….which poses a threat to a “viable democracy.”
In the course of his partial dissent in a libel case, D.C. Circuit Court Judge Laurence Silberman issued a scorching rebuke of the news media writing:
“Although the bias against the Republican Party — not just controversial individuals — is rather shocking today, this is not new; it is a long-term, secular trend going back at least to the ’70s,” Silberman opined. “Two of the three most influential papers (at least historically), The New York Times and The Washington Post, are virtually Democratic Party broadsheets. And the news section of The Wall Street Journal leans in the same direction. The orientation of these three papers is followed by The Associated Press and most large papers across the country (such as the Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, and Boston Globe). Nearly all television — network and cable — is a Democratic Party trumpet. Even the government-supported National Public Radio follows along.”
The judge didn’t include the radically left-wing Arizona Republic by name, but his stinging reproach couldn’t individually name every newspaper worthy of being declared an arm of the democrat party. The Republic relegated its coverage of Judge Silberman’s statement to the single USA Today page, devoting one column and all of eight sentences to the judge’s wisdom.
Judge Silberman cited Fox News, The New York Post and The Wall Street Journal opinion and editorial pages as the “few notable exceptions to Democratic Party ideological control.”
You’ll be rubbing your eyes thinking you misread the remarkable indictment, but the facts are substantiated by Fox News reporter Joseph A. Wulfsohn’s article, “Federal judge warns ‘dangerous’ media has ‘very close to one-party control’ in blistering libel case dissent.”
It’s definitely worth your time to read this all too rare condemnation of the leftist media.
Judge Silberman was appointed to the federal bench in October 1985 by President Ronald Reagan and took senior status on November 1, 2000. On June 11, 2008, President George W. Bush awarded Silberman the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Americans are fortunate to have senior status Judge Silberman seated on this case. No longer concerned with political correctness, he brilliantly used this opportunity to amplify the truth.
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