While the media promotes themselves as the arbiters of truth – the reporters of facts – they have become the peddlers of false narratives based on preconceived political bias. Most of what we see, hear and read from the Fourth Estate is not to educate the public, but to draw we the people to specific points-of-view.
The media usurps powers that the Constitution, laws and common sense have not provided to them. The latest example is their reporting on post-election period. We have grown accustomed to the new media announcing the winners of elections even before a fraction of the voting has been counted – and long before there is any official certification of the results by state authorities.
While the elitist east coast press roundly criticizes President Trump for declaring victory and praises Biden for declaring victory, the media has declared the winner. In fact, none of them are authorized to make such claims. They are all nothing more than political bravado – or attempts to lock in opinion in accordance with their respective desired outcomes.
The press will not report accurately – will not educate the public regarding the proper constitutional process that is taking place. The reporting declares Job Biden to be the President-elect. They view the refusal of the Government Services Administration to provide Biden with transition support as politically motivated and a danger to the Republic.
Here are a few facts that – if reported – might prevent public misunderstanding, frustration and even outrage.
Biden is not yet the President-elect. While the MEDIA has declared him the winner in enough states to surpass the 270 electoral vote requirements, that is not official. It is speculation. It is fair to opine that Biden will be President-elect when the process is complete. One can use words like “maybe” or “probably.” But until the certification process is complete – at least in enough states to give Biden (or Trump) 270 or more OFFICIAL electoral votes – we do not have a President-elect.
While it is extremely unlikely that Trump can overtake Biden in the popular vote – I would even say impossible – the President does have a path to victory in the Electoral College. It is a slim one, but not an impossible one.
It is reasonable for Biden to be working on his transition – plans and people. You would be naïve if you did not understand that he and his team have been working on them long before election day. He would be within his rights to even announce elements of that plan at this time. He has already named a Covid-19 team. He could start naming potential Cabinet members. He could have done that even before the election.
However … the press reports that Biden is being unfairly denied transition funds and confidential briefings because of the nasty behavior of Trump administration officials. Not so. Biden will get all the legal services of transition when he is OFFICIALLY the President-elect according to the certifications in the several states – not by some inappropriately assumed authority by Biden or his pals in the press. The latter’s job is to report the fact, not create their own mendacious version of facts.
Several folks on CNN and MSNBC cite the congratulatory calls from foreign heads-of-state to Biden as further evidence that the former Vice President had won the election. Anyone who has spent ten minutes in a civics class knows that foreign leaders play no role in determining or declaring the winner of an American presidential election. Their only error may be to have made those calls too early. Maybe they were also victims of false reporting.
Conversely, some Republicans have suggested that Biden may have violated the Logan Act, which prevents American citizens from engaging in negotiations with foreign governments. That is nonsense. Taking a congratulatory call is no big deal.
It does, however, expose hypocrisy among Democrats. You will recall that they accused General Michael Flynn – the prospective National Security Advisor for the incoming Trump administration – of violating the Act by talking to Russian officials. Flynn was never charged with violating the Logan Act. But they were able to trap Flynn of allegedly lying to investigators about a crime he never committed.
The Logan Act was not used against former Secretary of State John Kerry when he strategized with Iranian officials while Trump was dealing with Kerry’s Iranian nuclear agreement. The Logan Act was also ignored when Senator Ted Kennedy secretly worked with Russian officials in pushing back against President Reagan’s hard line with the Kremlin.
The press reports as if the delay in commencing the start of the official transition will expose the Republic to moral threats. They seem to forget that they felt quite differently when Senator Al Gore was contesting the 2000 presidential election in the courts for more than a month after Election Day. Bush could not go forward with a full-throated transition until early December.
The media is so upset that Trump is not conceding the election – but rather exploring his constitutional and legal right to ensure a fair and honest vote count – that they are in full Trump-hatred reporting, as has been the case for the past four years.
The media is using character assassination methods to make villains of Republican officials who are willing to let the legal court battles play out – and who will not join the hate-fueled and divisive #NeverTrump Resistance Movement. And … these talking heads on the news channels – and their preselected panels of parroting pundits — are arrogantly continuing to demonize as deplorables the 70 million voters who cast a ballot for Trump even as they issue empty calls for unity.
The frightening depth of the media’s desire to make America a one-party government was clearly reflected in a conversation between CNN’s Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon. They suggested that the nation must never forget what THEY view as the wrongful actions of the Republican Party. The Bobbsey Boys of corrupt journalism are already arguing for the defeat of the GOP in all future years. As loyal left-wing Democrats, they want one-party rule over all of America – like that have in their hometown of New York City.
The current version of unity proposed by media is surrender and submit. If that is what they are planning – and how they will continue to report — then the occasional mantra of the left may be correct – no justice, no peace and certainly no unity. Apart from the presidential contest, America showed a preference for Republican values of limited government, lower taxes and greater personal freedom. At least half the people voted to govern – not be ruled over.
So, there ‘tis.