The Left Targets Conservative Media
As usual, rather than debate the issue, leftists want to silence the opposition.
The recent destruction of a building housing the offices of media outlets during Israel’s latest conflict with Hamas led to the usual suspects calling for the protection of journalists to be a higher priority. The only problem is they ignored two attacks that took place in the United States — only those targeted in America were the “wrong” kind of journalists.
The Intercept, which once smeared SEAL Team Six, has targeted a number of journalists from Townhall and the Daily Caller for their coverage of the riots in the summer of 2020. In essence, the Intercept’s “reporter” has painted targets on the back of other reporters over their politics, giving antifa thugs an idea of who to target. Think this is overhyping a threat? Recall what happened to Andy Ngo in 2019, an assault that was glossed over by the left-wing Media Matters and others.
Incidentally, as we noted with Tim Scott, the Left’s venom is pretty toxic, mostly because three of the four journalists targeted by the Intercept don’t fit the stereotype the Left likes to pin on conservatives. As bad as that is, it got worse in Baltimore.
In that violence-ridden city, the top prosecutor, Marilyn Mosby, has filed an FCC complaint against WBFF, a Fox broadcasting affiliate owned by Sinclair Broadcasting. (Contrary to some previous reports, it is not affiliated with Fox News, another target of the Left’s censorship campaign.) Sinclair has been targeted by the Left before, often for award-winning reporting that reveals the truth about hacks like Mosby.
In addition, the Left wants the FCC to halt an ownership change that would create a Spanish-language conservative talk-radio outlet.
Many “mainstream” outlets have sought to silence their conservative-leaning competition, often because they have lost the trust of many Americans. CNN, in particular, has been bad, between the efforts of Oliver Darcy and Mr. Potato Head’s jerky cousin, Brian Stelter.
Part of this is the fact that too many Big Lies have gone essentially unchecked by the press. If anything, “mainstream” outlets helped spread those lies over the years, contrary to their calls for civility.
To believe many media outlets whose “reporters” were acting as political operatives for the Left, the 2020 election was about throwing out an illegitimately elected Russian puppet who thought white supremacists were “very fine people” and whose followers hunted black youth, tossed Hispanic kids in cages, and drove LGBT teens to suicide while permanently poisoning the planet out of the White House. Dennis Prager raises some very valid questions about how that phony narrative prompted the “fortification” of the 2020 election, but also what the years of lies may have provoked.
These lies have gone on for over a quarter-century, ranging from school lunch standards to claims that the murderous attack in Tucson was incited by Sarah Palin to literal accusations that reforming welfare was proof of being a Nazi.
After such a long-term bombardment of hateful propaganda, wouldn’t you be okay with stealing an election to save the world?
The fact of the matter is, outlets like Sinclair Broadcasting, the Daily Caller, and Townhall didn’t come about because people were happy with the choices they had at the time. We didn’t launch The Patriot Post way back in 1996 because there was a real choice outside the mainstream media. We and these other outlets rose because the mainstream media had and has failed America. Censorship won’t fix the trust gap; it will only make it worse.
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