By Guy Page
The mainstream media have finally woken up and realized that conservatives no longer care what they think. Now they’re trying to woo us back – in the case of the Burlington Free Press, with $25 gift cards.
A headline on page A5 of today’s Burlington Free Press reads, “Lean to the politically right? Let us know.”
Vermont’s biggest daily print newspaper has changed since I interned there in 1979, learning at the feet of greats like Mike Donoghue and VT Digger’s Jim Welch. Given the liberal lean of the Freeps and chain owner Gannett, the first thought of many readers might be “Why? Starting a registry?”
Editor Emilie Teresa Stigliani assures us that is not the case. This is about Responsible Journalism: “We are in the business of providing you the most relevant and trustworthy information we can offer on any given day.”
“For this reason, I am concerned about a 2020 Gallup poll that found only 10% of Republicans reported having at least a ‘fair amount’ of trust in mass media — which includes newspapers. This number is a record 63 percentage points lower than that of Democrats.”
I know, unbelievable, right? But a poll said so. So it must be true.
In an attempt to stop this arterial bleeding of red voters, Emilie wants us Vermont conservatives to tell a trusted professor of the University of Texas journalism department why we don’t read or watch or listen to the mass media anymore.
Emilie, I can explain that in two words: Hunter. Biden.
Now, you may think I’m referring to Gannett’s longstanding opposition to gun rights, much to the frustration of Vermont hunters. But in case you missed it – certainly your readers did – before the 2020 election, candidate Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden was caught red-handed getting filthy rich on bribes from China. His dad, A/K/A “the Big Guy,” apparently knew about it, did nothing to stop it, and may have benefited.
Joe Biden now has no chance to stand up to the People’s Republic of China. Like it or not, the PRC’s got the goods on him. The American worker and perhaps the entire world will suffer for his paternal laxity and/or corruption. And Emilie, you never said a word.
For some reason – oh heck we know why, you wanted Trump to lose – the Burlington Free Press, Gannett, and the rest of the ‘mass media’ decided weeks before the election this story just wasn’t news. Neither were the other credible reports of unseemly and possibly illegal election influencing before, during and after Election Day.
In short, Emilie, you and your MSM pals carried the water that doused the hopes of conservatives who want a thriving economy benefiting all Americans, a secure border, peace abroad and law and order at home, free speech, gun rights, right to peaceably assemble, and the right to life of all Americans born and unborn.
There. I told you. Now – where’s my gift card? In the new, China-first Biden economy, I’ll take anything I can get.