By now, it’s not a secret that a majority of the mainstream media tends to lean left as far as political bias is concerned, some outlets more than others.
According to The Hill, on Friday a federal appeals court judge pointed out the media’s political bias in a bombshell dissenting opinion in which he labeled outlets like The New York Times and The Washington Post as “Democratic Party broadsheets,” even going as far as to suggest that the leftist leanings of those outlets could give rise to “countervailing extremism.”
The dissenting opinion in which Washington, D.C. Circuit Senior Judge Laurence Silberman shredded the mainstream media was mostly unrelated to the actual case at hand, which was a defamation lawsuit filed against an environmental group by Liberian officials.
“Nearly all television—network and cable—is a Democratic Party trumpet. Even the government-supported National Public Radio follows along,” Silberman said, adding that he believes the media bias against the GOP is “rather shocking.”
The appeals judge also took a jab at Silicon Valley, who he claimed has too much control over the flow of information on the internet and accused big tech firms of filtering news to the public “in ways favorable to the Democratic Party.”
Silberman then warned that when dictatorial or authoritarian regimes attempt to take power, often the first phases include seizing control of communications and, in particular, the dissemination of news to the population.
“It is fair to conclude, therefore, that one-party control of the press and media is a threat to a viable democracy. It may even give rise to countervailing extremism,” the judge wrote.
The judge’s shocking dissent comes in the wake of high-profile Republicans and others who have argued that the mainstream media and Silicon Valley Big Tech companies colluded to undermine former President Donald Trump, especially in the lead-up to the 2020 election.
A spotlight was also on the trend of conservative censorship on the heels of the 2020 election, when a long list of pro-Trump influencers, politicians, and pundits were either suspended or permanently banned from their social media accounts, marking a dark, new era in the social media landscape.