The Mainstream Media’s Reflex Defense of Biden’s Classified Documents Is A “Nah, There’s No Mainstream Media Bias!” Classic

The excellent substack newsletter “Public” has an excellent summary of how flagrantly the news media set out to spin the still unraveling Joe Biden classified document story. The article notes that in their zeal to protect the “good” party (for that’s their mission now) news outlets got way ahead of the facts, and now have to extract themselves from a mess of their own making. Yesterday the Washington Post yesterday published a piece trying to excuse its reporters’ bias by claiming that they tried to be fair and balanced. Read the whole Public article, but here are the highlights:

  • The media’sclaim that Trump had about 30 times more classified documents than Biden was made before it was known how many documents Biden had. They are still being uncovered. Sloppy reporting, and the knod of slopping reporting that is the predictable result of partisan bias.
  • “Nobody is in a position to say whether Trump’s apparent mishandling of classified documents was more of a threat to national security or a violation of the rules than Biden’s because we don’t know what exactly was revealed in the documents.” Yet i have heard and read exactly that claim ever since the story broke.
  • The claim is that Biden was completely open and compliant in publicly revealing the documents, while Trump was obfuscating and dodging his legal duties. False Biden knew about the mishandled documents as early as November 2, 2022, a week before the election, and kept it secret. The White House notified the National Archives and Records Administration of their discovery on November 2, but  did not notify the Justice Department.
  • Trump tried to block federal government measures to obtain the documents in his possession, but he believed  he had a legal right to the keep them. Trump has claimed that he declassified the documents, while Biden has not. Moreover, it appears that a Vice President does not have the legal authority to declassify documents, because the 2003 executive order signed by President George W. Bush does not say whether vice presidents have the “supervisory authority” over departments and agencies that is required to declassify information legally.

The article concludes,

[A]lmost everything the news media confidently reported as the core facts of their case against Trump and for Biden was either wrong or unknowable.  Why is that? Why is it that the media rushed to judgment in the way that it did?

I assume that this last is tongue in cheek. It is obvious why, isn’t it?

24 thoughts on “The Mainstream Media’s Reflex Defense of Biden’s Classified Documents Is A “Nah, There’s No Mainstream Media Bias!” Classic

  1. The substack newsletter “Public” concluded that “[A]lmost everything the news media confidently reported as the core facts of their case against Trump and for Biden was either wrong or unknowable. Why is that? Why is it that the media rushed to judgment in the way that it did?”

    Back on January 10th I wrote,

    As I have said until I’m blue in the face, “The political left has shown its pattern of propaganda lies within their narratives so many times since 2016 that it’s beyond me why anyone would blindly accept any narrative that the political left and their lapdog media actively push?”

    Knowing the verifiable pattern of propaganda lies in the political left’s narratives; if this is what they are willingly telling us, what are the other facts that they are intentionally hiding behind their Pravda veil.

    Of course they are being completely transparent this time with this narrative; hell no, there’s not a chance in hell that I’m gonna buy this narrative either.

    The boy who cried wolf.

    It appears that I was correct to be very skeptical of the Biden classified document narrative being presented by the main stream media complex.

    It appears to me that the only time the political left’s Pravda media figuratively opens their mouth is to somehow proclaim their propaganda as “truth” or to change socks because their propaganda was proven false; and yet, their sheeple swallow every projectile vomited word as if it’s proven fact and dutifully say to their shepherd, “thank you sir, may I have another”.

  2. In all honesty, being the cynic that I am I think the revelation of Biden’s stash was deliberate for the purpose of achieving two things: 1) give the DOJ and Dems an excuse not to press with prosecuting Trump (the main objective of that affair, including the FBI raid, was to affect the midterm election, which they seeming achieved); and 2) discourage Biden from seeking reelection

    • Ron-in-Chicago wrote, “In all honesty, being the cynic that I am I think the revelation of Biden’s stash was deliberate for the purpose of achieving two things: 1) give the DOJ and Dems an excuse not to press with prosecuting Trump (the main objective of that affair, including the FBI raid, was to affect the midterm election, which they seeming achieved); and 2) discourage Biden from seeking reelection”

      For a moment let’s say that what you wrote is true; to what end was this plan set in motion? The people that set this in motion (deep state?) would have had to have had an end game as in, who are they trying to put into the White House?

      • Kamala or Pete. Anyone, Steve. It doesn’t matter. They ran Joe Biden and, in the words of Harry Reid, “They won, didn’t they?”

        • Anyone?

          It’s been said that it’s better to deal with the devil you know, so if this is a leftist ploy that Ron-in-Chicago is talking about why wouldn’t they want to keep Biden, he’s “controllable” where they don’t know if this “anyone” you speak of is controllable. If this is a rightie ploy, are they wanting Trump again?

          End game can’t be anyone because when “anyone” is acceptable over what’s there, then it becomes much easier to get a Hitler.

          • Almost any modern-day politician is simply a sock puppet for his handlers. They only say or do anything that’s been fed to them by their consultants. They’re all controllable. They’re nothing but controllable.

      • Steve Withserspoon:

        My suspicion has always been that they wanted to get a woman in the White House. That is the long and the short of it.

        Hilary was supposed to get in in 2008, but she could not beat Obama. The DNC figured a black guy was just as historic as a white woman so she was promised the next round (I can think of no other reason why Biden, a two-term VP would step aside for one-term before seeking the Presidency).

        Biden stepped aside so they could get a woman elected President. In exchange, he was promised the next round.

        Notice that, as popular as Bernie is, he will never get the nomination. He is not a part of the party; they just keep him around to catch the Socialists and Communists.

        But, with Joe, the stipulation came that he needed to pick a black woman as his running mate. That way, if he decided not to run, died, or became incapacitated, they could have their historic president without having to elect her.

        Now that we are past the mid-terms, Harris could come in anytime and serve two more terms as President.

        Biden’s suggestion that he plans to run again is problematic, because the public is on to the facts that he is incompetent. If he runs again, they may not be able to get their black woman into office. So, the DNC needs him to step aside. They can’t keep hoping he will keel over and, at some point, his dementia is going to reflect poorly on Kamala. So, he needs to be made to make a hard choice.

        Too outlandish? Maybe. If Biden manages to complete his first term, I may be wrong. I always expected that he would not serve a whole term.

        We will see….

        -Jut

        • JutGory wrote, “Now that we are past the mid-terms, Harris could come in anytime and serve two more terms as President.”

          I don’t know how many times I’ve written something almost identical to that.

        • I don’t disagree save and except that the Democrats are very disappointed in Harris. She has been given tough problems to address and has failed miserably. She can’t even rally her own party to deal with immigration reform.

          Oh, and Latin America thinks she is a complete joke.

          jvb

      • Steve, I posted my own “conspiracy theories” in a few comments on Friday’s open forum
        https://ethicsalarms.com/2023/01/13/friday-open-forum-if-you-have-the-stomach-for-it/

        In a nutshell, my opinion was like Ron’s in that they don’t don’t want to get SloJo booted right now (and put Kamala, whom even they don’t like, in place), but just have him not run again, which would probably mean Kackles would be out, too. Maybe they don’t yet have a solid plan past getting that done. If they do, they might consider Mayor Pete as just as good an “historic” checkbox as a woman. He’s also cute, presentable, well-spoken, and always “has a plan”, at least retrospectively. Competence isn’t on the candidate requirements list of the DNC leadership cabal. If Bill and Hillary still own them, she may be resigned to never getting the “first woman” award, but not to seeing someone else get it instead.

  3. Yeah, I think the Dems’ success (or GOP’s failure) in the midterms made Biden, or his handlers, too confident threatening the Dems plan to get another “historical” candidate, or at least someone that won’t be destroyed if he/she actually has to campaign and debate; they also may want Harris in now because they figure it’s a lot easier for her to win as a sitting POTUS. Biden was only picked because he offered the best chance to beat Trump in 2020; by 2024 the Dems think they have many “swing” states in their pockets with all the election changes so they can run anyone they want.

  4. As a lay person, is it customary for Biden’s lawyers to be packing boxes in a non-governmental office building for the president if no one expected to find something that might present significant legal jeopardy for Biden?

    • Chris,
      I don’t remember it being reported that the first batch of documents was found by President Biden’s lawyers. Did I miss that, because if I did your question is a really interesting way of looking at it.

    • I’m surprised they waited this long to do it. Considering his daughter’s diary, Hunter’s laptop, etc., you’d think they’d be cleaning up behind Joe at every step, particularly at a location like the house where Hunter (and maybe a full-time caretaker?) lived, and whatever hookers and drug dealers and whatnot visited.

      So, who would they send to clean up? If they just send some staffers or random hirelings, there’s a risk someone will come across something embarrassing and “marketable”, it will disappear into a pocket, and copies will be made, sold, and put in front of the public.
      Lawyers, then, who have a duty to their client, right? Sure, as long as you haven’t imagined that they might come across something as toxically illegal as classified documents. Now, the lawyers are stuck; they’re not supposed to facilitate a crime. If they’re honest lawyers (no, really, stick with me here 😉 ) they’ll decide they have to turn them in. If they’re dishonest, and inclined to toss the papers in the burn barrel, they’ll know they’re at risk of very serious legal consequences if questions should somehow start being asked, or one of their number grows a conscience and breaks silence. Safest for them to grant their client some consideration and hand them over, but with a warning that if the papers are not passed to the proper people, they will go to the authorities themselves.

  5. Gotta say I’m a bit surprised this has gotten the amount of attention it’s gotten, not only from the Lefty press, but from prominent, reliable, career Lefties like Garamendi, Stebenow, and…Ilhan Omar?

    Something’s afoot!

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