How the Left Funds Misleading Journalism in America to Make You Believe What You See With Your Own Eyes Isn’t Real.
Published on 11.6.2022
A special contribution from co-authors Joe Brandis, president of Michigan Citizens for Election Integrity (MC4EI) and Becky Behrends, MD, vice president of research for MC4EI.
Part 2 of a series examining leftist journalism
In a previous article, part 1, “How the left is infiltrating local American newsrooms with ‘journalists’ activists funded by Big Tech and radical organizations,” we looked at Report for America which is an initiative of the GroundTruth Project.
This is a nationwide effort to place left-leaning journalists in local news organizations. Michigan has also seen the presence of these journalists in the Traverse City Eagle, Flint Beat, AP Michigan, Hastings Banner and Detroit Free Press.
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The Report for America reporter for the Detroit Free Press/Politifact has a “beat” who is responsible for “fact-checking Michigan politicians during election season and beyond.” Michigan Citizens for Election Integrity believes that it is time to verify the facts of the journalists themselves. Who pays their salary? Are they producing fair and balanced journalism?
This style of reporting is a clear demonstration of advocacy journalism. It is based on the idea that it is not enough to present both sides of an issue when one of them so clearly represents misinformation and bias. Proponents of this line of thinking believe that their “facts” and interpretations are correct and that any opposing views should be eliminated and even ignored. They therefore shape their news stories by what they report and what they do not report.
In Detroit, we used to have the Detroit News versus the Detroit Free Press. But now both newspapers are owned by the same company, Digital First Media. What happens when you remove competition from a market and most media have a liberal/leftist bent? What happens when there is no longer a market for ideas? It is a dangerous state of affairs. Where does the liberal/leftist moral authority come from to determine what the “facts” are? Many of us in the older generation remember the days of Walter Cronkite, CBS evening news anchor. In an article titled “Walter Cronkite Reportedly Disappointed With Today’s Journalism,” it read: “Although Cronkite admitted to embracing many progressive and left-wing ideas, it didn’t show in his reporting. . It was fair and balanced long before it became a slogan. »
Are reporters really fact-checking Michigan politicians, or are they going after Republicans while ignoring Democrats? Here are some of the articles that have been published:
Michigan Supreme Court rejects Craig and Johnson (all to show the turmoil in the Republican ranks)
Kevin Rinke (GOP gubernatorial candidate) falsely asserts that the dead always vote Democrat (the failure to clean up the voter rolls, which creates the conditions for fraud, always seems to happen under Democrat scrutiny, which Rinke rightly notes).
And the latest biased “news” is Michigan Republicans eye jobs poll worker in big cities (freep.com). Here are some of the biased statements the journalist picked up from the mainstream media:
” The room (referring to the TCF Center in Detroit) was already swarming with challengers – more than the legally allowed number – who mistook standard election processes for fraud. »
It’s laughable if it wasn’t so serious. A large number of affidavits and eyewitness accounts attest to the fact that TCF election officials denied Republicans readmission to the center after they went to lunch and the bathroom. This inflated figures for the number of Republicans believed to be in the room, when in fact they were denied entry. They were never told that they had to “sign out” before taking breaks. This was an excuse invented after the fact by election officials who did not require such a signature for Democrats. It was clear that this was a coordinated effort to exclude them from the center through a war of attrition that included bullying, intimidation and direct physical and verbal threats. As for polling station staff, many Republicans applied for these positions but were told they weren’t needed because they were already filled. Yet on election day, there were only a handful of Republicans out of the more than 500 election workers present. It would be fair and just for the mainstream media to report this side of the story, but they just don’t.
“Since his defeat, Trump has fueled an unprecedented disinformation campaign claiming the presidential contest was stolen from him, undermining the trust of millions of his supporters in the electoral system.”
What was unprecedented was the level of deception, fraud and illegality demonstrated by Democrats in the 2020 election, which has been extensively detailed and continues to be uncovered, but left-leaning justices have refused to properly review with probationary hearings, discovery and full subpoena powers exercised. This point was addressed by the law professor David Clements, among many others.
And “shake confidence in the electoral system”? Who undermined newly elected President Trump in 2016 with the continued false media claims of Russian collusion? And, by the way, no less than The New York Times admitted that the Russian collusion charge was a hoax. The biggest lie of all is the notion of “fact-checking” as being reliable and valid when in fact honest investigative journalism should have fully investigated and acknowledged the bogus Russian dossier. The purpose of this case and two impeachment attempts was to remove a duly elected president from office. There was a time in our pre-awakened leftist society when such actions would have been considered treason by the Democratic Party.
It is clear that there is no intellectual diversity among the staff of The New York Times, despite the Democrats’ constant call for “diversity.” Thus, the “inmates run most of the asylum” with young media “brownshirts” indoctrinated by the left.
And, similarly, there is a team of young reporters at Report for America who follow their story-making orders with precision.
Where is a fair review of Democratic misconduct and malfeasance by Michigan’s left-leaning journalists? What do you think of the following:
And the Detroit Free Press has been seen nowhere to report on these events and issues. Crickets from them.
It’s sad but true, as the English writer Neil Gaiman pointed out:
“It has always been the prerogative of children and semi-skilled people to point out that the Emperor has no clothes. But the fool remains a fool, and the emperor remains an emperor”.
Thus, the “imperial” media remain masters of the leftist narrative that they want to ram down the throats of the “kids and the half-skilled” who see through their game.
Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla, said Republicans “must be more than a speed bump on the road to socialism and America’s collapse.”
With that in mind, in part three of this series, we’ll look at the Detroit Free Press and its recent assessment of Kristina Karamo, a conservative black woman running for secretary of state in Michigan. Stay tuned !