The Federal Election Commission recently rejected a claim by the Republican National Committee and ruled that Twitter didn’t violate campaign finance laws when it prevented users from sharing New York Post articles on the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop in 2020. The New York Times falsely claimed it was “unsubstantiated.”
Liberal outlets often try to ignore conservative journalism, refusing to recognize facts and substance that they fear are damaging to Democrats. The closer the election gets, the more hypersensitive their censoring instincts become. They repeated Democrat claims of “Russian misinformation” and moved on.
This never happens to Bob Woodward, the “legend” of The Washington Post. He is, to liberals, the gold standard of information. He never commits misinformation. Nothing ever needs to be substantiated. No source ever needs to be identified. No “reconstructed conversation” is ever doubted. The Bible is treated less reverently than Woodward’s latest gospel.
The alleged scripture this time around is that Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was so frightened by what former President Donald Trump might do in late 2020 and January 2021 that he had conversations with a general in China, advising him that if there was going to be some crazy nuclear attack from Trump, he would give the communists a heads-up.
Conservatives were immediately up in arms at the treasonous sound of this. But the first question should be: Can Woodward be trusted? Why does no one attempt to substantiate this before reporting it willy-nilly? Obviously, reporters attempted to follow up after this tidal wave hit the beach. But that’s not the way Biden stories were treated. To report on Biden’s lobbying exploits (not to mention the sex-and-drugs exploits) was perceived as some kind of repellent Trump-enabling act.
There are many reasons why Woodward’s first draft of history should be questioned, starting with his incredibly opaque style of reporting, with some 200 interviewees behind a wall of anonymity.
Sometimes, Woodward’s hot scoops crumble under scrutiny. In Woodward’s 1987 book “Veil,” he claimed that former CIA Director Bill Casey gave him a deathbed confession that he had known about the diversion of Iran arms sale money to the Nicaraguan anti-communist resistance. But Casey’s daughter, Bernadette Casey Smith, said Woodward “never got the deathbed confession.” Woodward quoted William Donnelly, CIA head of administration, in his defense: “Woodward probably found a way to sneak in.” Probably?
This wasn’t the only questionable hospital story in “Veil.” Woodward also claimed that former President Ronald Reagan’s recovery from his 1981 attempted assassination was poor. Reagan could “concentrate for only a few minutes at a time” and was able to “remain attentive only an hour or so a day.” Reagan’s physician, Dr. Daniel Ruge, told the Associated Press that Reagan’s recovery was “superb.” “I never saw anything like that … it’s certainly news to me, and I was there all the time.”
The liberal media can’t seem to recognize that Woodward’s books have a strong bias depending on who is in power. Republicans are punished while Democrats get a softer touch. Woodward knows who buys his books, and they are not Republicans.
Almost any TV interview with Woodward displays his partisan tilt. In 1999, Woodward asserted on “Hardball” (when it aired on CNBC) that “Hillary (Clinton) went through her own Stations of the Cross in the Whitewater investigation, pre-Monica.”
So Clinton suffered like Jesus being crucified. That’s the liberal journalist attempting to use Catholic metaphors and failing badly. The gospel of Woodward finds gods in the strangest places — gods who flagrantly lied their way through scandals while journalists kissed their cheeks like they were holy.
Tim Graham is director of media analysis at the Media Research Center and executive editor of the blog NewsBusters.org. To find out more about Tim Graham, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.