The further to the left or the right you move, the more your lens on life distorts.

Friday, April 08, 2022

Factually Accurate

There are comparatively few right-leaning main stream media outlets (The NY Post, the editorial section of WSJ, FoxNews and a few others). A friend—a regular consumer of left-leaning media (e.g., CNN, MSNBC, the NYT, WaPo)—somewhat indignantly asked me why they should believe any of the reporting coming from "right wing media." I paused for a second and then responded. 

"Because," I said, "despite claims that their reporting is 'conspiracy theory' and/or 'Russian disinformation' they have been proven consistently accurate by later investigations, the courts, and ultimately (often years later), supposedly respected left-wing media sources (e.g., the NYT)." 

On the other hand, in recent years left-leaning media sources have consistently promoted what amount to hoaxes (e.g., Trump as a Russian agent), have often reported counter-factual information to promote a Democratic Party narrative (e.g., there was nothing untoward that occurred during the 2020 election in key battleground states), and invariably omit any context that might give the news consumer a more accurate picture of real events (e.g., the broad span of inaccurate, dishonest, and hysterical reporting surrounding the COVID pandemic).

Nothing exemplifies this more than the tale of Hunter Biden's laptop—a story first reported by the New York Post in October, 2020 and then actively and aggressively repressed (censored) by left-leaning mainstream and social media—all in the service of Joe Biden's election campaign.

Kim Strassel reports on the initial investigation conducted by GOP Senator Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson whose Senate report in September, 2020 laid the ground work for the NYP expose of Hunter Biden's computer. Grassley and Johnson were villified by every major Democratic politician, called Russian stooges for the "disinformation" they allegedly presented, and were then backed by the Dems' trained hamsters in the mainstream media, including all of the left-leaning outlets I mentioned earlier.

There was only one problem: Grassley and Johnson were correct (now, even the NYT admits this 18 months later) but the damage was done.

Strassel  writes:

As courageous (and accurate) as the New York Post’s October 2020 reporting on the Hunter laptop was, it came after the Johnson-Grassley bombshell. Only now—18 months late—are mainstream media outlets grudgingly confirming the truth of that Senate report. “Inside Hunter Biden’s multi-million-dollar deals with a Chinese energy company,” read last week’s Washington Post story. Reporters acknowledge that many aspects of their account of Hunter’s business dealings with CEFC China Energy were “included in a Republican-led Senate report from 2020,” even if the [Washington] Post only recently bothered to confirm “key details.”

Yeah ... it's the "key details" that matter, and the left-leaning media conveniently avoids addressing those details if they might damage their preferred political party. And it's the key details that provide us with an understanding of the true facts. 

But it's worse than that. In the case of Hunter Biden, major social media outlets actively censored any discussion of the "key details" or even the simple promulgation of the story. Talk about "conspiracies." 

There's no doubt that the right-leaning media is sometimes excessive, but over the past five years, they have been repeatedly proven to be far more factually accurate than their left-leaning counterparts.