Media Bias - Dec 16th

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Controversial Fox News host Sean Hannity set social media abuzz Monday by seeming to admit that his self-titled show does not vet information. He quickly walked back the statement before continuing to push the debunked Hunter Biden laptop conspiracy that even his own network won’t officially endorse.

The comment came during one of the many "Hannity" segments assailing the mainstream media as corrupt and biased. Clips quickly made their way to social media of Hannity saying: “I am not told what to say, I don’t vet the information on this program that I give out. We have always been independent, follow our own path on the show.”

Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany scolded the media on Tuesday for overlooking scandals surrounding Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., and Hunter Biden.

McEnany noted that President Trump’s Middle East peace deals haven’t received significant coverage by the mainstream media but told viewers they shouldn’t be surprised at this point.

“In the last 24, 48 hours there have been quite a few stories that have not gotten a ton of coverage in the mainstream media, as former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer said, ‘Bias is often found in the stories the press does not cover,'” McEnany said before citing recent examples.

With the sun setting on the Trump presidency, Jorge Ramos has compiled a report card on the performance of the national media. It is not favorable. “We journalists should have been tougher on Mr. Trump, questioning his every lie and insult,” writes Ramos, a Univision anchor, in an op-ed for the New York Times. “We should not have let him get away with his racism and xenophobia. We should never again allow someone to create an alternative reality in order to seize the presidency.”

The focus of Ramos’s critique is the period between June 16, 2015 — when Donald Trump joined the presidential race — and Nov. 8, 2016 — when he won. About two months after Trump’s entrance, at an event in Dubuque, Iowa, Ramos famously confronted the candidate over his racist immigration comments in a news conference. “Excuse me, sit down, you weren’t called. Sit down, sit down. Sit down,” replied Trump. Ramos attempted to make his point: “I have the right to ask a question,” said the anchor. A security guard booted Ramos from the room, though he was later allowed to reenter.

Little came of the clash, as Ramos lamented in his op-ed: “After my confrontation with Mr. Trump, several journalists expressed their solidarity with me. And yet, strangely and dangerously, the incident failed to shift the media’s obsessive coverage of Mr. Trump, which over time normalized his rude, abusive and xenophobic behavior.”

The Ramos incident was one among several Trump incidents that failed to shift, well, anything. The atrocities — against the media, against immigrants and minorities, against decency, against democracy — started piling up, and they haven’t stopped. If the media had been tougher, suggests Ramos, the outcome could have been different: “Perhaps it was the pandemic that was most responsible for putting an end to Mr. Trump’s presidency,” writes Ramos. “But the entire debacle might have been avoided if we had simply paid greater attention — and offered more resistance — to the words and gestures of the undeserving man who descended the golden escalator of Trump Tower in 2015.”

Media watchdog NewsBusters says New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s name wasn’t on the lips of anyone at CBS, NBC and ABC in recent days after he was accused of sexual harassment by a former aide.

“Yes, @NYGovCuomo sexually harassed me for years. Many saw it, and watched,” Lindsey Boylan, who worked as a special adviser and deputy secretary for economic development for the Democrat from March 2015 through October 2018, tweeted Sunday.

“I could never anticipate what to expect,” she continued in a series of tweets. “Would I be grilled on my work (which was very good) or harassed about my looks. Or would it be both in the same conversation? This was the way for years. Not knowing what to expect what’s the most upsetting part aside from knowing that no one would do a damn thing even when they saw it. No one. And I *know* I am not the only woman.”

Mr. Cuomo’s press secretary insisted that “there is simply no truth to these claims,” Fox News reported.

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