As Barack Obama's tenure as President was coming to a close, many media outlets engaged in borderline swooning in bidding him adieu. As Obama himself went out on campaign stops before Election Day and speaking circuits after November 8, many in the various crowds chanted the fantasy plea of "Four More Years!!!"
I don't think it's a stretch to say that if there are any "loopholes" which would allow the Obama administration to stay in power, certain people would like to be privy to such scenarios.
In an odd news segment aired Wednesday, CNN correspondent Brian Todd described the complicated situation that would arise should the president, vice president, speaker of the House, and president pro tempore of the Senate become incapacitated during Friday’s inauguration, asking who would be the “designated survivor” to take over the presidency.
Todd explained that after the first four aforementioned options are exhausted, the presidency would go to the secretary of state, but should he be incapacitated as well, then it would fall on the other Cabinet positions.
However, by noon on Friday, there will be no Trump administration Cabinet positions sworn in, which, as Breitbart reported Thursday, allowed CNN to note that the Obama administration could possibly remain in power.
“On the day of the inauguration, as a precaution, a Cabinet secretary called the designated presidential successor will not attend the inauguration, ready to step in if something happens,” Todd said. “But, it won’t be a Trump Cabinet secretary, since none of them have been confirmed yet. It will be an Obama appointee.”
Emphasis was mine.
Say, does anyone recall the "reporting" done by media outlets in the aftermath of the Tucson, AZ shooting in January 2011? When Congresswoman Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) was seriously wounded by a deranged gun man, several mainstream media sources (CNN included) implied that it was due to the inflammatory rhetoric of Sarah Palin and the Tea Party movement. Apparently the Tea Party's commitment to fiscal restraint was so outlandish that it prompted Jared Loughner (who we later learned was largely apolitical) to attempt take out a Democrat member of Congress. That's asinine logic to be sure, but it was a handy little verbal cudgel used in an attempt to stifle dissent.
So if we're going to apply media standards here, CNN should absolutely be held responsible if Donald Trump, Mike Pence and Paul Ryan are somehow rendered incapacitated before any of Trump's Cabinet members are confirmed. After all, Mr. Todd's "reporting" basically gives a blueprint of how proggie fan boys & girls can extend Obama's tenure in the White House.
Again, it's your rules, media. Show us your renewed commitment to being beacons of integrity by living up to 'em yourselves.