Douglas Andrews / October 20, 2020

Media Bias Is a Threat to Our Republic

The censorship of the New York Post’s Hunter Biden story is the gravest encroachment of all.

Whether Donald Trump wins or loses on November 3, he’s already done the American people an invaluable and patriotic service: He’s utterly wrecked the credibility of the American media establishment, both social and traditional. He’s smashed it with a hammer, so to speak.

Going forward, only dupes, dolts, and dead-end leftists will trust the likes of The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, ABC, CBS, NPR, PBS, and the rest of ‘em.

And we can add to this list of traditional news sources some relatively new ones who didn’t take nearly as long to lose their way: Google, which this very day is being sued by the U.S. Department of Justice for an array of anti-competitive practices; Twitter, which last week raced to stop the distribution of a legitimate and hugely consequential news story for purely political purposes; and Facebook, which has long been a reliable enemy of free speech when it comes from the Right.

As the Media Research Center reported yesterday, “Big Tech has caused serious damage to President Donald Trump’s ability to be heard on social media. Twitter and Facebook have censored the president’s social media accounts and the accounts belonging to his re-election campaign at least 65 times. In contrast, the companies have not censored former Vice President and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his campaign accounts. At all.”

So there we have it: 65 to zero.

And we thought the scales were tipped in 2016. No president has ever faced anything even remotely resembling the media hostility that now confronts Donald Trump in his reelection battle. Richard Nixon, during the depths of Watergate, was treated like royalty by comparison.

Bias used to be a subtle thing, often hidden by the mainstream media not so much in how it reported the news but in what stories it actually chose to cover. Now it’s outright censorship of anyone telling unapproved stories. And nowhere, at no time in our nation’s history, has any story been more purposefully and maliciously censored than the New York Post’s bombshell reporting on the contents of Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop computer — contents whose authenticity haven’t been seriously challenged, and whose subject matter reveal not only the brazenness of a drug-addled son’s influence peddling, but also the willful deceit and the straight-up corruption of a father and former vice president of the United States.

What we now know about Joe “the Big Guy” Biden’s self-enrichment and pay-for-play schemes is disqualifying. In a healthy republic, he’d have been forced from the presidential race by now. But what we’ve seen from the mainstream media in terms of censorship and circling of wagons is far more alarming, far more devastating to the notion of a free people and a free state.

The Intercept’s Glen Greenwald is a man of the Left. But before that, he’s the rarest of rare breeds: a journalist who seeks the truth regardless of where it leads or whom it harms. He lashed out at the media’s malfeasance, saying, “[The Hunter Biden emails] so far just establish standard sleaze and DC corruption. The huge scandal to me is the blatant rank-closing and cone of silence — a prohibition — erected by journalists around this story to defend Biden.”

Big Tech’s reflexive urge to censor might have something to do with the political disposition of its workforce. How so? A whopping 98.99% of Twitter employees’ federal campaign contributions of $200 or more went to Democrats, while 91.68% of Facebook employees’ donations did likewise.

No liberty-crushing, republic-imperiling corruption to see here, folks. Move along.

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