I love this! It’s got everything you want in a smoking gun biased news media reveal, and best of all, there’s only one way to interpret it. Once again, the lesson is, “When these people show you who they are, pay attention, and believe them.
In the December 12, 2022 Washington Post story discussed in the previous post—this is the Post’s effort to spin the recent revelations by Elon Musk as the opposite of what they are [Item #2]—the Post’s reporters Cat Zakrzewski, Joseph Menn and Naomi Nix originally wrote, its editors passed on, and the Post published,
But Taibbi and Weiss are not “conservatives.” Taibbi was a reporter and pundit for the very progressive “Rolling Stone” until he became disgusted with the unethical and biased trend in his profession. Bari Weiss was a New York Times editor until she left in a similar demonstration of independence and integrity. If fact, the very reason Elon Musk chose them to be among the analysts and reporters of the Twitter documents he is releasing was precisely because they were not “conservative,” but journalists who have protested and exposed exactly the kind of unethical and anti-democratic conduct the “Twitter Files” reveal. Referring to Weiss and Taibbi in this way was an effort to discredit them and to imply that they are the biased and unethical ones.
I never saw that version of the article: once the Post’s cheap trick was caught and condemned by many commentators, the paper quietly eliminated “conservative,” a stealth edit that proved the criticism to be accurate. The well-earned abuse remains relevant, however:
National Review contributor Pradheep J. Shanker: “They are not interested in actually telling the truth. Everything is spin,”
Journalist and author Abigail Shrier: “‘Conservative’ is just a smear to the MSM. It has no other meaning except to brand someone as unworthy. To signal to its readership that such a person can be safely ignored,”tweeted.
Taibbi: “That is hilarious. Anyone who steps out of line in any way is labeled conservative or pro-Trump now. It’s automatic and predictable.”
Sky News host Rita Panahi: “Calling those two conservative is so patently ridiculous. Wacky WaPo gaslighting like crazy.”
“The Intercept” investigative reporter Lee Fang: “There’s almost a medieval quality to a lot of political discourse. If you don’t agree with every mainstream liberal opinion, then you’re a conservative? They see the world in black and white.”
Federalist co-founder Sean Davis: “We must understand how leftists and wokesters use words. They don’t care that calling Taibbi and Weiss conservatives is a lie. WaPo uses that word to signal to its NPC readers that Taibbi/Weiss are the evil out-group and therefore everything they say should be ignored.”
And many more. Most of the whistle-blowers, unlike Taibbi and Weiss, are conservative journalists. Only a handful of progressive journalists—you, know, the majority of reporters— didn’t have the courage or integrity to flag the Post’s misinformation.
If there were a need for any additional evidence (there shouldn’t be by now) that the Post’s pompous creed “Democracy Dies in Darkness” is now a nothing but a mordant, sarcastic joke, this was it.
Source: Fox News