Many Americans will check the media today to see who “won” the Presidential debate.
And they will wonder if they watched the same debate as everyone else.
The Presidential election has exposed a rapidly growing fault line in American democracy – media bias.
A biennial report recently released by the Knight Foundation and Gallup Poll found that 73% of Americans consider media bias to be a “major problem,” a whopping increase of 65% in just two years.
The report found that 86% of Americans think news coverage is distorted by political bias. Of these, 49% see a “great deal” of political bias in news coverage, an increase of 45% since 2017, and 37% see a “fair amount” of political bias in news coverage.
Eight in ten Americans think news organizations are no longer reporting the news but trying to persuade the public to adopt a particular viewpoint.
Three quarters of Americans are worried that media owners are willfully influencing their companies’ coverage.
Hunter Biden Laptop
The bias is evident with respect to ongoing campaign coverage and especially with how the media is covering the scandal involving Hunter Biden’s laptop, which contains emails indicating Biden took a cut of payments from his son for business deals in Ukraine and China while he was vice president.
Hunter Biden’s former business partner, Tony Bobulinski, confirmed Thursday that VP Biden was the “big guy” who Hunter Biden planned to give 10% of proceeds from a business deal in China.
The Bobulinski development was not reported in some of America’s top newspapers, including The New York Times and The Washington Post.
Every day Americans cast early ballots in the U.S. presidential race oblivious to information that might change their vote if only they knew about it.
But they don’t know about a late-breaking story involving alleged corruption by Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden because of censorship. Not by the government. By the media.
The New York Post published an article on Oct. 14 about the contents of a computer laptop abandoned in 2019 at a Delaware computer repair shop by the son of Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden.
Emails on the laptop indicate Joe Biden may have been involved in a bribery scheme, taking a cut of millions paid to his son, Hunter, by foreign nationals in China and the Ukraine in exchange for using his position as vice-president to influence U.S. policy.
The emails came to light because the computer repair shop owner reviewed the contents of the abandoned laptop, became concerned and called the FBI, which seized the laptop.
When nothing happened, the store owner sent a copy of the laptop’s hard drive to an attorney for Rudy Giuliani, who is GOP President Donald Trump’s attorney, and Giuliani leaked it to the Post.
When the Post attempted to share the Biden story on social media, Facebook and Twitter effectively censored the story
Facebook limited the spread of the story and Twitter locked the Post’s primary Twitter account for violating a Twitter rule on “distribution of hacked material.” (There was no hacked material.)
Mainstream publications and media outlets followed suit by ignoring the story or claiming, without evidence, that it was part of a Russian misinformation campaign.