Source:  Kyle Becker

A Southwest Airlines pilot on his way from Houston to Albuquerque on Friday had a special message for the passengers as he signed off his flight: “Let’s Go Brandon!”

The provocative sign-off was reported on Friday morning by Politico’s White House Bureau Chief Jon Lemire:

“On Friday morning on a Southwest flight from Houston to Albuquerque, the pilot signed off his greeting over the public address system with the phrase, to audible gasps from some passengers,” Lemire reported, with doubtless embellishment for effect.

There was subsequent breathless media commentary by such pundits as Brian Tyler Cohen.

“On a ⁦Southwest flight from Houston to Albuquerque, the pilot signed off over the public address system with the phrase ‘Let’s go, Brandon’ (GOP code for ‘Fuck Joe Biden’) to audible gasps from some passengers,” Cohen said. “Care to comment, ⁦@SouthwestAir⁩?”

The left-wing media pounced on the story and was off-and-running. CNN, in particular, had the vapors about the media report.

“If @SouthwestAir doesn’t do anything, every passenger on that flight has standing to file a complaint with the@FAANews and they should do so,” CNN contributor Juliette Kayyem complained. “Southwest will then be compelled to investigate or defend him. Have fun with that. No messing around in the air. Bright line rule.”

She wasn’t done there. When Kayyem was asked about why she wanted complaints filed, she even accused the Southwest pilot of substance abuse.

“Yes pilot conduct,” she replied. “His words reflect possibility of anger management or substance abuse. It is worth asking.”

Asha Rangappa, another CNN contributor, also unloaded on the reported incident.

“As an experiment, I’d love for an @SouthwestAir pilot to say ‘Long live ISIS’ before taking off,” she said, directly comparing a ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ phrase to a threat of terrorism. “1) the plane would be immediately ground; 2) the pilot fired; and 3) a statement issued by the airline within a matter of hours.”Advertisements

The most humiliating thing about CNN and Politico’s reaction to the Southwest Airline story is that they got it completely wrong. There was a hidden reason why the Southwest pilot uttered the phrase, and it had to do with a sick boy.

In a response to Brian Taylor Cohen, journalist Stephen L. Miller disclosed that he had actually been on the flight. Miller shared firsthand knowledge of the meaning behind the pilot’s use of the phrase.