I was going to post about this one days ago, got distracted, and then was reminded about again when I saw today’s Exhibit B (coming along soon).
As Ethics Alarms has been chronicling (incompletely to be sure), the mainstream media is as panicked as its client, the Democratic Party, about the likelihood that the multilateral disasters created by administration policies as well as the performance of progressive governors and big city mayors will lead to an epic rejection in the November mid-term elections. I expect the mainstream media, deep in the throes of a “Bias Makes You Stupid” attack, to cross even more journalism ethics lines than it has been and further undermines what’s left of its credibility as the big day approaches.
The major themes in this desperation assault on reality and public awareness seem to be…
- …the Supreme Court letting legislatures decide how to regulate abortion is an attack on democracy.
- …the Republicans tried to take over the government in 2021 with the Capitol riot, so the Democrats must be allowed to continue eliminating and punishing dissent in the name of freedom.
- …Donald Trump and anyone who supports him is a Nazi, as President Biden clearly explained during his cool Adolf Hitler impression
- …”It isn’t what it is” explains and excuses anti-white racial discrimination in public policy; the illegal immigration wave; inflation; the increase in crime, soaring gas prices, public treasury hand-outs to those who haven’t paid their college loans while the suckers who met their financial obligations are just patsies; the frightening politicizing of the Justice Department as a Leftist state policing tool; the sexualizing of public school education and everything else that seems to be spinning out of control,and
- ….all opposition efforts to criticize or condemn any or all of the above is “a conspiracy theory” or a “Big Lie”
Exhibit A is an example of the latter, and a pretty amusing one, if one can find the total rot of American journalism funny.
In the Times story shown on the left above, Times reporter Stuart Thompson sneered about conspiracy-mongering conservatives spreading more election lies. As is often the case, the publicly funded state propaganda radio network NPR’s story from September led the way, as it defended against rumors regarding a small Michigan-based software company called Konnech.
At an invitation-only conference in August at a secret location southeast of Phoenix, a group of election deniers unspooled a new conspiracy theory about the 2020 presidential outcome.
“Election deniers” is itself unethical journalism, lumping those who still have legitimate suspicions about the fairness and integrity of that election with the fascists and anti-Semites who deny the Holocaust. But I digress…
Using threadbare evidence, or none at all, the group suggested that a small American election software company, Konnech, had secret ties to the Chinese Communist Party and had given the Chinese government backdoor access to personal data about two million poll workers in the United States, according to online accounts from several people at the conference….But the attacks on Konnech demonstrate how far-right election deniers are also giving more attention to new and more secondary companies and groups….….Konnech said none of the accusations were true. It said that all the data for its American customers were stored on servers in the United States and that it had no ties to the Chinese government. But the claims have had consequences for the firm. Konnech’s founder and chief executive, Eugene Yu, an American citizen who immigrated from China in 1986, went into hiding with his family after receiving threatening messages….
“I’ve cried,” Mr. Yu wrote in an email. “Other than the birth of my daughter, I hadn’t cried since kindergarten.”
Poor Mr. Yu! I bet he cried even more the same day the Times story appeared, when he was arrested by Los Angeles County officials in connection with an investigation into the alleged theft of personal information about poll workers.
Did the Times apologize or do any soul-searching about this flaming example of how its bias misleads readers? Of course not. Nor did more than a few of its fellow travelers in the biased journalism cabal mention its humiliation (and I forgot.)
Our even woker neighbors to the north clearly have a handle on what’s so scary about this phenomenon: