When you see interviews like the one below, you have to ask yourself: how can CNN still call itself a serious news organization? This morning, CNN Newsroom Anchor Poppy Harlow actively encouraged a left-wing boycott of the state of Georgia, just days after CBS faced backlash for doing the exact same thing.
Speaking to Lyft Chairman and Co-Founder John Zimmer about his opposition to his company’s Election Security Act, Harlow seemed to forget that she was a journalist and not a left-wing activist. She has repeatedly pushed the Democratic businessman to remove his business from all red states that have election security laws on the books:
“But you oppose boycotts, which is interesting given the current discussion. So I think the question becomes then, listen, If you look at Georgia, Texas, Arizona, for example, you operate in 101 cities in those states. This represents about 15% of your total market. What are you going to do to fight the laws about to be passed in these states and others? ” she asked, following a more direct call:
“Is that all you can do? I mean, that’s really the question now … is there more you can actually do? Would you like to consider withdrawing from the city? ” she urged.
As Zimmer rejected Harlow’s request to remove Lyft from Atlanta, claiming it would harm their employees and customers there, Harlow continued to push him from the left. She proposed that the work of each CEO and president should now be politically active (… for the left of course):
“This really raises, I think, the fundamental question for you and all the other CEOs of a company, what is the CEO’s role in the future?” she said before touting the left-wing NAACP’s bullying companies to boycott the state. Harlow asked, “Is it now your job as the head of a public company to use your power and your money to decide and promote what you think is best for people, even outside your core business? “
After Zimmer expressed support for businessmen to use their platform to influence politics, CNN’s relentless anchor complained again, the business community was still not enough awakened to satisfy the left:
“I wonder if you are thinking of using your louder voice and more CEOs speaking earlier about this law in Georgia as it went through the state legislature, or in Texas if that would have made a difference? Some look now and say, why didn’t you scream at the top of your lungs a month ago?She scolded.
Not yet finished being a propagandist for the Biden administration, Harlow ended the interview by asking his fellow Democrat if he supported the President’s massive infrastructure bill and if he would “pay” for it. with a higher corporate tax rate. Spoiler alert: he said “yes” to both.
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Read the relevant transcript below:
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POPPY HARLOW: Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued an executive order. She orders city officials to implement several measures focused on voter education, trying to thwart the newly imposed restrictions, but there really isn’t much to do now because it’s already the law. What is essential, limit the use of ballot boxes, reduce early voting hours, allow state officials to overturn decisions of local electoral councils and even make it a crime to give people water or water. food awaiting vote. Well, Lyft is one of a growing number of companies speaking out against laws that limit the ability to vote by saying they are strongly opposed to any laws limiting voting by mail. Reduce the number of days people can vote or push any other access restrictions for eligible voters, especially those who disproportionately impact black and brown communities. With me is John Zimmer, president of Lyft. Put simply, to make it really clear to our viewers, is Lyft opposing the new Georgia voting law and SB-7 that has passed in Texas and similar restrictive voting laws across? the country?
JOHN ZIMMER, CO-FOUNDER / PRESIDENT OF LYFT: Yes, we do. We believe that elected officials should make it easier to vote, not make it more difficult.
HARLOW: But you’re opposed to boycotts, which is interesting given the current discussion. So I think the question then becomes, look, if you just look at Georgia, Texas, Arizona, for example, you work in 101 cities in those states. This represents about 15% of your total market. What are you going to do to fight the laws about to be passed in these states and others?
HARLOW:Is that all you can do? I mean, that’s really the question now, because a lot of these more restrictive laws and bills were proposed after the 2020 election. And you are now pushing for public passage of the Right to Law Act. vote from John Lewis, which essentially fulfills what was gutted by the Supreme Court in 2013. Can you really do more? Would you like to consider withdrawing from the city?
HARLOW: Well, said Mitch McConnell, and I want to be clear. You are a Democrat who has been very supportive of the Biden administration. Mitch McConnell says there will be, in his words, consequences for companies who denounce Georgian law and others. He says you guys, any company that does this, piss off a lot of Republicans hell and it’s, quote, pretty dumb to jump in the middle of a very controversial issue. What do you say to Mitch McConnell?
HARLOW: It really raises, I think, the fundamental question for you and all the other CEOs in a company, what is the CEO’s role in the future? The head of the NAACP legal defense fund said executives like you should be feeling uneasy right now. She says businesses need to know who they are right now. Is it now your job as a public company manager to use your power and your money to decide and promote what you think is best for people, even outside your core business?
HARLOW: I wonder if you think you’re using your voice Stronger and more CEOs speaking out earlier about this law in Georgia as it made its way through the state legislature, or in Texas, if that would have made a difference? Some are looking now and saying, why didn’t you scream at the top of your lungs a month ago?