• The 10 Worst Legacy Media Abuses in 2020

    From Ubiquitous@weberm@polaris.net to alt.tv.pol-incorrect,alt.fan.rush-limbaugh,alt.politics.media,alt.journalism.criticism,alt.politics.usa on Thu Dec 31 04:35:56 2020
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    From the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic to the riots to the 2020 election,
    the left-leaning legacy media has twisted, subverted, and outright
    suppressed the news it is supposedly tasked with reporting. It is
    impossible to cover every instance of media bias against President
    Donald Trump, for Joseph Robinette Biden Jr., or propping up the far-
    Left’s increasingly stifling orthodoxy, but I have compiled what I
    believe to be the ten most egregious examples from 2020.

    Enjoy, and weep for the objectivity of the free press.

    10. The death of Soleimani
    At the outset of the annus horribilis of 2020, President Donald Trump
    ordered an airstrike that killed Iranian Quds Force General Qassem
    Soleimani after Iran-backed militias attacked the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. Soleimani orchestrated the Islamic Republic’s terrorist activity
    throughout the Middle East and was reportedly responsible for the
    deaths of hundreds of American soldiers, but many legacy media outlets condemned Trump for killing Soleimani and predicted the assassination
    would start a war.

    The Washington Post hailed Soleimani as a “revered military leader.”
    The New Yorker ran an article from actress Robin Wright describing
    Soleimani as “a flamboyant former construction worker and bodybuilder
    with snowy white hair, a dapper beard, and arching salt-and-pepper
    eyebrows.” She described the Quds Force as “an Iranian unit of
    commandos comparable to the U.S. Seals, Delta Force, and Rangers
    combined.”

    The View‘s Joy Behar even celebrated a white nationalist — because he
    rejected Trump over the Soleimani strike.

    CNN gave a friendly interview to a woman who helped lead the attack on
    the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979 — and said at the time that she
    would kill U.S. hostages if troops attacked the embassy — and who
    described America’s actions as terrorism. The New York Times‘ Maggie
    Haberman claimed that Trump killed Soleimani to distract from
    impeachment. A Times op-ed predicted that Soleimani’s death would
    “unleash chaos.”

    Author and commentator Reza Aslan said Trump’s plan “from day one” was
    “war with Iran,” because Trump withdrew from the disastrous Iran
    nuclear deal.

    While Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei vowed “severe revenge” against
    the U.S. for the strike, his resulting rocket attacks on Iraqi bases
    housing U.S. soldiers failed to kill a single Iraqi or U.S. soldier.
    Instead, it seems they destroyed a Ukrainian plane carrying Canadians —
    a tragedy that is all Iran’s making. Similarly, Iran brought in troops
    from across the country to Tehran for Soleimani’s funeral — and the
    stampede killed fifty people and wounded 200 more.

    The Soleimani strike destabilized Iran and weakened its influence in
    the Middle East, opened the door for Trump’s historic Middle East peace
    deals with Israel.

    9. Condemning Trump for saying “Wuhan coronavirus.”
    In March, legacy media figures started attacking Trump and other
    Republicans for referring to COVID-19 as the “Chinese coronavirus” or
    the “Wuhan coronavirus,” suggesting that such terms were insensitive or racist.

    When Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) referred to the virus as the “Wuhan
    Virus,” liberals accused him of supporting “white supremacy.” A
    Hollywood screenwriter tweeted, “Only racists call it the Wuhan Virus.” MSNBC’s Chris Hayes called Gosar’s use of the term “astoundingly
    gross.”

    Gosar responded by noting that many legacy media outlets had used the
    term “Wuhan Virus” or mentioned the coronavirus as coming from Wuhan or
    China.

    CNN’s Chris Cuomo recently attacked Trump for using geographic terms.
    “You’re starting to hear the Republicans, especially Trump co., calling
    it the ‘Wuhan’ or the ‘Chinese coronavirus,’” Cuomo said.

    Since Cuomo attacked Trump for those terms, the Media Research Center
    (MRC) tracked down at least 35 video clips in which legacy media
    figures referred to the coronavirus as the “Wuhan coronavirus” or the
    “Chinese coronavirus.” This 2-minute video shows the utter hypocrisy
    and moral bankruptcy of our media “betters” lecturing us about supposed racism.

    https://twitter.com/i/status/1238186498433966081

    8. Praising Andrew Cuomo’s COVID-19 response
    Speaking of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) utterly
    botched his response to it. New York City served as the epicenter of
    COVID-19 spread in the U.S. from Europe, accounting for between 60 and
    65 percent of all U.S. cases in May. Later that month, the left-leaning
    site ProPublica published a report blaming Cuomo and Mayor Bill de
    Blasio (D-N.Y.C.) for responding too slowly to stop the spread in the
    Big Apple.

    Yet it got worse. On March 25, Cuomo ordered nursing homes to admit
    patients even if they had tested positive for COVID-19. While he later reversed this policy in May, Cuomo’s order likely exacerbated the
    spread of the disease among the elderly, the most vulnerable
    population. Some reports suggest the policy cost 10,000 lives. The
    Department of Justice opened a probe into whether or not Democratic
    governors like Cuomo violated the civil rights of nursing home patients through such barbaric policies.

    Yet the legacy media gave Cuomo fawning press coverage throughout the pandemic, so much so that the governor decided to release a book
    touting his success fighting COVID-19. CNN’s Chris Cuomo, the
    governor’s brother, had Andrew Cuomo on the show for multiple love
    fests. Jimmy Fallon praised Cuomo as “honest,” “smart,” and an expert
    in “taming the beast.” Cuomo even received an Emmy Award — essentially
    for acting like a good governor on television.

    7. Ron DeSantis demonized
    Meanwhile, legacy media outlets repeatedly attacked Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), who opened up his state early on. Data scientist Youyang Gu
    noted that, late in the year, Illinois reported far more cases of
    COVID-19 than Florida, yet legacy media outlets have reported on
    Florida as a COVID-19 hotspot while virtually ignoring Illinois.

    https://twitter.com/youyanggu/status/1331341646928207873

    DeSantis has a solid track-record on COVID-19, but it seems much of the
    legacy media can’t admit it because the governor has an “R” after his
    name.

    6. “Mostly peaceful” riots
    Outrage over the death of George Floyd in police custody inspired
    protests across the country, and many of those protests devolved into destructive and deadly riots. Yet legacy media outlets repeatedly
    branded the riots as “mostly peaceful protests,” in many cases
    signifying their tacit agreement with the dangerous ideology behind the violence.

    Perhaps the most egregious example came from CNN. As a fire raged amid
    riots in Kenosha, Wisc., the CNN chyron read, “FIERY BUT MOSTLY
    PEACEFUL PROTESTS AFTER POLICE SHOOTING.”

    https://twitter.com/i/status/1298833070531911680

    While Black Lives Matter and antifa rioters may have intended to fight
    alleged “institutional racism,” the riots disproportionately damaged
    black communities in Kenosha, Wisc., Minneapolis, and Chicago. The
    riots destroyed black lives, black livelihoods, and black monuments. At
    least 26 Americans have died in the riots, most of them black.

    The New York Times propped up the destructive ideology fueling the
    riots. The paper’s “1619 Project” originally claimed that the true
    founding of the United States came with the arrival of the first black
    slaves in 1619, rather than with the Declaration of Independence in
    1776. In September, the Times attempted to shove this fact down the
    memory hole, deleting the key text from its interactive website and
    sending the project’s founder, Nikole Hannah-Jones, on television to
    claim she never said 1619 was America’s true founding.

    When vandals toppled a statue of George Washington in Portland, they spray-painted “1619” on the statue. When Claremont’s Charles Kesler
    wrote in The New York Post, “Call them the 1619 riots,” 1619 Project
    Founder Nikole Hannah-Jones responded (in a since-deleted tweet) that
    “it would be an honor” to claim responsibility for the destructive
    riots. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) called for the “dismantling” of
    America’s “economy and political system,” in order to root out supposed
    racist oppression.

    In September, the Times published a report suggesting that any violence
    in the riots came from police and “right-wing activists.”

    5. The New York Times and Tom Cotton
    Amid the riots, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) published an op-ed in The New
    York Times. Cotton acknowledged the importance of peaceful protest but
    called for law and order against the destructive riots.

    Times staffers revolted and pressured the paper’s op-ed editor James
    Bennet to resign for agreeing to publish the op-ed.

    Bennet’s resignation came amid an onslaught of “cancel culture”
    attacks. A UCLA professor faced police investigation because he
    declined to postpone final exams to let students protest, a professor
    faced investigation for reading from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Letter
    from a Birmingham Jail, a professional soccer player was fired for his
    wife’s tweet. Bari Weiss resigned from The New York Times, and Glenn
    Greenwald resigned from the outlet he co-founded, the Intercept.

    Yet the Bennet episode seems particularly noteworthy because it
    involved such a minor “sin” blown far out of proportion. Staffers
    falsely accused Cotton’s op-ed of calling for violence against peaceful protesters, and the Times caved to pressure. Many staffers claimed that
    merely running an op-ed from a United States Senator put those staffers
    “in danger.”

    4. Slandering Trump’s Mt. Rushmore speech
    On the Fourth of July, President Donald Trump gave a magnificent speech defending America from the false attacks of Marxist critical race
    theory that inspired the destructive riots this summer. Legacy media
    outlets condemned the speech, even spreading outright lies about it.

    “Trump Uses Mount Rushmore Speech to Deliver Divisive Culture War
    Message,” screams Annie Karni’s headline at the Times. “Trump tries to
    drag America backward on a very different July 4th,” wrote CNN’s Maeve
    Reston.

    Others told blatant lies about the speech, perhaps hoping that no one
    would check the text online.

    Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) claimed that Trump “spent all his time
    talking about dead traitors,” suggesting he praised the Confederacy.
    Trump’s speech does not praise one single “traitor” or a member of the Confederacy. Yet The Hill approvingly quoted Duckworth’s lie, and CNN
    claimed that Trump “defended Confederate monuments,” even though he did
    not once mention the “Confederacy,” Robert E. Lee, or any other
    Confederate figure.

    Trump has opposed the assault on Confederate monuments, warning that
    the rush to purge history from the public square will lead to attacks
    on statues of Founders like George Washington. This summer, that
    warning proved correct. Yet the president’s magnificent Mount Rushmore
    speech did not defend Confederate monuments, it only condemned the
    lawless mobs and praised America’s heroes.

    3. Burying news of Middle East peace deals
    After the death of Soleimani, President Donald Trump secured a slew of
    Middle East peace deals between Arab states and Israel. Bahrain and the
    United Arab Emirates (UAE) normalized relations with Israel in the
    Abraham Accords. Muslim-majority Kosovo and Christian-majority Serbia
    made a historic agreement that included promises to set up embassies in Jerusalem. Sudan and Morocco also normalized relations with Israel. The
    UAE even agreed to order hotels to serve Kosher foods in Abu Dhabi,
    delivering a powerful symbol of Jewish acceptance in a notoriously anti-Semitic part of the world.

    Most of these developments would have been considered impossible, pie- in-the-sky pipe dreams, especially without the involvement of the Palestinians. Yet they happened, and these historic diplomatic
    successes have brought Trump multiple Nobel Prize nominations.

    The legacy media effectively buried these monumental stories of peace
    in the Middle East in the lead-up to the 2020 election, however.
    According to an analysis from the Media Research Center (MRC), the
    network news outlets effectively buried these earth-shattering stories, dedicating a paltry 9 minutes and 8 seconds to the historic peace deals
    over the course of 33 days.

    MRC analysts scrutinized 33 days of ABC’s World News Tonight, CBS
    Evening News, and NBC Nightly News programs from August 13, when Israel
    and the UAE announced they were establishing diplomatic relations, to September 15, the date of the joint signing ceremony of the Abraham
    Accords between Israel, the UAE, and Bahrain at the White House, and
    found “brief hiccups of coverage” about this historic news.

    CBS Evening News spent a grand total of 144 seconds, just over two
    minutes, on the Middle East deals. NBC Nightly News dedicated 155
    seconds, not quite three minutes, to the agreements. ABC’s World News
    Tonight squeezed out 249 seconds on the peace deals.

    In a post-election poll, 43.5 percent of respondents who said they
    voted for Joe Biden said they had no idea about the agreements. Five
    percent of Biden voters said they would changed their votes had they
    known. This seems a small percentage, but if 5 percent of Biden voters
    hadn’t voted, Trump would have won the election.

    2. Refusing to cover the explosive Hunter Biden story
    Also in the lead-up to the election, legacy media outlets refused to
    cover a devastating corruption scandal involving a major party
    candidate. While Americans had long known about the sordid deals Hunter
    Biden made with foreign governments, trading on his father’s last name
    for cash, new documents blew the scandal wide open in the months before
    the election.

    Rather than cover the story as it developed, media outlets consciously
    decided to ignore it or to characterize it as Russian propaganda, even
    though Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe, the FBI, and
    the DOJ all rebutted that claim.

    NPR proudly announced it would not cover the scandal. “We don’t want to
    waste our time on stories that are not really stories, and we don’t
    want to waste the listeners’ and readers’ time on stories that are just
    pure distractions,” the outlet claimed.

    CNN’s Jake Tapper condemned the Hunter Biden revelations as “the Gaetz Mc-Breitbart nonsense.”

    “The campaign that Trump and his allies in the media and members of his
    family and Trump-allied websites and such are leveling, with charges so heinous I’m not even going to say them, just nonsense, crap, tied into
    Qanon, tied into Pizzagate, tied into the worst things you could say
    about a person — with no evidence, just completely made up — is so
    disgusting and so beneath what this election should be,” Tapper added.

    “And I just want viewers at home to be ready because all of their grandparents’ Facebook feeds and all of the Twittersphere, it’s going
    to be so heinous over the next eleven days,” the CNN host said.


    Of course, after the election, Hunter Biden let slip that he was under investigation regarding his foreign business deals. A DOJ subpoena specifically mentioned the notoriously corrupt Ukrainian gas firm
    Burisma, confirming that the investigation deals with Hunter Biden’s
    overseas deals.

    Amid the Hunter Biden scandal, former Hunter Biden business partner
    Tony Bobulinski came forward with evidence that Joe Biden was
    personally involved in his son’s business deals. The former VP’s son
    raked in cash through deals with companies controlled by the Chinese
    Communist Party, arguably strengthening the Middle Kingdom’s position
    at the expense of America’s interests.

    In short, it is likely Joe Biden is compromised by China in exactly the
    way that Democrats repeatedly (and falsely) claimed Donald Trump was compromised by Russia.

    In a post-election MRC poll, nearly half of Biden voters (45.1 percent)
    said they did not know about the financial scandal involving Biden and
    his son Hunter. According to MRC, full awareness of the scandal would
    have led 9.4 percent of Biden voters to abandon the Democrat, flipping
    all six of the states to Trump.

    1. Big Tech censorship of the New York Post story
    When The New York Post published the first explosive story on the
    Hunter Biden emails, Facebook and Twitter took unprecedented actions to suppress it. Twitter briefly suspended the accounts of the Trump
    campaign, the White House press secretary, and a congressional
    committee. Facebook, meanwhile, moved to suppress the Post article’s
    reach even before an independent fact check could be performed.

    Twitter defended these actions by claiming that the Post article had
    violated its “Hacked Materials Policy.” Twitter should be ashamed of
    this ludicrous response, considering the fact that it did not crack
    down on other stories that should arguably fall under the Hacked
    Materials Policy, such as Trump’s tax returns.

    It appears Facebook and Twitter aimed to set the agenda for suppressing
    the story and helping Joe Biden. Rather than calling out Big Tech for
    this egregious attack on the free availability of information, the
    legacy media followed the lead of Facebook and Twitter.

    It was bad enough that legacy media outlets refused to cover the Hunter
    Biden scandal. It was arguably far worse for them to celebrate and abet
    social media’s suppression of the story on false pretenses. The
    computer repairman who obtained Hunter Biden’s laptop has now sued
    Twitter for defamation, claiming that Twitter’s “hacked materials”
    claim cost him his business.

    In the sad, sordid saga of left-wing media bias, the combined scandals
    of the Big Tech suppression of the New York Post story and the legacy
    media’s decision not to report the Hunter Biden corruption that
    arguably implicates his father set a horrific new low. If the legacy
    media will abet suppression of the news and actively refuse to report
    on an important story like this, why should the American people trust
    these outlets at all?

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    Trump won.

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