm looking all the media in the eye when I say this, friendships and cordial relationships don't make good news," Bergman said.
He said that he's united with his Republican and Democratic colleagues to bring civility back to the 115th Congress.
Melissa Francis pushed back, asking if he really thinks the media is to blame.
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"I think the media's complicit if they keep inciting, as opposed to informing," Bergman said. "I just think you need to make sure that you think twice about how your words and inflections and phrases are going to affect all the people that might see it."
"We can all get better," he continued. "That includes the media and that includes Congress."
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