Empower Wisconsin | Dec. 10 2019
By M.D. Kittle
MADISON — The times have changed, but the song remains the same for a mainstream media that selectively defend the First Amendment.
“The same media that howled when the Bush Administration gathered metadata to hunt for terrorists is silent when Democrats gather and release it against a conservative journalist and Republicans,” the Wall Street Journal Editorial Board wrote Sunday.
The Journal’s spot-on criticism comes after America learned House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif) subpoenaed and then released the phone records of his political enemies — committee ranking member Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and The Hill columnist John Solomon — among others. It was part of the Schiff-led political witch-hunt into President Donald Trump.
Schiff didn’t have to do it, and precedence informs he shouldn’t have done it. But the liberal congressman is a spiteful partisan hack who clearly doesn’t concern himself with ethics, integrity, or basic constitutional rights in his pursuit of power.
Schiff’s defense: “The blowback has only come from the far right.”
Yet another similarly between the left’s impeachment madness and Wisconsin’s infamous John Doe investigation earlier this decade.
Prosecutors of the abusive political probe into just about every right-of-center group in Wisconsin said the same thing. And mainstream media outlets demurred to the prosecutors in covering the Doe. After all, the campaign finance investigation was targeting Republican Gov. Scott Walker and his conservative allies, political enemies of Democrats and their public union pals.
Journalists stood by the government agents even as word spread of pre-dawn, armed raids on homes and the unconstitutional seizure of records. Many of those documents, personal in nature, were made public to punish the people they could not legally convict.
Court records released in litigation showed investigators spying on conservative talk show hosts, as well.
John Doe prosecutors with partisan motivations worked to destroy the reputations and lives of conservatives with the public-relations cover of a biased “legacy” media.
And now Schiff and his liberal compatriots are doing the same, without the direction of a secret court, as was the case in the John Doe. Schiff asked the telecomm companies for his political enemies’ phone records and they reportedly complied with little or no objection.
Schiff is right about one thing. The blowback, with a few exceptions, is coming from the right. Why is that? Because a responsible mainstream media are receding at the same rate constitutional protections are disappearing.
“Keep this double standard in mind when you next hear media lectures about violating democratic and institutional ‘norms,” the Wall Street Journal editorial advises.