Here are some of the worst cases of malpractice from the mainstream media in 2020. It’s horrendous.
The 10 Worst Legacy Media Abuses in 2020
By PJ Media, December 31, 2020
From the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic to the riots to the 2020 election, the left-leaning legacy media has twisted, subverted, and outright suppressed the news it is supposedly tasked with reporting. It is impossible to cover every instance of media bias against President Donald Trump, for Joseph Robinette Biden Jr., or propping up the far-Left’s increasingly stifling orthodoxy, but I have compiled what I believe to be the ten most egregious examples from 2020.
Enjoy, and weep for the objectivity of the free press.
10. The death of Soleimani
At the outset of the annus horribilis of 2020, President Donald Trump ordered an airstrike that killed Iranian Quds Force General Qassem Soleimani after Iran-backed militias attacked the U.S. Embassy in Iraq. Soleimani orchestrated the Islamic Republic’s terrorist activity throughout the Middle East and was reportedly responsible for the deaths of hundreds of American soldiers, but many legacy media outlets condemned Trump for killing Soleimani and predicted the assassination would start a war.
The Washington Post hailed Soleimani as a “revered military leader.” The New Yorker ran an article from actress Robin Wright describing Soleimani as “a flamboyant former construction worker and bodybuilder with snowy white hair, a dapper beard, and arching salt-and-pepper eyebrows.” She described the Quds Force as “an Iranian unit of commandos comparable to the U.S. Seals, Delta Force, and Rangers combined.”
The View‘s Joy Behar even celebrated a white nationalist — because he rejected Trump over the Soleimani strike.
CNN gave a friendly interview to a woman who helped lead the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979 — and said at the time that she would kill U.S. hostages if troops attacked the embassy — and who described America’s actions as terrorism. The New York Times‘ Maggie Haberman claimed that Trump killed Soleimani to distract from impeachment. A Times op-ed predicted that Soleimani’s death would “unleash chaos.”
Author and commentator Reza Aslan said Trump’s plan “from day one” was “war with Iran,” because Trump withdrew from the disastrous Iran nuclear deal.
While Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei vowed “severe revenge” against the U.S. for the strike, his resulting rocket attacks on Iraqi bases housing U.S. soldiers failed to kill a single Iraqi or U.S. soldier. Instead, it seems they destroyed a Ukrainian plane carrying Canadians — a tragedy that is all Iran’s making. Similarly, Iran brought in troops from across the country to Tehran for Soleimani’s funeral — and the stampede killed fifty people and wounded 200 more.
The Soleimani strike destabilized Iran and weakened its influence in the Middle East, opened the door for Trump’s historic Middle East peace deals with Israel.
9. Condemning Trump for saying “Wuhan coronavirus.”
In March, legacy media figures started attacking Trump and other Republicans for referring to COVID-19 as the “Chinese coronavirus” or the “Wuhan coronavirus,” suggesting that such terms were insensitive or racist.
When Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) referred to the virus as the “Wuhan Virus,” liberals accused him of supporting “white supremacy.” A Hollywood screenwriter tweeted, “Only racists call it the Wuhan Virus.” MSNBC’s Chris Hayes called Gosar’s use of the term “astoundingly gross.”
Gosar responded by noting that many legacy media outlets had used the term “Wuhan Virus” or mentioned the coronavirus as coming from Wuhan or China.
CNN’s Chris Cuomo recently attacked Trump for using geographic terms. “You’re starting to hear the Republicans, especially Trump co., calling it the ‘Wuhan’ or the ‘Chinese coronavirus,’” Cuomo said.
Since Cuomo attacked Trump for those terms, the Media Research Center (MRC) tracked down at least 35 video clips in which legacy media figures referred to the coronavirus as the “Wuhan coronavirus” or the “Chinese coronavirus.” This 2-minute video shows the utter hypocrisy and moral bankruptcy of our media “betters” lecturing us about supposed racism.
Liberal media pundits want you to think referring to the coronavirus as the "Wuhan" or "Chinese" virus is racist.
Here's just a few of the times the liberal media did just that. pic.twitter.com/ss3kV5smSP
— MRCTV (@mrctv) March 12, 2020
8. Praising Andrew Cuomo’s COVID-19 response
Speaking of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-N.Y.) utterly botched his response to it. New York City served as the epicenter of COVID-19 spread in the U.S. from Europe, accounting for between 60 and 65 percent of all U.S. cases in May. Later that month, the left-leaning site ProPublica published a report blaming Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-N.Y.C.) for responding too slowly to stop the spread in the Big Apple.
Yet it got worse. On March 25, Cuomo ordered nursing homes to admit patients even if they had tested positive for COVID-19. While he later reversed this policy in May, Cuomo’s order likely exacerbated the spread of the disease among the elderly, the most vulnerable population. Some reports suggest the policy cost 10,000 lives. The Department of Justice opened a probe into whether or not Democratic governors like Cuomo violated the civil rights of nursing home patients through such barbaric policies.
Yet the legacy media gave Cuomo fawning press coverage throughout the pandemic, so much so that the governor decided to release a book touting his success fighting COVID-19. CNN’s Chris Cuomo, the governor’s brother, had Andrew Cuomo on the show for multiple love fests. Jimmy Fallon praised Cuomo as “honest,” “smart,” and an expert in “taming the beast.” Cuomo even received an Emmy Award — essentially for acting like a good governor on television.
7. Ron DeSantis demonized
Meanwhile, legacy media outlets repeatedly attacked Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), who opened up his state early on. Data scientist Youyang Gu noted that, late in the year, Illinois reported far more cases of COVID-19 than Florida, yet legacy media outlets have reported on Florida as a COVID-19 hotspot while virtually ignoring Illinois.
Here is how the media chose to report Illinois now (left) vs Florida in July (right).
Unfortunately, no national news outlet is covering the situation in Illinois. pic.twitter.com/8VJ4fMIya4
— Youyang Gu (@youyanggu) November 24, 2020
DeSantis has a solid track-record on COVID-19, but it seems much of the legacy media can’t admit it because the governor has an “R” after his name.
6. “Mostly peaceful” riots
Outrage over the death of George Floyd in police custody inspired protests across the country, and many of those protests devolved into destructive and deadly riots. Yet legacy media outlets repeatedly branded the riots as “mostly peaceful protests,” in many cases signifying their tacit agreement with the dangerous ideology behind the violence.
Perhaps the most egregious example came from CNN. As a fire raged amid riots in Kenosha, Wisc., the CNN chyron read, “FIERY BUT MOSTLY PEACEFUL PROTESTS AFTER POLICE SHOOTING.”
For anyone doubting this is real: pic.twitter.com/3VGuGCDfAi
— Tristan Justice (@JusticeTristan) August 27, 2020
While Black Lives Matter and antifa rioters may have intended to fight alleged “institutional racism,” the riots disproportionately damaged black communities in Kenosha, Wisc., Minneapolis, and Chicago. The riots destroyed black lives, black livelihoods, and black monuments. At least 26 Americans have died in the riots, most of them black.
The New York Times propped up the destructive ideology fueling the riots. The paper’s “1619 Project” originally claimed that the true founding of the United States came with the arrival of the first black slaves in 1619, rather than with the Declaration of Independence in 1776. In September, the Times attempted to shove this fact down the memory hole, deleting the key text from its interactive website and sending the project’s founder, Nikole Hannah-Jones, on television to claim she never said 1619 was America’s true founding.
When vandals toppled a statue of George Washington in Portland, they spray-painted “1619” on the statue. When Claremont’s Charles Kesler wrote in The New York Post, “Call them the 1619 riots,” 1619 Project Founder Nikole Hannah-Jones responded (in a since-deleted tweet) that “it would be an honor” to claim responsibility for the destructive riots. Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) called for the “dismantling” of America’s “economy and political system,” in order to root out supposed racist oppression.
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