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Corrupt news media is the real danger

By Ray Hanania

January 15, 2021

On Wednesday, Jan. 6, protesters supporting President Donald Trump gathered to march down Pennsylvania Avenue to Congress, where election results were to be finalized. When it was over, dozens were arrested, five were killed, and Congressional offices endured wide-spread damage and looting.

The news media immediately labeled the protesters as “rioters,” “seditionists,” “terrorists,” calling the protest an “insurrection” intended to undermine American Democracy and laying the foundation for another impeachment assault on President Trump.

It’s hard to get the truth any more in America. The mainstream news media hates Trump in part because Trump attacks them often.

The media constantly exaggerates and augments partisan criticism of Trump, without having to worry about complete facts or accuracy – reporting that relies mostly on opinion. The same media brushes off Trump’s pushback, giving his view very little play.

There is no doubt President Trump is a character, sometimes unhinged in his self-promotion and exaggerations of facts, all things many politicians and even journalists do when trying to hype their arguments.

But if the protesters are “rioters and terrorists,” the news media are “liars” who distort truth to promote partisan policies.

According to the biased national news media, Trump “encouraged” the violence, a “coup” to reverse the election results Congress was preparing to review.

I listened to a video of Trump’s speech delivered before the protesters marched on the Congress on Wednesday, Jan. 6, and you should listen to it, too. He didn’t encourage violence. He spoke for 74 minutes repeating claims of news media bias, election fraud and the usual political hyperbole. Normally, when voter fraud is raised, the media jumps all over it. But this time, the fraud helped oust their hated enemy.

In his speech, Trump detailed his claims of voter fraud in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Georgia, Arizona and Michigan–offering 21 specific instances he claims occurred. He railed against the media, his political critics and the weakness of some Republicans.

He exaggerated his achievements, patting himself on the back, which is expected, I guess, since the news media refuses to give him credit for anything.

Out of more than 11,000 words, the closest thing that he came to “inciting violence” was in two things he said, 17 minutes into his 74-minute remarks:

“After this, we’re going to walk down, and I’ll be there with you. We’re going to walk down. We’re going to walk down any one you want, but I think right here. We’re going walk down to the Capitol, and we’re going to cheer on our brave senators, and congressmen and women. We’re probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them because you’ll never take back our country with weakness. You have to show strength, and you have to be strong.”

Trump continued, “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”

He ended the speech by saying the protesters needed to send a message to “weak Republicans” and “try and give them the kind of pride and boldness that they need to take back our country.”

That doesn’t even come close to sedition. But why let facts get in the way of a good story?

Although Trump supporters claimed there were a million people – every protest organizer in D.C. claims they have a million people – media estimated tens of thousands, while D.C. police never estimate protest size.

Of the tens of thousands of protesters, about 500 broke into the Congress and looted property. The news media said 82 people were arrested and charged.

That’s not quite an insurrection. That’s 82 arrests of 500 people who broke into the Congress. More than 50,000 protesters didn’t violate the law and remained outside Congress, exercising their Constitutional rights of free speech and assembly.

The media cites that number not to express the gravity of the “insurrection,” but to instead defend comparisons against the Black Lives Matter protests in which hundreds of looters were eventually tracked down and arrested, although in many cases, especially in Cook County, charges were often dropped or reduced.

The D.C. protest lasted seven hours. The BLM protest lasted 95 days (May 25 through Aug. 27) in dozens of cities. The news media separated BLM protesters from looters, defending the protesters. They did the opposite with Trump, combining the D.C. protesters and looters calling them all “insurrectionists.”

Violence is not acceptable, but this column isn’t about the violence or about defending Trump. The real issue is the news media and their intentional failure to be objective, fair or honest.

That’s the real coup taking place in America today.

You can go to my website, Hanania.com, to read a detailed expansion of every point in this column, if you even care.

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