By John Ubaldi, “Ubaldi Reports”
For any functioning Democracy to flourish a nation needs a viable functioning media that serves to be a watchman over government, but a question needs to be asked does the United States have an independent media, or does it have one that is aligned with one political party; namely the Democratic Party.
First, one only has to examine and truly understand the Hippocratic Oath that all journalists are obliged to follow which is found in The Society of Professional Journalist Ethics Code.
In its preamble it states that members of the Society of Professional Journalists believe that public enlightenment is the forerunner of justice and the foundation of democracy. Ethical journalism strives to ensure the free exchange of information that is accurate, fair and thorough. An ethical journalist acts with integrity.
Right now I am not so sure this statement is true of the media as evidence has shown that the media has aligned itself and has actually colluded with the Democratic Party over the years.
It’s interesting to note that the famous Russian dissident Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn raised this very issue of an independent media in his famous Harvard University address in 1978.
He stated in his address, “What sort of responsibility does a journalist or a newspaper have to his readers, or to his history — or to history? If they have misled public opinion or the government by inaccurate information or wrong conclusions”
He continued, “How many hasty, immature, superficial, and misleading judgments are expressed every day, confusing readers, without any verification. The press — The press can both simulate public opinion and miseducate it.”
Over the years we have seen blatant examples of one-sided journalistic stories that were falsely covered or not covered at all.
Just examine the Hunter Biden laptop story which was covered by the New York Post in October 2020, right before a highly contentious presidential election. Every major news affiliate suppressed this damaging story of influence peddling by the son of then Democratic candidate Joe Biden and his own culpability in this corruption. Biden has always stated he knew nothing of his son’s business dealings but evidence, witnesses, and emails beg to differ.
Almost all media affiliates labeled anyone who covered or exposed this were labeled as conspiracist “right-wingers,” and spreading Russian disinformation. Even when 51 former senior intelligence leaders from the CIA and DNI stated that their experience this had all the hallmark of Russian disinformation, but in a letter they wrote none had reviewed any of the evidence in question.
The media never questioned the veracity of their letter or conclusions. The media even went so far as to collude with social media companies in suppressing anything to do with the Hunter Biden laptop story as Russian disinformation, now two years later the media is now playing revisionist history and authenticating the laptop is indeed Hunter Biden’s and what is contained on it.
The Hunter Biden laptop story was a classic example of the media working in conjunction with their social media allies to label this as Russian disinformation. It was a blatant lie then and they knew it, but they deceived the American public from knowing the full truth.
The media never examined nor did they ask any compelling questions as to the contents of the laptop or interviewed any of Hunter’s business partners such as Tony Bobulinksi, the media down played this as an elaborate ridiculous disinformation hoax perpetrated by Russia as a means for suppressing this damaging pre-election story.
With the release of Tweets by new CEO of Twitter Elon Musk we are just beginning to learn the truth about how the media, social media companies and the Democrats colluded in suppressing the Hunter Biden lap top story right on the eve of the presidential election.
Why would the media not want to know why the FBI, the DOJ, and the DNI had weekly meetings with social media companies? Is it because they were involved as well?
How many examples of the media providing one side journalism, especially as it related to the Russian collusion narrative, as this was the only plausible reason Donald trump won the 2016 presidential race.
The media jumped on every salacious rumor and even the infamous Russian dossier which was never verified, but was taken as fact, all because it was used to discredit the presidency of Donald Trump. How would the media have responded if this was a Democratic administration?
We are seeing it in real time, look how the coverage of President Biden is handled compared to President Trump?
Examples abound, just examine the media coverage leading into the confirmation hearing for potential U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who was allegedly accused of sexual assault, stemming from an alleged incident some forty years ago. The media jumped on the story after the Washington Post interviewed the alleged victim Christine Blasey Ford.
Even though the Post could not verify any part of her accusations, considering Ford couldn’t remember when and where it happened, how she got to the party from which the alleged incident happened, how she got home. Ford named individuals who could corroborate her story, but they didn’t know what she was talking about.
The media jumped on any and all salacious accusations, never corroborating any aspects of these, violating every pillar of ethics in journalism; especially taking responsibility for the accuracy of their work. Verifing information before releasing it. Use original sources whenever possible. Remember that neither speed nor format excuses inaccuracy.
Contrast this how Joe Biden was treated by the media when he was accused of sexual assault by Tara Reade. The media instituted a complete media silence on the accusation, with the Washington Post even stating they could not run the story because it was unverifiable, far different from how Kavanaugh was treated.
For all the contemptuous attacks by the media on President Trump, and the Republicans as being a threat to the very foundation of our constitutional republic, the media never challenged President Obama who weaponized the IRS in going after political opponents or conducting illegal surveillance of the media.
Did the media ever fully report that Hillary Clinton: 1) broke the law by using a personal server to communicate while Secretary of State; 2) lied about the missing emails by claiming they were all personal about “yoga” and “weddings” and such; 3) destroyed subpoenaed evidence by smashing her devices; 4) had her husband accidently bump into Attorney General Loretta Lynch on a Phoenix tarmac who was supposedly investigating Clinton at the time; and 5) became our first major election denialist by declaring “Russian collusion” to be true, Donald Trump to be illegitimately elected, and the 2016 balloting to be “rigged”?
Even the Department of Justice Inspector General stated that Trump never went after James Comey or Andrew McCabe while he was president. The media lied about “nuclear secrets” and “nuclear codes” were hidden away at Mar-a-Lago, and continued to push the narrative that Trump would somehow benefit from this.
Since 2016, the media has pushed the false narrative of Russian collusion, based on a dossier that was never verified, and we have learned it was pushed by Hillary Clinton and her campaign. Crickets by the media!
Why hasn’t the media covered the massive abuse of power by the Department of Justice, why no coverage or reporting when an FBI attorney altered evidence and presented it to a federal judge and lied of having verified its authenticity in order to obtain a surveillance warrant.
The Department of Justice Inspector General pulled 29 random surveillance warrants, in each one the IG found no evidence or minuscule evidence, but crickets by the media.
How many stories did the media get wrong, such as Jussie Smollett, Kyle Rittenhouse, and Nicholas Sandmann?
Has the media pressed President Biden on the crisis at the U.S. Southern Border, even when administration officials declare the border secure with no push back from the media? How about the massive fentanyl crisis? What about the major contradictions with regard to the U.S. economy? What about the president putting together a disinformation board?
Why is the media soft on Democrats, why do they not cover stories that make Democrats look bad or challenge them on their failed policies?
If the issues of inflation, crime, immigration all happened under a Republican presidency, would the media cover them the same way?
This is only a small sampling of the bias toward Republicans and how the media has become integral part of the Democratic Party.
If our constitutional Republic is to survive we need an independent media.