The Media’s Toxic Bias Regarding Farrakhan and the Left: Liner Notes

I have a new column up at The Federalist, “The Media Decision To Ignore Democrat Ties To Farrakhan Reveals Toxic Bias,” about the establishment media’s reluctance to cover the association of Democratic Members of Congress and leaders of the Women’s March with one of America’s most notorious racists and anti-Semites.

In fairness, I note that while the column was moving through editorial, the WaPo has at least published an op-ed about the controversy, and New York magazine and Vox have run pieces.  Good for them, though I’ll note that the WaPo barely mentions the problem in Congress, while NY mag and Vox avoid Congress altogether (and to one degree or another focus on how this story is a problem for the March in building an “intersectional” movement). Salon published a piece this morning while I was writing this note, again focused on the March.  Locally, the Chicago Tribune‘s editorial board criticized Rep. Danny Davis without addressing the breadth of the problem.

Moreover, as I note in my column, the question remains as to why they were so slow off the mark; the Daily Caller’s Peter Hasson first interviewed Davis over a month ago.  Indeed, I wonder whether the story would have died if the Women’s March not issued a statement that avoided denouncing Farrakhan.  It is another sign — if one were needed — that a left-leaning establishment media still believes that even the worst forms of identity politics can be overlooked so long as they benefit the left, even as they blame the election of Pres. Trump on white resentment of said politics.  And it is part of a much larger story of how a dysfunctional elite negligently empowers the polarization it bemoans.

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