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If nothing else, the past two years have demonstrated with blazing clarity how the ruling elites live by one set of rules and impose an entirely separate set of rules on the unfavored, ostracized, dispossessed and deplatformed.

As a member of the print, broadcast and internet media for the past 30 years, I cannot emphasize enough how complicit so-called mainstream journalists are in perpetuating such double standards and stoking hatred of dissidents. The Fourth Estate will spare no one — not even the dead — in its ruthless pursuit of absolute power over political narratives.

Let us consider a widely disseminated hit piece by Associated Press investigative reporter Michael Biesecker published on Jan. 3. Here’s the bias-laden title that reads more like an MSNBC op-ed whine than a straight news headline:

“Ashli Babbitt a Martyr? Her Past Tells a More Complex Story.”

Ashli Babbitt, as you may know, is the 35-year-old Air Force veteran and Trump supporter shot and killed by a Capitol police officer one year ago this week during the Jan. 6 “Stop the Steal” rally in Washington, D.C. The fetid article under the fetid headline is victim-blaming at its rock-bottom lowest.

So, what exactly is the “more complex story” that the once-venerable AP wire service believes is so important for the public to know? Babbitt was involved in a complicated personal love triangle, had “bad blood” with her husband’s ex-wife, faced “numerous misdemeanors” related to a traffic encounter with the ex, and then was — wait for it, it’s buried deep down in the article — acquitted by a judge of all the criminal charges.

That’s it.

The rest of Biesecker’s steaming pile of vile is padded with disgruntled attacks against Babbitt by the still-seething ex-wife, plus extended point-and-sputter condemnations by the “investigative reporter” against Babbitt’s ideological stands and internet posts, topped off by resentful references to the fact that President Donald Trump and countless American citizens remain stalwart in their defense of Babbitt’s memory.

The AP makes a grand performative show of its commitment to fighting bias. “We must be fair,” its online statement on “news values and principles” asserts. “Whenever we portray someone in a negative light, we must make a real effort to obtain a response from that person.”

Just to reiterate: Ashli Babbitt is dead. She is unable to defend herself against the clearly calculated and anniversary-timed sliming and smearing by “investigative reporter” Biesecker. That doesn’t seem to have bothered the AP ethics gurus one bit. Biesecker’s bio touts his status as a “2019 Pulitzer finalist,” but his trashy piece of trash trashing Ashli Babbitt doesn’t even rise to the level of People magazine or TMZ. It’s pure manure.

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Look: We all know if Ashli Babbitt had been black and had been shot and killed at a Defund the Police rally, the AP (which I’ve long said stands for Associated Propaganda) would be ramming the martyr narrative down our throats instead of debunking it. But because Babbitt and countless thousands like her were white Trump supporters, we’ve been bombarded with agitprop about how every single Jan. 6 protester was engaged in “riot,” “siege” or “insurrection” and whose “underlying grievance” about election integrity — to borrow AP’s own simp words for BLM and antifa’s agendas — is relentlessly framed as a dangerous “conspiracy theory” and “misinformation” instead of a legitimate concern.

I remind you that it was the AP that issued “stylebook” guidelines four months after BLM and antifa set America on fire after the George Floyd incident ordering its journalists not to use the term “riot” to describe the mayhem because it “suggests uncontrolled chaos and pandemonium” instead of focusing on the “underlying grievance” of black protesters against the system. The AP pooh-bahs advised their minions to employ the kinder, gentler euphemism “unrest” to describe “a condition of angry discontent and protest verging on revolt.”

I will also remind you that a year ago this week, the AP published a false story that then-President Trump had pressed a lead Georgia elections investigator to “find the fraud” and promised he would make the investigator a “national hero.” The AP was forced to acknowledge that a “recording of the call made public two months later revealed that Trump did not say either” and that it had “erroneously reported” the untruth. The retraction came two months after the original lie was manufactured.

Conspiracy theories and misinformation, anyone?

The power of the AP to deceive, defame and destroy cannot be understated. The organization, more than 170 years old, brags in its ethics statement that “more than half the world’s population sees AP news content on any given day.” Holier than thou as they commit their evil deeds, these propagandists pledge to report the news “accurately and honestly” while spitting on the graves of patriots.

Ashli Babbitt, your sacrifice will not be forgotten. Your honor will be defended.

Michelle Malkin’s email address is [email protected]

 
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  1. The mainstream media, aka Lyin’ Press, is an arm of the Feral Gov’t Establishment. We all need to understand that, just as the Russian people understood what Pravda was during the USSR days. The folks today are a lot more stupid though, and the lies are even’t more blatant, so it should be easier.

    Yes, Ashli Babbitt was murdered one year ago by Michael Leroy Byrd.

  2. The media is owned and operated by organized jewry.

    I’m shocked that they demonize white people! I’m shocked that they justify the murder of white people!

    Not.

    • Replies: @Priss Factor
  3. Miro23 says:

    The power of the AP to deceive, defame and destroy cannot be understated. The organization, more than 170 years old, brags in its ethics statement that “more than half the world’s population sees AP news content on any given day.”

    That’s true. Even here in a small town in Southern Spain the local radio presents the same weird package of Covid/Covid/Covid (adapted to the locality) plus the odd story about a “White Supremacist” identified and caught in the US. Previously it was a slanderous daily orchestra vilifying Donald Trump.

    IMO AP and Reuters are key problems, and need to broken up like the telephone monopolies or Rockefeller’s Standard Oil.

    Or even better, direct every US state to set up its own TV company and news source with true independent journalists (local, national and international) with voter accountable state supervision. Basically remove AP with its possibilities for centralized Jewish control.

  4. Here’s Ashli Babbitt’s murderer:

  5. See Ron’s piece on AP’s hatchet job on Bob Kennedy and his book about Fauci. The 1-6 story by AP is like kisses compared to the slander against Kennedy.

    • Replies: @Achmed E. Newman
  6. Anonymous[369] • Disclaimer says:

    It was AP that published a 4000-word hit piece on Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. and his bestselling book, The Real Anthony Fauci: Bill Gates, Big Pharma, and the Global War on Democracy and Public Health. A book endorsed by Nobel Laureates in Medicine and top scientists and professors at Stanford Medical School, Harvard Medical School, Yale Medical School, Oxford, et al.

    Ron Unz has written on this.

    …This morning the Associated Press released a 4,000 word hit-piece harshly attacking the most prominent public figure in America’s much-vilified anti-vaxxing movement.

    A great deal of effort had obviously been invested in this attack, and the byline of the named author was shared by five additional AP writers and researchers, underscoring the journalistic resources devoted to demolishing the reputation of an individual who has obviously made such powerful enemies…

    That large team of AP journalists seems to have spent at least ten days working on their lengthy article, mining Kennedy’s record for almost everything controversial they could possibly find, even highlighting a photograph that merely shows him standing next to Trump allies Roger Stone and Michael Flynn.

    https://www.unz.com/runz/rfk-jr-as-americas-1-hiv-aids-denier-and-the-sounds-of-media-silence/

  7. The Ass. Press is quite reliable – you can always count on them to be reliably left-wing and to push their agenda through lies of omission and commission.

    Freedom of the press is essential to our system of government. But the press has not lived up to its responsibilities that come with that freedom, to at least try to be objective and to find the truth instead of pushing false agendas harmful to freedom itself.

    • Agree: Etruscan Film Star
  8. MAK says:

    I read about these charges in The Daily Mirror. Never once did they mention she was acquitted.

  9. @Jim Christian

    We usually agree, Jim, but I beg to differ on this comparison. The slander of anyone trying to out-think the EXPERTS on the Kung Flu PanicFest is one thing.

    On Jan 6th last year, Ashli Babbitt was flat-out murdered by an officer of the Feral Gov’t with no repercussions. Along with that, many – we don’t have a number, but many of those perhaps slightly-too-exhuberant protesters are still being held as political prisoners a year later!

    There’s no better word – they are political prisoners, a status that goes along with 3rd World countries.

    .

    BTW, Jim, I talked to a SWA pilot about the 737-MAX. I can write you about it elsewhere.

    • Agree: Jim Christian
    • Replies: @Jim Christian
  10. Recoiled says:

    This is spot on. The AP has betrayed its storied past and now feeds the political fantasies of puerile editors and program directors across the local media landscape. The penetration of the lies and misinformation created by the AP reporters is substantial and until the AP member organizations grow up and punish the AP for its deception, the poisoning of America will continue.

    • Agree: Etruscan Film Star
  11. @Robert Dolan

    It all boils down to that.

    • Replies: @aj54
  12. Don’t forget, the AP in its latest stylebook (followed by itself as well as many publications) decreed that when referring to race Black is to be capitalized but white is lower-case.

    The AP’s slanted news stories are almost invariably the version used for non-local reporting in American newspapers.

  13. aj54 says:
    @Priss Factor

    and most self-censor such thoughts, boils down to that also

  14. As usual the Malkin hit piece leaves out crucial details. First, Ashli Babbitt began her relationship with her later husband Aaron Babbitt while Ashli was married to another man. So the most basic problem is that Ashli was a marred woman who cheated on her husband. That alone establishes Babbitt lacked any moral character. Second, Aaron Babbitt’a ex-wife, Celeste Norris, the subject of Ashli Babbitt’s hateful attacks, successfully obtained TWO protective orders from Maryland Courts instructing Ashli Babbitt to stock harassing Norris and to stay away from Norris. Third, although Ms Malkin is correct that the criminal charges against Babbitt were dismissed (the AP report notes that transcripts from the trial are not available to verify what happened at the trial), Babbitt’s insurance company settled a parallel civil lawsuit for a substantial sum of money likely at or near her policy limits. Insurance companies simply do not pay claims unless there is a likelihood of loss at trial on those claims. Thus we know (1)Babbitt was a woman of ill-virtue (2) she was the subject of two protective orders (which also means she likely had to surrender her guns) (3) although criminal charges were dismissed, her insurance company paid out on civil claims. Remember OJ was acquitted on criminal charges but later “convicted” on a civil complaint and ordered to pay substantial damages.

    Malkin leaves out these crucial facts in her hagiography of Babbitt. The AP article is correct. The Babbitt story is more complex, Babbitt is no martyr. Babbitt lacked moral character–that cannot be disputed.

    • Troll: Achmed E. Newman
    • Replies: @Not Chicken Little
  15. @Achmed E. Newman

    I’m in no disagreement with you on the clown show dated 1.6. Insurrectionists rarely show up without guns. It was an unopposed clown show. If Crapitol Hill wasn’t flooded up to the top of the Dome with estrogen, everyone would have gotten a trespassing ticket and a share of the cleaning bill. Women do the Catty Claw for political privilege at every opportunity.

    As to the issue of Madd Maxx, I’m very interested. Be a good one either here, or a piece at Peak Stupidity. I don’t know if Boeing ever got their airworthiness certificate back. Can you be emailed at Peak? Ron or Steve could do an open thread on the subject too, if only we had sufficient muscle, heh.I dig on learned specialists chewing the fat on such things. That thread, to me was an all-timer. Followup would be very cool. Thanks.

  16. @Harry Huntington

    Your attempt to justify the murder of Ashli Babbitt is contemptible.

    • Replies: @Harry Huntington
  17. @Not Chicken Little

    Muder? Ashli was participating in the coup to overthrow the government of the US. The coup participants should have been collected and summarily shot. The fact that are being tried on lesser charges is a sing of weakness in the American government. As the facts demonstrate, Ashli was an immoral woman. Adultery used to be a crime. It is unfortunate that we no longer prosecute for adultery, or we could have been spared the Ashli hagiography like this article by Ms Malkin.

    • Replies: @Resartus
  18. Resartus says:
    @Harry Huntington

    The whole 1.6 issue can be put right at the feet of courts in the states involved…..

    Libtards keep saying there was no proof given to courts…..
    Don’t know the total number that were filed in the courts….
    There were at least 50 rejected on the “No standing to bring a suit”…..

    So no, it wasn’t Trumps or even Congresses fault, it was totally the courts by
    failing to do their job…..

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