November 24, 2020

It’s Easy to Predict the Loser in Tuesday’s Election

Nobody knows how the election will turn out, but we can say with confidence that this is the first election where so many trusted authorities in our country have tried to tip the scales so hard. Regardless of the outcome, the partisan unfairness we have seen through this election cycle will further erode what we need most in our country: a renewal of trust. Trust is down in almost every national institution. When the people don’t trust government, private business, educational institutions and the media, our country becomes less stable. But those bemoaning the erosion of trust spend little time talking about how much the institutions in question have earned the lower regard they now hold.

Large, powerful institutions have behaved badly in our country for a long time. From the majority of former congressman now becoming corporate and foreign lobbyists instead of returning home, to former presidents of both parties cashing in on ludicrously high-priced foreign speeches and payments, to universities charging our kids astronomical tuitions while their administrators’ salaries grow exponentially, to the vast swaths of our entertainment, financial, political and even legal elite who were palling around with serial child sex abuser Jeffrey Epstein, all the way to the federal law enforcement organizations that refused to hold Epstein accountable for his heinous crimes, it’s not surprising that people have lost trust in our national institutions. The QAnon conspiracy is, of course, insane, but it’s not hard to understand why people fall for conspiracies when you look at how those at the top of our society have behaved these past years.

In the face of this long-term trend, the most destructive thing to come from this election may be the continuation and even acceleration of the loss of trust Americans have in our nation’s formerly trusted institutions.

The New York Times has always been liberal, but it used to have standards. When the Times published their famous “anonymous” op-ed by a “senior administration official” attacking the president, they led everyone to believe that the official was someone very high up. Everyone from Vice President Mike Pence on down was under suspicion. It was marketed as a testament to how dangerous and crazy this president was — that someone in his own orbit was coming out to undermine him in The New York Times. The problem is the author was not a “senior administration official” at all. The author, Miles Taylor, was a 33-year-old deputy chief of staff to the Homeland Security secretary. He was not close to the president in any way. He wasn’t even listed on his own cabinet agency website’s leadership page. There are thousands of people who may qualify as a senior administration official the way the Times defined it. It’s just not honest to pretend that the op-ed was a true reflection of Trump’s senior team. People have a right to expect The New York Times to be honest, even when covering a politician who they clearly don’t like.

Last week, the New York Post, America’s fourth-largest newspaper by circulation, published a bombshell story on Hunter Biden’s email account, including materials that indicated Joe Biden may have been more involved in Hunter’s foreign financial dealings than he had let on previously. Twitter responded by blocking the content and then blocking the entire New York Post. Facebook took similar actions. There were some legitimate journalistic questions about the story, but our new technology censors weren’t interested in that. They just made sure people didn’t see the content.

Later, Tony Bobulinski, a former business partner of Hunter Biden, came forward to offer firsthand testimony on the Bidens. Bobulinski was CEO of a company the Biden’s were putting together to raise millions of dollars from a Chinese energy conglomerate with ties to the ruling Chinese Communist Party. Bobulinski, in other words, was in a position to know what was really happening. Bobulinski came forward to say that, contrary to Joe Biden’s denials, Joe was well aware of and involved with Hunter’s dealings in China. Bobulinski claims that he was personally in meetings with Joe Biden on these topics. Direct testimony by a trusted insider with reason to know the facts is a very strong form of evidence. It’s not definitive proof — he could be lying; he could be being paid off — but its definitely persuasive. People go to jail all the time over evidence like this, yet the major corporate media outlets in our country have decided to largely ignore it. They aren’t giving very good reasons as to why they would ignore this sort of firsthand evidence. The only one that comes to mind is it hurts their favored candidate.

To be clear, I don’t think that the Bobulinski testimony or the Hunter Biden emails were about to change the course of the election. Although it sure seems like Joe Biden was caught lying when he said he knows nothing of Hunter’s foreign business dealings, we have no proof yet that Joe has broken any laws. And more broadly, voters have — for good or ill — written off issues like this, mostly because they view everyone in Washington as compromised, anyway.

The irony is that things weren’t looking great for the president, even without the media and the tech companies’ interference. The president’s powerful opponents probably could have played it straight and still gotten their desired outcome. The left didn’t want to take any risks, though, and pressured every institution in America that even considered being fair with strong-arm tactics. As a result, if Trump loses, his supporters will forever hold it against these institutions that abused their authority. Our country will be one step further from the healing we so need. We all lose from that.

Neil Patel co-founded The Daily Caller, one of America’s fastest-growing online news outlets, which regularly breaks news and distributes it to over 15 million monthly readers. Patel also co-founded The Daily Caller News Foundation, a nonprofit news company that trains journalists, produces fact-checks and conducts longer-term investigative reporting. The Daily Caller News Foundation licenses its content free of charge to over 300 news outlets, reaching potentially hundreds of millions of people per month. To find out more about Neil Patel and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators website at www.creators.com

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9 Responses

  1. The media deserves to be closed down period. They’re supposed to give unbiased reporting. They have not therefore should go.

  2. Trump needs to win and continue to drain the swamp..under BLM obama putting America up for sale many in government has filled their pockets as obama let our enemy into this country..Trump 2020

  3. It has to be Trump all the way! We need the senate and the house under Republican control. The Republicans will bring our country back to its greatness! Please vote Republican RED all the way on a straight ticket. We the citizens want our country the way it was , not what the Dems are trying to make it ! Trump 2020 !

  4. John Bunyan said, “The best prayers have often more groans than words.” May we groan to God for our blessed nation.

  5. The real problem the Democrats have is they think the American people are DUMB AND BLIND :

    We know what has gone on too long, AND THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN STOP IT IS DONALD TRUMP !!

    like it or not Democtats he will be the president for the next 4 years . If Biden wins by some crooked quirk, we are in real trouble, because Joe Biden is not mentally or Physically able to do the job and most important look who will be the president. Is that scary. The thought of Kamala running the show is scary as hell.
    we will be in deep trouble. Dont let it happen America or you deserve what comes with it .

  6. The real problem the Democrats have is they think the American people are dumb and blind!! We know what has been going on way too long , and the only one to stop it is DONALD TRUMP . Like it or not Democrats Donald Trump will be the President for the next 4 years .If by some crooked chance Joe Biden wins we are in real serious trouble as a country, He is not in my opinion and many others not physically
    or mentally able to run the country, And if he is not look who is next in line. Thats scary .America do not let it happen or you deserve what you get,.

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