This may be the year that the establishment press crosses the point of no return.
After 2020, it will be hard to see corporate media as anything but a public relations arm of the Democratic Party following the former’s attempts to bury not one, not two, but three major allegations leveled against left-wing politicians.
Axios, one of the more aggressive and fairer online news outlets, revealed in December that failed presidential candidate and Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell of California developed a relationship with a suspected Chinese spy who worked on behalf of the Communist Chinese government as part of a far-reaching espionage operation.
Swalwell, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, has declined to address his past interactions with Christine Fang, including that she managed somehow to place an intern in his office. He has offered no good reason for why he should remain in his congressional assignment despite the sensitive nature of what is discussed in the committee. His ability to dodge the issue has been enabled in part by media, which have not bothered to press him on the matter. In fact, news of the congressman’s entanglement with a Chinese spy has been ignored entirely by the larger, older news outlets.
ABC, CBS, and NBC ignored the story entirely when it broke. The major broadcast networks continued to ignore it even after Republicans moved to have the congressman removed from the intelligence committee. NBC has nothing on its website about the Chinese spy scandal. Neither does CBS or ABC. The New York Times, the Associated Press, and the Los Angeles Times, similarly have avoided reporting on the scandal. Swalwell, meanwhile, has been allowed to skate on the excuse that the Axios report was a hit job orchestrated by the Trump White House, which doesn’t make any sense.
What a change of pace for the newsrooms that have spent the past four years hunting relentlessly for some connection between the Trump administration and Russian intelligence operations!
Next, there is Democratic Georgia Senate candidate Rev. Raphael Warnock, whose ex-wife, Ouleye Ndoye, is on tape alleging assault by her former spouse.
Ndoye told Atlanta law enforcement officials in March that Warnock had run over her foot during a domestic dispute, according to a police report obtained this month by the Washington Examiner.
“[A]ll he cares about right now is his reputation” because of his Senate campaign, a tearful Ndoye says in footage recorded by a police body camera.
“I’ve tried to keep the way that he acts under wraps for a long time, and today he crossed the line,” she added, tearing up. “So that is what is going on here. And he’s a great actor. He is phenomenal at putting on a really good show.”
The two were going through divorce negotiations at the time.
Weirdly, the newsrooms that published practically every allegation leveled against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his Senate confirmation hearings have seen no news value in Ndoye’s on-camera remarks about the Georgia Senate candidate.
Neither NBC, nor CBS, nor ABC has reported on her allegations. The Washington Post hasn’t touched the story. The New York Times has not touched the story. CNN hasn’t touched the story. MSNBC hasn’t touched the story. The New Yorker hasn’t touched the story. And so on. Just a brief reminder: The New York Times and the New Yorker share a Pulitzer Prize for their #MeToo coverage.
Lastly, there is the Hunter Biden laptop fiasco. Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.
Hunter Biden revealed in December that he is under federal investigation. The FBI, the IRS, and federal prosecutors in Delaware are reviewing his overseas business activities for possible tax and money laundering violations.
Evidence of the investigation, which launched in 2018, first came to light in October after the New York Post revealed the existence of a laptop that reportedly belonged to the president-elect’s son. The New York Post’s investigation into whether Hunter Biden leveraged his father’s political influence to line the family’s pockets included the publication of the laptop’s contents, including an FBI report marked with a case number with “the code associated with an ongoing federal money-laundering investigation in Delaware,” according to the Daily Beast.
“Another document — one with a grand jury subpoena number — appeared to show the initials of two assistant U.S. attorneys linked to the Wilmington, Delaware, office,” the report adds.
The New York Post’s coverage was questioned and ridiculed for weeks by competing newsrooms, including the New York Times, Politico, and MSNBC, which alleged, without a shred of evidence, that the laptop story was Russian disinformation. The New York Post was even locked out of its Twitter account because of its laptop coverage.
The federal investigation is real. The contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop are real. Swalwell’s past relationship with a suspected Chinese spy is real. Warnock’s ex-wife is on tape alleging abuse.
Yet, many of the same news outlets that have spent the past four years chasing after nearly every allegation leveled against conservatives, no matter how ridiculous or outlandish, have ignored all three stories. At some point, one must conclude that the deciding factor in whether these establishment newsrooms cover scandals is whether it hurts members of the Democratic Party.
If that’s how it’s going to be, then what good are these news organizations?