Conservative media reporter-turned-liberal charlatan and CNN senior political reporter Oliver Darcy rallied behind the Biden campaign on Wednesday night to defend the Joe Biden campaign, gushing about their strongly-worded letter to The New York Times demanding an end to coverage critical of the former Vice President and his corrupt son Hunter.
Darcy filed the Reliable Sources newsletter in place of boss Brian Stelter, leading off with an exclusive and the subhead, “Biden campaign blasts NYT in letter to Dean Baquet.” He went right to work on behalf of the Biden campaign against The Times executive editor (click “expand,” emphasis and links are his):
In a Wednesday evening letter addressed to Dean Baquet, the Biden campaign excoriated The New York Times for its recent coverage of Joe Biden, his son Hunter Biden, and Ukraine. The letter was written by deputy campaign manager and comms director Kate Bedingfield. She expressed extreme displeasure with how The Times has covered the debunked notion Biden abused his office to benefit his son.
Bedingfield wrote that The Times, which published a widely panned story in May by reporter Ken Vogel and then-freelancer Iuliia Mendel, "had an outsized hand in the spread" of the "baseless conspiracy theory."
In Bedingfield's words, "What was especially troubling about the Times's active participation in this smear campaign is that prior to its reporting on the subject by Ken Vogel, this conspiracy had been relegated to the likes of Breitbart, Russian propaganda, and another conspiracy theorist, regular Hannity guest John Solomon."
Huh. Bedingfield’s rhetoric was identical to what you’ve read on NewsBusters and seen from the liberal media for months now. Imagine that!
The next section “Infuriated by publication of Schweizer op-ed” again took the side of the Biden campaign, which was incensed The Times ran an op-ed and previously gave ink to author Peter Schweizer, not only for a Wednesday column about the Bidens but also their publication of a 2015 piece that gave life to the Uranium One scandal.
Naturally, Darcy phrased it like Bedingfield wrote it for him, piggy-backing on her quote of Schweizer being a “discredited right-wing polemicist” by fretting that The Times “[gave] life” to “the debunked Hillary Clinton / Uranium One scandal.”
Darcy made sure to bold this quote from Bedingfield:
This leaves us with a critical question: are you truly blind to what you got wrong in 2016, or are you deliberately continuing policies that distort reality for the sake of controversy and the clicks that accompany it?
After a section consisting largely of quotes from a Times spokesperson defending their coverage, Darcy continued his ride atop his high horse in a section bemoaning how Facebook and Twitter haven’t decided to ban a Trump campaign ad about the sleazy Biden family.
Facebook revealed that they wouldn’t ban it while MSNBC told Darcy that it still had not made a decision. This left Darcy feeling perturbed: “Hopefully it doesn't take this long for MSNBC's standards department to review stories.”
Before moving on with the rest of the newsletter, Darcy offered the “bottom line” that, again, served no purpose beyond ingratiating himself among the Biden campaign as a useful idiot:
The Biden campaign is making it clear that it will call out tech and media platforms for the spread of misinformation related to Biden. As a campaign source told me, it's “part of a larger strategy not to let the same coverage that corrupted the 2016 election happen this time around.”
For those of us in conservative media, it’s another reminder of how a man who was a Red Alert 30 Under 30 recipient and worked at Campus Reform and The Blaze now wakes up everyday trying to ruin the lives of the same kinds of people who gave him his start in politics.
Of course, Darcy would flaunt this letter on Thursday’s New Day in much the same vein. Talk about a being a stenographer. The letter itself fetched coverage in broader 2020 campaign segments in the 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Eastern hours of CNN Newsroom.
The great Stephen Miller (@redsteeze, not the White House aide) facetiously tweeted with a screen-cap of a Darcy tweet about the Biden camp letter: “An unprecedented attack on a free press that puts journalists lives at risk and the invaluable work they do in the name of our First Amendment in Jeopardy. It’s a dangerous time to tell the truth in America.”
As Miller’s sarcastic tweet correctly called out, the CNN media team have proven time and again that they have one set of standards decrying criticism of Fox News or stories by outlets unfavorable to the left while another. And in the other case, the Zuckerbots paint all other forms of media criticism as akin to leveling death threats. So much for the First Amendment.