Tuesday, November 17, 2020

CNN's Tapper Deletes Tweet About Surviving Election Week


Screenshot of Esquire website

CNN anchor Jake Tapper appeared to have made a regretful tweet about how he and his colleagues "survived" the 2020 presidential election. 

Esquire Magazine published a piece on Monday with the headline "The Oral History of CNN's Election Week," which documented the struggles of a sleepless staff working around the clock as election results were underway -- like virtually every media organization.

"Tuesday night was devastating. The polling had been suggesting that there would be just a wipe out of Trump. And the fact that it wasn't a wipe out was crushing," CNN commentator Van Jones told the magazine after he shed tears of joy when his network projected Joe Biden as the president-elect. 

"I went home Wednesday thinking that there was a chance that Donald Trump was going to be reelected," Tapper said. "When I woke up and I looked at the numbers, I was like, oh, no, probably more like a 25 percent chance [Trump will win]; he probably won't."

Several of CNN's on-air talent expressed how much they relied on coffee. 

"I was hoping somebody would go to Starbucks. We do have an excellent coffee machine that makes Starbucks black coffee, and you put some milk in it with one Splenda, and it may not be a Venti Skim Latte, but it's very good," CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer said. 

Tapper shared the article on Twitter, adding his own headline: "An Oral History of How CNN Journalists Survived Election 2020."

Deleted Tweet

The tweet and the article were panned by critics.

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