It has become plainly apparent that Democrats are very uncomfortable with media reporting the truth, especially if those truths are inconvenient or don't fit their narrative. The best example of this is the release of the Twitter Files, wherein it was proven that officials in the federal government conspired with executives at Twitter to censor the free speech of millions of Americans.
When two respected journalists, Matt Taibbi and Michael Shellenberger, testified before a House Judiciary subcommittee this week, they were surprised by the outrage coming from Democratic members of the committee.
Del. Stacey Plaskett (D-U.S. Virgin Islands) referred to the pair as “so-called journalists”, she was met with confusion from both Taibbi and Shellenberger. Both men have a proven track record of reporting the truth, and it should be mentioned that neither journalist has a history of being overtly right wing.
Things only got worse when Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-Texas) asked the journalists if they were being paid to testify before the subcommittee. Other Democratic members suggested that the pair were only doing the bidding of Twitter's owner, Elon Musk. To question two objective journalists in this fashion, without any evidence, is unAmerican and antithetical to our national ideals.
When people call CNN fake news, they're doing so because the media company has been proven to fabricate stories and dispell baseless lies about their political opponents. Matt Taibbi and Michael Shellenberger have never engaged in these activities, and should be trusted because they want to further expose the truth.
All of this proves that Democrats will only support an independent press when it bolsters their narrative. When the press criticize obviously nefarious actions taken by the left, that must mean that the journalists are right-wing extremists, conspiracy theorists, or are bankrolled by the corporate elite. It's time that we listen to the truth tellers instead of giving attention to politicians that frequently lie when it's convenient to them.
If you'd like to read more about the Twitter Files and their political fallout, please read this article from Fox News. An excerpt of the article has been copied below:
If there was any doubt that the Twitter Files have struck a nerve and deep fear in the Powers That Be, Thursday’s disgraceful behavior by Democrats in a hearing featuring journalists Matt Taibbi and Michael Shellenberger eviscerated it.
Taibbi and Shellenberger had not even uttered a word yet when the Ranking Member of the House Judiciary subcommittee Del. Stacey Plaskett, D-U.S. Virgin Islands, referred to the witnesses as “so-called journalists” in her opening statement. The pair glanced at each other, clearly surprised and confused by the utterly unprovoked attack.
From there it only got worse. Rep. Sylvia Garcia, D-Texas, asked the pair of scribes if they were being paid to testify, again to an absolutely shocked response from them. She went on to try to force Taibbi to reveal information about his sources, a journalistic Rubicon he rightfully refused to cross.