Remember Dave Brat? A few weeks ago his victory over House Majority Leader Eric Cantor rocked the political world. But Brat explained in an interview today with the Washington Examiner that Cantor “has been supportive in private and in public” of his campaign.
Brat disputed the idea that his upset represents a tea party win over the establishment, and took a shot at the media for framing it thusly. He said, “The national media is way too interested in trying to put people into little cubbyholes, and it looks like from the results of the vote I didn’t belong in a little cubbyhole.”
In fact, Brat had a lot to say about how the media’s covered him. The day after his victory, he appeared on MSNBC for an interview that became noteworthy for Brat’s confusion at being asked policy questions. Brat said that interview was grossly distorted and taken out-of-context.
“The new corrective came out to that account that showed I actually gave extended answers in that interview. That was kind of the D.C. gotcha-game, and I wasn’t familiar with that. My local people have been very fair to me and have given me coverage… The media does play a vital role in our democracy, and if we cannot depend on journalistic ethics, the nation’s in trouble.”
[image via Dave Brat]
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