Corruption in the Fourth Estate: Will media bias hurt the Democrats in 2022?

It’s easy to think that the liberal media’s illegitimate coverage of the Biden Administration will turn out to be a multi-billion dollar in-kind contribution to the President and Democrat Party. To this, I say not so fast.   

During the 2020 presidential campaign, conservatives assumed that the leftward-biased media would be openly hostile toward President Donald J. Trump and carry their candidate Joe Biden to the finish line. And Mr. Biden certainly needed all the help he could get.

With unprecedented glowing coverage during the general election and no follow-up questions from his basement, Mr. Biden could still only manage to win by about 42,000 votes in three states. But now, with Mr. Biden in the White House, the media’s performance as a Democrat Super PAC has only sped up in the past six months. 

With each passing day, scandals associated with Democrats are ignored while similar — and in many cases, much less spectacular — controversies involving Republicans are gleefully reported on and re-hashed ad nauseam. Imagine if Hunter Biden’s laptop belonged to a Trump family member or a Republican senator affiliated with the same diversity-deficient clubs as Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse. In the laptop case, a special counsel would have been appointed long ago, and a conservative senator in Mr. Whitehouse’s shoes would be facing resignation or at very least thorough public humiliation.

The stunning double standard in coverage depending on political affiliation is irresponsible, arrogant, and short-sighted. The American people used to rely on real journalists to follow the facts without regard for who holds the levers of power at any given moment. Sadly, in the age of Trump Derangement Syndrome, that’s no longer the case.

While it’s important — and justified — to call out bias in the media and the dangerous politicization of the once-heralded Fourth Estate, it also begs the question: Will doubling down on their shameful behavior now that Mr. Biden’s in the White House ultimately backfire on the liberals and their allies in the media come election time?

As leaders on the left make a sport out of attacking America on our Independence Day, defend the indefensible Critical Race Theory, promote the disgraceful defund the police movement, and compare popular voter ID laws to the Jim Crow era, the biased media enables them. But in the end, this strategy won’t be good for Democrats. In fact, it’s more likely to cause a great pro-America awakening.   
For instance, when a Democrat member of Congress falsely declares on July 4th that “black people still aren’t free,” and the liberal media doesn’t condemn the lie — that isn’t helping the Democrat Party of America.

When the Biden Administration tries to blame defunding police on Republicans — a tall tale of unparalleled proportions — and the mainstream media stands idly by, that’s not helping our heroes in blue or doing something constructive about the spike in crime that’s ravaging our country.

When the National Education Association promises to promote Critical Race Theory at the same time Democrat nominee for Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe dismisses the poisonous curriculum as a conspiracy theory and the mainstream media doesn’t take issue with it, that’s only going to draw the ire of Virginia parents and turn the race against Republican outsider Glenn Youngkin into a toss-up.  Because at the end of the day, the absence of critical media doesn’t make one into a sharper candidate or a more skilled politician — in fact, it’s quite the opposite.

And when House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn says that Democrats are “always for voter ID” despite his party calling it a form of voter suppression in their drive to enact the disastrous “For The People Act,” and the liberal media doesn’t feel it necessary to note the hypocrisy, that’s not helping American unity or the cause of free and fair elections.

The mainstream media’s failure to be an impartial check on the radical actions of the socialist left is a total dereliction of duty. However, the American people are paying close attention to what’s happening. The media will understand in time with the tidal wave forming for a Republican takeover of Congress next year.

We’re in the midst of a violent crime wave. Parents are angry about Critical Race Theory. Dangerous inflation is here. China isn’t being held accountable. Our southern border is in crisis. And the Democrats have no answer — and the truth is they never did. Americans must force the liberal media to rethink their defective modus operandi when they go to the polls in 2021, 2022, and beyond.

• David N. Bossie is president of Citizens United and he served as deputy campaign manager for Donald J. Trump for President.

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