July 26, 2016 - Tuesday
DNC Emails: An Optical Collusion?
For years, it's felt like the mainstream press was just a satellite office of the DNC -- and in light of the 20,000 emails leaked this week, we know why. The intimate relationship between the Democratic Party and the media isn't just a conspiracy theory dreamed up by paranoid conservatives. Turns out, there's more bias in some newsrooms than there is at a Lois Lerner auditing party. From reporters giving party officials a chance to edit or comment on their stories to outright dictating what questions Democratic officials will be asked on air, the collusion uncovered in the pages of messages is astounding -- even for the most cynical media critic.
Heritage's Daily Signal breaks down some of the most egregious examples, including the night-and-day treatment objective outlets like the Washington Examiner received for inquiries compared to the liberal press. When the Examiner asked a question about delegates to the DNC, a communications official coached his employees to ignore it and offered to tell state leaders the same. "I can send an alert to the state parties not to respond to this inquiry. Examiner is a right wing rag," he wrote.
When a Fred Lucas, who worked for Fox News at the time, asked a DNC official about Bill Clinton's prior indiscretions, he wrote to his team, "Is there a f*** you emoji?" The conservative name-calling was a common theme throughout the emails, as was the press's obvious political agenda. "A senior Politico reporter, Ken Vogel, sent an unflattering article about presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to DNC officials on April 30 for review before publication," the Signal points out. "'Per agreement... any thoughts appreciated,' Vogel wrote in the subject line." It was a mistake, Vogel admitted this week -- but not an accident.
In our story yesterday, we pointed out the DNC's hardball strategy in North Carolina. One staffer asks if anyone has "relevant information for crafting a decent hit piece on the pro-prejudice backwater of the NC statehouse, but if you do, feel free to Slack it to me!" Slack, for those of you who don't know, is an app that lets you create groups for collaborating and file-sharing. Obviously, by telling members of the press to "slack" it to him, the DNC is actually forming groups to pass documents back and forth with the media.
The Left must know that it can't win the war of ideas on a level playing field, so it resorts to lying, slander, and outright distortion -- in many cases, with the liberal media's help. Of course, the people most hurt by the press's bias aren't conservatives -- they're the American people, who never really get to know the truth about their candidates. Now that the WikiLeaks has uncovered the media's agenda, it's time to make real headlines by doing something about it.
Tony Perkins' Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC Action senior writers.