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?