HAS the overwhelming desire of the progressive liberal mainstream media to see Donald Trump disappear, never to reappear again, stopped them reporting on one huge tranche of active US politics – namely Trump’s decision to challenge the US election result state by state and nationally?
Are we witnessing the biggest ‘cancel culture’ phenomenon ever, generated by the mainstream media, who have decided that the best way to make Trump disappear is not report him at all, never mind a potential election scandal unprecedented in US history, so averse are they to him?
From the start of Trump’s fightback against the impatiently and prematurely called US election result for Biden, the MSM – with one or two isolated exceptions – decided without further examination that it was fair and decisive. And they have not budged on this as time has gone.
In fact, there’s been a near blackout on reportage of any of the numerous disputes across multiple states on the basis of tight margins and procedural irregularities, except to dismiss them with no further ado.
We’ve been told that Trump’s campaign team lawsuits have not a leg to stand on despite, again, troubling and mounting evidence of voter fraud. The Telegraph is but one paper to confidently accuse Trump of falsely claiming the election was stolen. Maybe it wasn’t stolen, but as Frederick Edward opined recently in these pages, pigs might fly.
Whatever the final truth to emerge, there has been next to no interest taken in the evidence to the contrary. The silence has been deafening on the battle Trump is fighting. It’s Sky News Australia we have to turn to just to be updated on what is happening.
All of which has prompted the ever-vigilant James Delingpole to question what is going on – not in the UK’s Trump-averse Spectator, but in its more open-minded Australian cousin.
He asks where are all the journalists?
‘I’ve been a journalist for around 30 years now and I don’t think there’s ever been an issue on which my confreres have been so unanimous,’ he writes. ‘Our media has a reputation for being robust and argumentative and open to all manner of diverse opinions.
‘But pretty much every journalist, even the Right-wingers and the shock jocks and the leftfield contrarians, has made up their mind that Trump definitely lost and must bow out gracefully to spare us any more embarrassment.
‘Oh, and by the way, here on pages 5, 6 and 7 are the details of who Biden has picked for his cabinet and what his plans for the next four years are – and do turn to the features section for some touchy-feely meditations on how the world has become so much nicer a place now that kindly Uncle Joe has ousted that nasty orange man from the Oval Office.’
As Delingpole says, what no one wants to address is ‘the large quantity of evidence which appears strongly to suggest that this particular presidential election was rigged to a degree perhaps unprecedented in US history’.
As bad if not worse than the refusal of the MSM to report it dispassionately or not at all, has been the determination of some outlets to actively debunk evidence of fraud through bogus fact-checking. An article by Mollie Hemingway in the Federalist exposes how it’s been done with respect to the Georgia vote.
‘Newly discovered security footage from Georgia’s State Farm Arena showed dozens of ballot counters, media, and Republican observers leaving en masse at the same time from the ballot-counting area for Fulton County.
‘After they left, a small remnant of about four workers began pulling trunks containing thousands of ballots from underneath a table with a long tablecloth and running them through machines.
‘The footage supported claims from Republicans that they were told counting had stopped for the night, only to find out hours later that it had kept going on.’
The next thing to happen was that a group called Lead Stories published a ‘hoax alert’, falsely claiming to have debunked the security video which the Washington Post, Newsweek, and other outlets happily ‘bought’, criticising non-Leftist journalists for giving the video traction.
In fact, none of the claims made by the Republicans were debunked. Hemingway’s detailed account deserves to be read in full. It is shattering and validates the Trump team’s allegations about massive irregularities and fraud. What also emerges is the dubious nature of the fact-checkers that elements of the MSM relied on to debunk it:
She reports: ‘The “fact” “check” was originally written by Alan Duke and Hallie Golden, although Golden’s name was removed from later versions of the story. Golden is a freelance writer whose work regularly appears in the Guardian, a left-wing publication. Duke, a CNN entertainment reporter, retired from the left-wing outlet after 26 years.’
Furthermore, Lead Stories, the fact-checking company they work for claims it is funded by Facebook, Google, and ByteDance: ‘The latter is the Beijing-based and China Communist Party-linked company known for TikTok.
‘Facebook and Google have suppressed journalism deemed harmful to Trump’s 2020 election opponent Joe Biden. The Trump administration has said TikTok’s ties to the Chinese Communist government makes it a national security threat.’
Finally, Hemingway notes: ‘In a Kafka-esque twist, Facebook is now using Lead Stories to censor this (Hemingway’s) story critical of Lead Stories’.
Meanwhile, attorney and Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz has said that he believes the Supreme Court may get involved in adjudicating on whether state legislators have the power to pick alternate Electoral College electors who would vote for President Donald Trump if legislatures determine there was voter fraud, even after an initial slate of electors has cast its votes on December 14.
However hard the so-called progressive liberal press want to wish this all away, it just isn’t – whether they like it or not.
Which leaves us with Delingpole’s pertinent question about his profession: ‘Seriously, what on Earth is going on with my trade when dangling out there, like the most luscious of low-hanging fruits, is a US political scandal so major it makes Watergate look like the Teddy Bears’ Picnic?’
I think a lot of egg on a lot of faces is a reasonably safe prediction, don’t you?
Except at Sky News Australia where the updates keep coming.