A CNN reporter is catching major heat for his tweet about the late Daily Caller gossip columnist Betsy Rothstein, who lost a long battle with cancer on Sunday, after he claimed that almost “everyone mourning her online” is white, according to Fox News.
Rothstein was a beloved figure in D.C. as well as the media, and had friends on both sides of politics.
Tucker Carlson called her “the most honest person I’ve ever met.”
New York magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi penned a tribute to her friend.
“It was an honor to love Betsy,” Nuzzi wrote.
CNN reporter Nathan McDermott, took to Twitter in the wake of her death, in an attempt to politicize the tradegy.
“I didn’t know Betsy Rothstein and only read her occasionally, and I am sad that she passed away, but there’s clearly a divide in values political journalists hold when (almost) everybody mourning her online is a white reporter who covers DC,” McDermott wrote.
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“And I do appreciate the irony that occurs when provocateurs who disdain sanctimony die and people get outraged when you don’t say they were perfect,” McDermott added in a follow-up tweet.
Of course, McDermott faced heavy backlash from other Twitter users:
I am mourning Betsy and I am black. She was a conservative for sure. But she was a deep human being. Authentically herself. I will miss her. https://t.co/yyXqOBsNE8
— Sophia A. Nelson (@IAmSophiaNelson) June 30, 2020
Do us all a favor and log off forever https://t.co/yGFVYi1QSO
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) June 30, 2020
Shorter Nathan: I’m sad she died but also she was white so was it actually a loss? https://t.co/6ec4KAeN5B
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) June 30, 2020
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 30, 2020
What’s wrong with you
— Shelby Talcott (@ShelbyTalcott) June 30, 2020
What a putz you are. A woman passed away. Let it rest.
— Dan Gainor (@dangainor) June 30, 2020
Indeed, this tweet speaks volumes about your values.
— Amber Athey (@amber_athey) June 30, 2020