Remember, Donald Trump is the fascist who is trying to crush democracy. Just repeat that to yourself as you consider this, and maybe…no, it still will still make your head explode.
Joe Biden’s presidential campaign, in the persons of Biden’s top aides Anita Dunn and Kate Bedingfield, sent a letter to the heads of the major news and cable networks, as well as top news anchors, demanding that they refuse to book Presidential advisor Rudy Giuliani. It read in part,
“We are writing today with grave concern that you continue to book Rudy Giuliani on your air to spread false, debunked conspiracy theories on behalf of Donald Trump. While you often fact check his statements in real time during your discussions, that is no longer enough. By giving him your air time, you are allowing him to introduce increasingly unhinged, unfounded and desperate lies into the national conversation, We write to demand that in service to the facts, you no longer book Rudy Giuliani, a surrogate for Donald Trump who has demonstrated that he will knowingly and willingly lie in order to advance his own narrative…Giuliani is not a public official, and holds no public office that would entitle him to opine on the nation’s airwaves.”
Then the letter demands that if the former mayor is put on the airwaves, “an equivalent amount of time” be given “to a surrogate for the Biden campaign.”
Frankly, I still can’t believe Biden approved this, but of course, he must have. What’s going on here? Incredibly, this: A former Vice President and current (though doomed) Presidential hopeful is asking the news media to actively censor a political critic.
How damning is this? It’s hard to see how it can be more damning. No public figure in this country could make such a request if he or she had any functioning ethics alarms at all, or self-respect, for that matter. “Don’t put one of my critics on your show!” No public figure in this country could make such a request if he or she had any regard for fairness, open public discourse, the public’s right to know or the Bill of Rights. “I have to control the narrative, and you have a duty to help me!“
Oh NO! My head is going to blow AGAIN!
In a text response to The Daily Beast, Giuliani wrote that Biden letter “sounds like the usual left wing censorship.” No, this is even worse than the usual left wing censorship. Biden’s letter is a smoking gun showing the degree to which the Democratic Party depends on biased, manipulative news coverage to control public opinion and achieve power. In a tweet, Trump 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale joked, “Can we request the removal of Democrats on TV that push hoaxes? Wait, but then who would do the interviews?” It’s an appropriate question, but not a funny one. Biden’s demand has laid bare the frightening totalitarian tilt of the current Democratic Party. Terrified that it cannot prevail if the public has access to all sides of a controversy with political ramifications, the Democrats at the party’s highest level seeks to silence dissent, even when it comes from the White House.
Imagine what these people will do if they ever get the power they crave.
It is also worth noting that sending such a letter, and the letter itself, is stupid beyond belief. It makes Biden and his camp sound desperate, frightened, panicked and weak, because, in fact, they are. The letter builds to an idiotic crescendo with “Giuliani is not a public official, and holds no public office that would entitle him to opine on the nation’s airwaves.” And what “entitles” Joe Biden, who also holds no public office, to determine who can opine on the nation’s airwaves? What entitles Rush Limbaugh, or Chris Cuomo, or Stephen Colbert or ME—I’ve been a guest on NPR, CBS, and Fox News— to opine on the nation’s airwaves? We all have the same “entitlement”—misleading and wrong choice of words, there, Joe—we can opine when the stations and networks think we have a perspective and opinion worth hearing.
Democrats, progressives and “the resistance” are increasingly candid about the fact that they don’t believe that any opinion that diverges from theirs is worth hearing, and that it is appropriate for them to enlist their ideological allies in the news media to make sure they aren’t heard.
China’s regime feels the same way. So did Stalin. Castro.
Now Joe Biden, Obama’s Vice-President, running for the White House, openly declares that he agrees.