- ISUES AND INSIGTHS - Nov 11, 2020 -
We hate to admit it, but we thought it would be hard for our colleagues in the already-disgraced big media to shame themselves further during this election cycle. After all, they had done such a great job of it over the past four years. But, in the last two months, they outdid themselves.
Free republics, such as our own, depend on a healthy, vibrant, independent press to survive. The free flow of information, facts and opinion is the oxygen that our republic breathes. Right now, we’re gasping for breath.
Just in recent days, the examples of the media’s (including social media) stunning irresponsibility, outright mendacity and pro-Joe Biden bias are legion:
Fox News anchor Neil Cavuto cut off live remarks by White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany as she outlined credible evidence of widespread voter fraud.
MSNBC talking head and “historian” Jon Meacham, a supposed “expert” on the presidency, commented favorably and at length on Biden’s Saturday night speech, without telling its audience that he, Meacham, wrote the speech.
Both the New York Times (“All The News That’s Fit To Print”) and Washington Post (“Democracy Dies In Darkness”) outright lied about Pfizer and its participation in President Donald Trump’s “Operation Warp Speed” project to accelerate development of a coronavirus vaccine. Pfizer itself denied receiving any funding, obviously eager to distance itself from Trump and ingratiate itself with the vengeful leftists that now control the Democratic Party. Only problem is, a Pfizer press release from July shows it accepted an order of 100 million doses of its vaccine at a cost of $1.95 billion.
Various media outlets “called” the election for Biden, even as credible claims of voter fraud were made and the count in key swing states continued. The New York Times even tweeted that “the role of declaring the winner of a presidential election in the U.S. falls to the news media,” which is patently absurd and wrong, both historically and legally.
Google, now the largest news gatekeeper on the planet, “sent vote reminders to liberal users but not to conservative users,” according to PJ Media, prompting Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Utah Sen. Mike Lee to demand an explanation from Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Doesn’t that amount to electoral interference? “This kind of targeting, if present nationwide, could shift millions of votes, in part because Google’s home page is seen 500 million times a day in the U.S.,” said psychologist Robert Epstein, who heads a team of researchers that monitors Google.
A just-out report from New York Magazine shows how bad things now are at the once-august New York Times. As the New York Post describes it, “The fast-falling New York Times has gone mad.” It further describes a newspaper where “the No. 1 concern is hurt feelings. No. 2 is what Twitter thinks.”
Now, let us again underscore the fact that these all happened just within recent days.