Don’t Think Media Bias Is Real?


by Jim Rickards, Daily Reckoning:

Yesterday was “Super Tuesday,” when 15 states and one U.S. territory held presidential primaries.

As expected, Joe Biden won on the Democratic side. Also unexpectedly, Trump won the Republican primaries “bigly.”

Nikki Haley has finally seen the writing on the wall and dropped out of the race.


The only two primaries she won, and it tells you everything you need to know, were the Washington, D.C. swamp and the Socialist People’s Republic of Vermont. She’s an establishment candidate in the mold of Jeb Bush or Mitt Romney.

The bottom line is the die is cast. Trump will be the Republican nominee, unless Democrat “lawfare” somehow succeeds in derailing him or something unforeseen happens.

That outcome seems less likely after Monday’s 9-0 Supreme Court ruling that prevents states from keeping him off the ballot.

It’s been amazing to watch mainstream media outlets cover the Supreme Court ruling.

Again, it was a 9-0 decision. But the Court’s three liberal justices, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan and Ketanji Brown Jackson, argued that the majority went too far about the role of Congress in enforcing the 14th Amendment.

The liberals argued that the Court should have ruled against Colorado and left it at that, without getting into the role of Congress. They were joined, in that view by Amy Coney Barrett, who’s considered a conservative, in a separate concurring opinion.

It wasn’t a dissent, but their comments may have future implications for the November election, which I’ll explore in a future article.

But the media has so heavily emphasized the Court’s three liberals’ remarks that the majority went too far, they practically ignore the fact that it was a 9-0 decision.

It’s like they’re trying to spin the unanimous ruling as a defeat for Trump! But that doesn’t surprise me. The media has long abandoned any pretense of objectivity.

Today’s journalism is all about advocacy, not facts. There’s certainly a place for advocacy; that’s what Op-Eds are for. But basic reporting should try to be as objective as possible.

The simple fact is most mainstream journalists want nothing more than ensuring that Trump doesn’t win the election.

Below, I show you how that extreme bias is misleading the public on important election topics. Read on.

Where Are the Fact-Checkers?

By Jim Rickards

I recall sitting in the Occidental bar in Washington, D.C., just a block from the White House, in the winter of 2007 having drinks with a few friends who happened to be communications advisers to the Bush administration, either in the White House or the U.S. Treasury. Mike Allen walked by

He knew my friends, but it was the first time we had met.

He joined our group and broke the news that he had just resigned as chief White House correspondent for Time magazine and had taken a position with a new publication called Politico

Mike was their first hire; he joined immediately after John Harris and Jim VandeHei launched Politico in January 2007. Mike was their first big-name catch.

At the time, Politico was relatively balanced in its reporting. Like almost all news publishers, it leaned to the left but gave the Bush administration a fair shake and stuck to factual reporting during the 2007–2009 global financial crisis.

Then inevitably, they abandoned any pretense of balance and went to the hard left where they have remained ever since. Mike Allen left Politico in 2017 to co-found news rival Axios. Politico has remained comfortable in the radical progressive column.

That’s why the passage quoted below caught my eye. It’s from a Politico article last Sunday that recognized Trump will be the Republican nominee for president in 2024 and began considering Trump policies likely to be pursued.

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