Media Hypocrisy: Innocent until proven guilty

Members of the media have clearly shifted from reporting news to making news and working to sway listeners to their opinions.

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September 25, 2018 02:25
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Media Hypocrisy: Innocent until proven guilty

US President Donald Trump introduces his Supreme Court nominee judge Brett Kavanaugh in the East Room of the White House in Washington, US, July 9, 2018. (photo credit: REUTERS/LEAH MILLIS)

 
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The Latin phrase is: Incumbit probatio qui dicit, non qui negat. Its simplest translation is “innocent until proven guilty. The liberal media has turned that declaration on its proverbial head in the wake of the unfounded charges levied against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

For years, that same media had given a pass to Liberal Left icons such as Bill Clinton, Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose — just to name a few. When those allegations could no longer be ignored, the media wrung its collective hands when forced to report the downfall of their darlings.

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With the allegations regarding Kavanaugh as related by not one but two women who claimed they had over-imbibed during high school and college parties, the media has gone into full hypocrisy mode. Reporters are unsuccessfully trying to conceal their glee when talking about the possibility that the nomination of Kavanaugh will be withdrawn or that the nominee will be rejected. Every newscast and newspaper article brings another declaration of the judge’s guilt and his imminent downfall. Like angry, swarming fire ants, the Democrats have fought for a spot on television talk shows.

Dissenting voices mean nothing to the media in overdrive. It has launched a witch hunt and will stop at nothing to convince listeners that the allegations are true. Never mind that they were accused by two individuals who cannot seem to remember the what, when or where of the purported attacks—only the who!

One of the assumed victims of these past assaults is now attempting to set the rules for testifying during the hearing. One such rule is that she will not face Kavanaugh in the room. Had he been charged in a court of law, the Sixth Amendment would guarantee his right to face his accuser. Since he is in a confirmation setting, he is not covered by that law.

The question that plagues me and others is why California Democrat Diane Feinstein sat on the letter from Kavanaugh’s accuser for two months, only to have a sudden flood of conscience just days before the confirmation vote. While the media salivates, the Democrats prevaricate. It is infinitely effortless to levy unprovable charges and ruin a person’s reputation. It is no wonder that highly qualified men and women hesitate to run for office these days.

Members of the media have clearly shifted from reporting news to making news and working to sway listeners to their opinions. We saw that during the last presidential election, and we’re seeing it now with the treatment of the judge. Like Clarence Thomas and Robert Bork before him, Kavanaugh has been targeted and smeared by the Liberal Left media. 

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Untrue allegations stick like permanent ink to a white shirt. The real losers are all who uphold the rule of law and fairness.

Mike Evans is a #1 New York Times bestselling author with 89 published books, including The New Iran. He is the founder of Friends of Zion Museum in Jerusalem of which the late President Shimon Peres, Israel’s ninth president, was the chair.  He also serves on the Trump Evangelical Faith Initiative.

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