A “Nah, There’s No Mainstream Media Bias” Spectacular, Featuring Biased Social Media!

Smoking gun2

I would call this the smoking gun, but when it comes to the news media and social media’s anti-democratic collusion with “the resistance” and the Democratic Party to defeat President Trump, the metaphorical floor is piled many feet high with smoking guns. This one, however, is especially smoky.

Today, the New York Post—watch out, it’s a conservative paper, out of the mainstream media Get Trump! Club!—published this story:

Hunter Biden introduced his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, to a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm less than a year before the elder Biden pressured government officials in Ukraine into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company, according to emails obtained by The Post.The never-before-revealed meeting is mentioned in a message of appreciation that Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to the board of Burisma, allegedly sent Hunter Biden on April 17, 2015, about a year after Hunter joined the Burisma board at a reported salary of up to $50,000 a month.

“Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together. It’s realty [sic] an honor and pleasure,” the email reads. An earlier email from May 2014 also shows Pozharskyi, reportedly Burisma’s No. 3 exec, asking Hunter for “advice on how you could use your influence” on the company’s behalf.

The blockbuster correspondence — which flies in the face of Joe Biden’s claim that he’s “never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings” — is contained in a massive trove of data recovered from a laptop computer….

The New York Times’ Maggie Haberman and Politico’s Jake Sherman, both certified Trump assassins, set out to debunk the story. No no! they were told. The proper procedure is to ignore it! It’s not news; it comes from their side.  Center for American Progress President Neera Tanden accused Haberman of promoting disinformation. Time op-ed columnist Michelle Goldberg accused Sherman of helping to “launder this bullshit into the news cycle.” Democratic historian Kevin Kruse asked why such good, loyal, woke reporters were “amplifying” the story.

Haberman and Sherman were, however, practicing journalism by challenging and checking the story, which deserves to be checked. The Post says the email was obtained from the hard drive of a computer that may or may not have belonged to Hunter Biden, and that turned up in 2019 at a computer repair store owner in Delaware. The FBI took possession of the laptop in December 2019, but the the store owner copied the hard drive and sent it to former New York Mayor Rudy Giulian, a current attorney for the President. Former Trump advisor Steve Bannon then learned about the email and leaked it to the Post.

As Robby Soave points out at Reason, even  if everything contained within the story turned out to be true, it still would not prove that the meeting with Joe Biden actually took place. However, he writes,

Haberman and Sherman were right to let their audiences know that The New York Post story exists, and they were right to challenge it. Many others in the media apparently believe the public cannot be trusted with such a challenging article. They have not merely shamed people for sharing it online, but also want to make it difficult for people to read the report at all.

This is, of course, a double standard. The number of dubious and ultimately disproved leaks and rumors that were published by the Times and broadcast by CNN and others alleging nefarious activities by President Trump or his campaign could fill the Albert Hall.

Facebook Communications Director Andy Stone, a former Democratic staffer—what a coinkydink!announced that his social media platform would limit the story’s distribution pending an objective  fact-checker’s review—you know, like Snopes. He cited Facebook policy, which states that “in many countries, including in the US, if we have signals that a piece of content is false, we temporarily reduce its distribution pending review by a third-party fact-checker.” What “signals”? Oh, you know—like the fact that the New York Post is potentially damaging to the man running against Donald Trump.

Twitter, meanwhile, censored the tweet of a New York Post editor for trying to share the link, prompting this:

Censored tweet

Then poor, biased but sincere Washington Post factchecker Glenn Kessler really stepped in it. He explained why the Post would ignore the story by citing the paper’s alleged policies about leaked stories and other accounts of dubious reliability:

Post leak policy

Fascinating! That prompted such predictable and completely fair reactions as these:

From The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway:

The paper that was the uncritical receptacle for the sketchily edited leaks of the Russia collusion narrative had a policy against what it did? Interesting, but weird how it’s unevenly applied. Also, the 2018 midterms and your smear operation against Kavanaugh would like a word.

And from Washington Times reporter Byron York:

“A strict policy: Never believe or pass on news from sketchy sources. Never. Unless it’s a secret recording of the President. Or the First Lady. Or the National Security Adviser. Or tax returns. Or a dossier. Or a pee tape. Or head-of-state call transcripts. Or…”

So, I ask once again, which is it? Do the defenders of the current news media and social media role as partisan advocates and manipulators of public knowledge and understanding enable this conduct because they agree with the underlying political motives, and thus deem it an example of the ends justifying the means?

Or are they just spectacularly biased, stupid, and corrupt?

If there is a third and less damning explanation, I’m missing it.

20 thoughts on “A “Nah, There’s No Mainstream Media Bias” Spectacular, Featuring Biased Social Media!

  1. …and Nancy Pelosi actually accused Wolf Blitzer of being a Trump apologist !!!!! for pushing her on the issue of why she has refused to move to a position that would get some pandemic relief passed.

    • Stunning lack of preparation on Pelosi’s part. She should have seen it coming and prepared accordingly.

      Losing her cool under moderate pressure didn’t help her cause either.

      • No, the Left and Democrats are so certain of news media bias and complicity that they are taken aback when they don’t get it, ad actually indignant. How dare they be objective! It’s more proof of the de facto alliance that my Facebook friends deny.

        It reminded me of DicK Morris, that slime, reprimanding Greta Van Susterin when she challenged him on one of his statements. “You’re on Fox News now!” he protested. In other words, how dare she expose a conservative lie!

    • I saw that and was shocked at her condescension. Crazy.

      I now understand why the underlings are so arrogant and fake.

      Unbelievable how she chastised and shamed him for not agreeing with her and her 12 people who “know” what they are talking about.

      I was proud of Him. 80 k comments too blasting her and giving him thumbs up.

  2. Jack,

    Great article! I’d just finished sending you an email pointing you to this very story before it occurred to me you’d probably posted about it already. Moments later, and here we are. I look forward to your continued thoughts as this story evolves.

    • Ditto. It evolves.

      I’ve been wondering if the left-stream-main-media hasn’t been rumbling lately. After all, if you are a press medium,* after 6+ years of trying to find new vocabulary to keep pushing the same side as almost everyone else, aren’t you seriously bored?

      *press medium (alternate definition per Mary M. Webster): that which arrives on news editor’s desk via ouija board with whispers from the great beyond.

      • Referring to Facebook’s recent about-face on overt censorship. Various pundits in favor of censorship by Big Tech have denied the existence of a slippery slope in this area. Two days ago, Facebook was going to start blocking Holocaust deniers. Yesterday, they extended that to anyone actively discouraging vaccination – a notable escalation from objectively false claims of fact to ill-considered opinion. Today they’re blocking stories from major media outlets, nominally based on verification, but clearly having more to do with viewpoint.

        In other words, those denying the slippery slope are fooling themselves. They are sliding and picking up speed; the rest of us are not furiously climbing.

  3. It would seem Twitter has locked the account of Kayley McEnany and begun deleting her entries. I guess the mask is just off now. We were all bored of the pretense anyway.

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