Honestly, I feel like I’m beating a dead horse by constantly writing about the news media’s toxic, destructive, self-destructive partisan bias. The problem is that the horse isn’t dead, and that once fair and intelligent people, millions of them, stare at the stinking, rotting, whinnying and snarling zombie carcass, and then will look you in the eye and tell you the beast is ready to run in the Preakness. This continues to be amazing to me, but also increasingly infuriating. We are far past the guilty beyond a reasonable doubt stage, and even the beyond all doubt stage, and yet they persist in increasingly unsupported denial. So I am forced to keep producing the carcass, and hoping against hope that somehow, a bolt of clarity, or integrity, or disgust, or something, will stir these sad, brain-washed people to awareness, and they will finally exclaim, “Oh my GOD! That thing is disgusting!” And I am dedicated to keep hauling these repetitive smoking guns to the top of the pile, until that miracle occurs.
The now blazing and audacious conspiracy by the mainstream media to refuse—just refuse, that’s all!—to report on Joe Biden’s #MeToo accuser is, or should be, another piece of conclusive evidence. The New York Times interview of its own editor was as smoky a gun as there is, but there is so much more.
In 2018, when Christine Blasey-Ford accused Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of a suddenly (and conveniently) remembered sexual assault while the two were in high school, CNN put out seven articles the same day that the news became public. After that, it was “Katie bar the door!’ wherever that old expression came from. Mollie Hemingway at the Federalist did a search, and behold! CNN did more than 700 articles about the Blasey-Ford allegations, this in addition to the hundreds of hours of televised discussions on the topic.
Hemingway links to many of the headlines. She writes,
CNN’s political campaign against Kavanaugh included sympathetic articles toward Blasey Ford, hostile articles about Kavanaugh, supportive pieces about the importance of believing women even when they provide no evidence, hostile pieces about the danger of due process and empathy for men, and targeting of key Republican senators. CNN’s work culminated with their award-winning efforts to sway Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, broadcasting a confrontation between a professional activist and the wavering senator.
How many stories has CNN done about Tara Reade’s accusation? Not one. Zero. Zilch. Nada. That’s 700 to none.
To be fair, the two stories are not exactly analogous: Reade’s accusation is definitely more likely to be true than the one made against Kavanaugh. Reade told multiple people about the alleged incident at the time it happened, not, as was the case with Blasey-Ford, three decades later.She also can prove she knew Biden, because she worked for him in the U.S. Senate. Of course, New York Times editor in chief Dean Baquet had an explanation why the Times had ignored the Reade claim for three weeks when it had pounced on the Blasey-Ford story like a linx spotting field mouse. Remember? He said, “Kavanaugh was a running, hot story. I don’t think it’s that the ethical standards were different. I think the news judgments had to be made from a different perspective in a running hot story.”
Got that? A woman accusing a Supreme Court nominee of a sexual assault when he was a teenager is a hot story, and a former staffer accusing the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee who had stated repeatedly that all such accusers should be believed wasn’t. Who believes that? And who believes that CNN’s 700-1 disparity between its enthusiasm for the two stories could be rooted in anything other than its fervent desire, as it has demonstrated for more than three years, to do everything it can to assist the Democrats in defeating Donald Trump in November?
CNN is just one of the cabal, as we know, or at least those of us who are not denying that the world is round and the pope is Catholic. CBS has also ignored the story, and when it finally mentioned it last week, it was in a question, not to Biden, but Bernie Sanders, whom a reporter asked—without bothering to even mention Reade’s name (shades of “that woman”)— whether the accusation was worth discussing.
Over at the Washington Post, former editorial staff board member Ruth Marcus (Ugh!), who wrote a whole book about why she thought Kavanaugh was guilty of the acts Blasey-Ford accused him of, attempted the brassy stunt of telling Post readers that she didn’t believe Reade. Ann Althouse wrote of the opinion piece, “This column is (or purports to be) Marcus’s effort to not be a hypocrite.”
But there’s no way to do that…except for those who refuse to see what’s right in front of their eyes.