‘One-party control’: Federal judge slams media, Big Tech over left-leaning bias

A federal judge used his dissenting opinion in a recent case to issue a stunning rebuke of the mainstream media, which he says has turned into little more than a mouthpiece for the Democratic Party.

According to The Hill, the comments came from Washington, D.C. Circuit Senior Judge Laurence Silberman in his opinion on a recent, but unrelated defamation case.

Silberman was appointed to his position by former President Ronald Reagan.

“The first step”

Writing Friday, the judge said “the first step taken by any potential authoritarian or dictatorial regime is to gain control of communications, particularly the delivery of news.”

Silberman trained his sights on The New York Times and The Washington Post, adding that “the news section of the Wall Street Journal leans in the same direction.”

“Nearly all television — network and cable — is a Democratic Party trumpet,” Silberman charged, according to The Hill. “Even the government-supported National Public Radio [NPR] follows along,” he added, pointing to Fox News, the Wall Street Journal‘s editorial page, and the New York Post as notable exceptions.

“One-party control”

The judge also went after Big Tech, which he said “filters news delivery in ways favorable to the Democratic Party.”

According to Breitbart, Silberman wrote that this “one-party control of the press and media is a threat to a viable democracy. It may even give rise to countervailing extremism,” he said.

“It is well-accepted that viewpoint discrimination ‘raises the specter that the Government may effectively drive certain ideas or viewpoints from the marketplace,’” the judge added. “But ideological homogeneity in the media — or in the channels of information distribution — risks repressing certain ideas from the public consciousness just as surely as if access were restricted by the government.”

“Near impunity”

According to The Hill, Silberman suggested a step in the right direction would be for the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn its famous 1964 New York Times v. Sullivan decision, which requires those seeking relief over defamation claims to prove “actual malice” on the part of a publisher. The judge said the precedent is now being “abused” by journalists, who can “cast false aspersion on public figures with near impunity.”

His comments came in a dissent on a case where the D.C. Circuit Court ruled 2–1 that a pair of Liberian officials had fallen short of proving actual malice in their case against Global Witness, an environmental protection group that said the pair “had accepted bribes in connection with the sale of an oil license,” according to The Hill.

But while the judge’s thoughts may be largely in line with many on the right side of the political aisle, little seems to be happening in the realm of reforms. It’s a shame.

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    1. THE FAKE NEWS MEDIA, WITH ALL THEIR PRAPAGANA ARE GOING DOWN ALONG WITH ALL THE CRIMINAL CORRUPT DEMORATS IN THE SNAKE SWAMP.

      CAN’T WAIT TO SEE ALL THE SNAKES IN THE SWAMP DISAPPEAR.

      IT WILL BE A GREAT DAY IN AMERICA.

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  2. Yes,finally a judge that sees things correctly n isn’t afraid to say it…act on it, a hero!!!
    We need more judges to do their job!!!

  3. About time someone told the MORON MEDIA AKA RECTUM SUCKING PUPPETS of the Democraps to task for their HATE of Conservatives and America in general.

  4. The whole Democratic party leader have shown their real selfs these people are criminals, when we had President Trump there were bumps in the road, but nothing like what is happening now. All kind are flowing into our country, Biden and Harris don’t know or want to know the flow of migrants the next thing we will have is crime in our streets and country, we already have to pay pay pay for the keep of these migrants,and damn it was preventable President Trump had a good control on the flow.

  5. Sounds like this judge needs to be a Supreme Court Justice. Would he be ineligible to be a Supreme Court Justice because he knows the law, has the integrity to apply it and has common sense?

  6. Are there no more active and honest judges on the bench now, than Judge Laurence Silberman ; judges with the integrity and comprehension of our rights in this Constitutional Republic ? Our founding fathers sought to eliminate the tyrannical rule by a few powerful people being imposed upon the people of this nation ; rather than allowing the maltreatment of citizens by those who wish to overlord the rest of us. We are recognized as having equal rights as each another, thus endowed by our Creator, and not under dictatorial power imposed by one or a few individuals. Information control (suppression) is a tool which has been used to subdue people, through those people’s lack of knowledge. Whether it is accomplished by government or by other entities ; it is inherently harmful to those who are denied free access to information. Disputes are to be decided in courts of law, wherein EVIDENCE is allowed to be presented by both sides, and the jury allowed to decide among it’s members what is true and rightful ; and then what is to be done in the DUE PROCESS of settling said disputes. Frequently, evidence presented brings about the exposure of fallacies presented by one side, or the other, or both. Open debate is good for showing the strengths and weaknesses of arguments. Decisions made in this manner tend to be more often correct, in fairness to all. It is WRONG to impose wrong consequences upon people, things which they do not deserve. It is WRONG to impose information CONTROL, in order to accomplish wrongful results. It is WRONG to do such, no matter whether the media is controlled by the government, or by powerful private interests – such as by wealthy individuals or by politically biased media !!!

  7. Thank God we have a judge to stand up for the people not the swamp, yes Biden and Harris are part of the swamp. We need to get our jobs back and open our country back up. Hoping there are more judges out there to help us, not paid by Democrats.

  8. Thank you Judge Silberman! At last a REAL HONEST jurist with the spine to tell it like it is! Perhaps our scotus should get a clue from him on jurisprudence. Seems they need a few lessons from Judge Silberman.

  9. The Democrats and Communist media partners are pushing us into a civil war. They are going to push so far and the people are going to rebel. Gun confiscation, extreme taxes, one rule party, —–all that caused rebellion in 1776 is here again except instead of the King of England it is the Communist Democratic party and Obama/Biden/Piglousely. Nader, Durbin, Schumer, Como etc!!.

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