Posted On: Thursday - October 1st 2020 6:31PM MST
In Topics:   Elections '16 - '20  TV, aka Gov't Media  Media Stupidity  Zhou Bai Dien
Unz and occasional Peak Stupidity commenter Mr. Anon posted the clip contained here under a recent John Derbyshire column called "They Might As Well Put Bones Through Their Noses"— the Corruption of Scientific American. (Threads sometimes digress, what can I say?)
I was pretty amazed by the short clip showing a news report critical of 1988 Presidential candidate Joe Biden. They pointed out that he was a liar regarding his performance in college. I won't get into those details because it's all in this one minute clip. Dan Rather was the CBS news anchor at this time, and his face appears, but I really ought to remember who the other newscaster is.
I don't have the date either of the newscast. It was a year earlier, 1987, when Joe Biden had his biggest plagiarism incident, which was not his first. The first was at Syracuse University, the place about which he lied about his scholastic ability, as seen in the video. Plagiarism is lying by omission, so just a milder version of lying I suppose. Business Insider has an article that I wish the general voting public would read to jog it's memories - Flashback: Joe Biden's first presidential run in 1988 cratered amid multiple instances of plagiarism. As Peak Stupidity noted in Courting the "Goldfish" vote, with reference to this very incident, people forget way too easily.
Check out this youtube video about the big plagiarism incident. Mr. Biden took part of his speech directly from a British politician named Neil Kinnock, of the Labor Party there. Yes, "Labour" is spelled differently there, and Mr. Biden was careful to take out all of the very proper English usage for his version.
OK, let me get back to the point of this post. You will notice something really strange about this whole TV news format of 1988. There are actual CBS (that's Mainstream Media before the internet could even check on them) reporters actually calling out lies from a man of the LEFT! That's unheard of today. Today any reports about the man and some lies from his past would be made to cover for the lies.
Would Chris Wallace even think about asking Joe Biden about his plagiarism and lying in one of the 2020 debates? I'd be shocked to hear about that. It's a different world now. Our Lyin' Press has gone full-out Soviet Tass.
It's so refreshing to see something like this old report. I am not saying that there wasn't plenty of slant toward the left from TV news since during Walter Cronkite's time. It just wasn't so blatant back then. Maybe blatant is good, and hidden was bad. People have always had the choice to turn that crap off, but nowadays the internet gives us plenty of options for other sources to boot. The decision is a no-brainer now.
NOTE: The original video is gone from youtube. I will leave the comments above here (for one thing, I can't be rewriting posts based on the whim of youtube). I hope the ABC Nightline one below is helpful:
From youtube comments, 1st one:
4 months ago
Are we to believe that 32 more years in Washington has made him MORE honest than he was in 1988?
UPDATED 11/09/20:] Original CBS video was taken off youtube, at least the version I had. I can't find it now, so try the ABC Nightline version with Ted Koppel that I put up now