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Sunday, 21 March 2021

“A Threat to American Democracy” – Federal Judge Warns About Dangers of Democrat Media Complex

 

A prominent Washington D.C. Circuit Court Judge, Laurence Silberman, warned in his dissent in a case, that the media has become very close to one party (Democrat) control.

Judge Laurence Silberman is no ordinary judge.  According to Wikipedia:

Laurence Hirsch Silberman (born October 12, 1935) is an American lawyer, jurist, and government official who serves as a circuit judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. He was appointed in October 1985 by Ronald Reagan and took senior status on November 1, 2000. On June 11, 2008, George W. Bush awarded Silberman the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Judge Silberman released a dissent in a case where he took on Big Media’s bias. Silberman wrote in his dissent:

“Although the bias against the Republican Party—not just controversial individuals—is rather shocking today, this is not new; it is a long-term, secular trend going back at least to the ’70s,” Silberman wrote. “Two of the three most influential papers (at least historically), The New York Times and The Washington Post, are virtually Democratic Party broadsheets. And the news section of The Wall Street Journal leans in the same direction. The orientation of these three papers is followed by The Associated Press and most large papers across the country (such as the Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, and Boston Globe). Nearly all television—network and cable—is a Democratic Party trumpet. Even the government-supported National Public Radio follows along.”

Silberman then took on Big Tech:

He accused Silicon Valley of filtering news “in ways favorable to the Democratic Party” and fueling censorship, citing the suppression of the New York Post’s bombshell reporting on Hunter Biden in the final weeks of the 2020 presidential election.

“It is well-accepted that viewpoint discrimination ‘raises the specter that the Government may effectively drive certain ideas or viewpoints from the marketplace,'” Silberman said. “But ideological homogeneity in the media—or in the channels of information distribution—risks repressing certain ideas from the public consciousness just as surely as if access were restricted by the government.”

Finally, Silberman took on the current one-party control of the press and media:

“It should be borne in mind that the first step taken by any potential authoritarian or dictatorial regime is to gain control of communications, particularly the delivery of news. It is fair to conclude, therefore, that one-party control of the press and media is a threat to a viable democracy,” the judge continued. “It may even give rise to countervailing extremism.

“The First Amendment guarantees a free press to foster a vibrant trade in ideas. But a biased press can distort the marketplace. And when the media has proven its willingness—if not eagerness—to so distort, it is a profound mistake to stand by unjustified legal rules that serve only to enhance the press’ power.”

We couldn’t agree more.  The media in the US is more like that of 3rd world banana republics than of the news media from decades ago in the US.  Of course, there have always been liberal efforts to control the news but the US has long surpassed having a free and fair press in the Mainstream media and with the advent of the far-left social media giants. 

Obama killed a free and fair press in the US.

 

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