AP says GOP ‘seized’ on Cuomo sex scandal ‘to try to distract from Biden’s success’

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The mainstream press keep running cover for the Democrat Party in ways so conspicuous and brazen that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to brush it aside.

The bias is so clear cut that even Matt Taibbi, a liberal journalist who works for Rolling Stone magazine — which certainly is no conservative outlet — called it out this week.

One example comes from the Associated Press.

On Saturday it published a report ostensibly about top Democrats calling on New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo to resign over the whirlwind of sexual harassment and assault accusations that have emerged in recent days and weeks.

But only four paragraphs into the story, the AP chose to dedicate a paragraph to a “Republicans pounced” narrative in defense of Biden.

“The escalating political crisis has spawned an impeachment inquiry in an overwhelmingly Democratic state, and threatens to cast a cloud over President Joe Biden’s early days in office,” the AP reported.

Republicans have seized on the scandal to try to distract from Biden’s success tackling the coronavirus pandemic and challenge his party’s well-established advantage with female voters.”

As noted by a spate of critics, that was NOT journalism — it was EDITORIALIZING, aka propaganda.

If only this was a lone example.

Writing for Substack this week, Taibbi called attention to the media’s stunningly two-sided reporting surrounding the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

“When Biden decided not to punish Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the murder of Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi on the grounds that the ‘cost’ of ‘breaching the relationship with one of America’s key Arab allies’ was too high, the New York Times headline read: ‘Biden Won’t Penalize Saudi Crown Prince Over Khashoggi’s Killing, Fearing Relations Breach,'” he wrote.

“When Donald Trump made the same calculation, saying he couldn’t cut ties because ‘the world is a very dangerous place’ and ‘our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,’ the paper joined most of the rest of the press corps in howling in outrage.”

Here’s how the Times headlined Trump’s decision: “In Extraordinary Statement, Trump Stands With Saudis Despite Khashoggi Killing.”

(Source: The New York Times then/now)

The actual piece was worse.

The Times wrote that the then-president’s decision was “a stark distillation of the Trump worldview: remorselessly transactional, heedless of the facts, determined to put America’s interests first, and founded on a theory of moral equivalence.”

Yet in the write-up about Biden published last month, the Times seemingly praised him for remaining “in the cautious middle” and highlighted a quote from a former Middle East negotiator who’d applauded Mr. Biden for ‘trying to thread the needle here.”

As noted by Taibbi, it’s as if the Times had “two opposite takes on exactly the same thing.”

Jim Geraghty, a writer for National Review, theorized last year that the media pursue a “Republicans pounce” narrative to protect Democrat failures.

“A more responsible press would recognize, ‘Holy smokes, something bad has happened! We had better get to the bottom of how it happened, who is responsible, hold them accountable, and ensure that the same problem can’t occur again!'” he wrote.

“But fairly early on, some reporters recognize, ‘Wait, the more we explain this problem and how it happened, the more people might lose faith in Democratic officeholders.’ Some reporters quickly lose interest in the problem itself and become much more interested in how Republicans are responding to the problem.”

“Some” reporters do it virtually all the time:

Returning to Taibbi’s Substack post, he titled it as follows: “The Sovietization of the American Press.”

While an exaggeration, the headline nevertheless seemed eerily accurate …

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Vivek Saxena

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