CNN’s April Ryan Strikes Out At Reporters Disclosing Embarrassing Comments From Joe Biden

We have been discussing the open bias shown by the media in the last four years. It is not clear if we can regain the ground lost for journalism as even journalism professors call for the rejection of objectivity in favor of advocacy. This has included shielding Joe Biden from any challenging questions during the recent election. That includes the news blackout on reporting on the Hunter Biden scandal, the subject of my column today in the Hill. CNN’s April Ryan personifies this trend. Even as the media is facing widespread criticism for burying the Hunter Biden story (and is now doing the same with the Swalwell scandal), Ryan lashed out at confidential sources responsible for leaking a recording of Joe Biden making embarrassing comments about the “defund the police” movement. Ryan is demanding to know who is responsible for allowing the embarrassing comments to be made public despite her past enthusiastic discussion of such leaks against President Donald Trump.

President-elect Biden lashed out at the “defund the police” movement this week in a meeting with civil rights leaders, stating  “That’s how they beat the living hell out of us across the country, saying that we’re talking about defunding the police. We’re not.” The recording was obtained by The Intercept.

What I felt was most notable was that Biden said that he would not share his plans for reforming the police until after the Georgia runoff to avoid any backlash from voters. While NBC paraphrased the quote as Biden warning “about getting ‘too far ahead of ourselves’ with critical Senate runoff elections in Georgia on Jan. 5,” it was more direct and disturbing than that.

Biden stated: “Just think to yourself and give me advice whether we should do that before Jan. 5th, because that’s how they beat the living hell out of us across the country, saying that we’re talking about defunding the police.”

It was precisely what Biden did with regard to packing the Supreme Court. He expressly refused to tell voters whether he would support such a plan because it might cost him votes. The key issue in the Georgia runoff is whether, once in control of the Senate, the Democrats would move forward on what are viewed as radical proposals, including sweeping police reforms. Biden’s answer again is not to tell the voters what they have planned.

As I mentioned yesterday, I am not sure when it became acceptable for politicians to expressly refuse to state their intentions and policies until after they are elected. Biden has now twice said that he does not want voters to know in case it might cost votes.

There are a host of issues raised by Biden’s remarks, but Ryan lashed out at the use of such tapes, which are standard in journalism;

“I asked an incoming White House source was the meeting contentious with civil rights leader and @JoeBiden and the answer was ‘no’. A rights leader at the meeting says @JoeBiden was passionate,” Ryan tweeted. “The question is who taped this meeting and why? What is the agenda?”

Ryan then dug herself deeper in responding to what appears a sarcastic response from Vice journalist Edward Ongweso Jr. Orgweso remarked that

“It is irresponsible and sets a dangerous precedent for journalists covering the incoming administration to be able to use secretly recorded conversations in their stories. To parse out Biden’s thoughts and anticipate his policy commitments, you must go through proper channels.

The White House Press Secretary, the spokespeople for the President and Vice President, senior officials (without attribution), and the President’s public statements are all designated and responsible sources for information about the President’s thoughts and intentions.”

Revealing a contradiction between Biden’s private thoughts and public statements is dangerous because it erodes public trust in the President, the Office, and the media itself,


He was trying to state why Ryan’s view of journalism was absurd but, in a telling moment, Ryan agreed with that interpretation of journalism that would make a Stalinist propagandist blush. She responded “You hit the nail in the head! This is not good at all.”

Ongweso Jr. simply responded “Folks… I can’t.”

The fact is that Ryan was just stating what has become the approach of many in the media. As we recently discussed, we are moving dangerously close to a de facto state media with the cooperation of Big Tech companies.  Ryan believes that it is outrageous to rely on unapproved material if it is critical of Joe Biden (despite her use of such material for the last four years against Trump).

This week, CNN anchor Kate Bolduan was criticized for wearing a sweater stating “Facts First” as CNN was being criticized for its suppression of the Hunter Biden story and its lack of coverage of the Swalwell scandal.  Now one of its most prominent CNN analysts is declaring that journalists should not rely on unapproved material on Biden and that the confidential source for another media organization should be uncovered.  CNN has not expressed any disagreement with Ryan’s view of the new journalism.

It is precisely the realization of the call for journalists to dispense with objectivity in favor of open advocacy.  What is clear is that, once reporters like Ryan dispense with objectivity, they also substitute it with open hypocrisy.

116 thoughts on “CNN’s April Ryan Strikes Out At Reporters Disclosing Embarrassing Comments From Joe Biden”

  1. Only the ‘profession’ of Journalism can save itself.

    I propose a license, like lawyers and contractors have, with clear industry standards to advertise and label one’s self as a journalist or a journalistic organization. Truth in advertising. I would include the organizational and financial transparency that journalists want from their subjects and clear distinctions between when one is practicing journalism and when one is giving their opinions.

    If one does not want the restrictions these standards may require, don’t get the license. Do not say that you or this story are bound by pesky criteria, like facts.

  2. What’s the mystery. Biden is being absolutely consistent in saying he needs to keep his policies confidential because people wouldn’t vote for him otherwise.

  3. The loss of credibiity pales into insignificance compared to the wilful misreporting of the “pandemic”. The population mortality rate after ten months is less than 0.1% and that is with 94% of deaths with CoVID having an average age higher than the national mortality rate and 2.6 co-morbidities. The “faux” editorial boards and journalists not only refuse to place the severity of the virus in any context, they wilfully suppress inter-country comparisons and any analysis on recovery methods, durations, demographics for almost 51 million people who have recovered from the virus, globally, and almost 10 million recoveries in the US. This lack of context is outrageous and is literally killing people and making others suffer needlessly.
    For example, recoveries in India are running at 95% of infections, those in the US are around 58% and Germany around 72%. Infection rates 5% in the US and sub-2% in Germany. A case is discovered every 13 tests in the US but 23 tests are needed to find an infection in Germany.
    Where is the challenge in the press of why a vaccine is even needed when the infection rate of 5% should be compared to the efficacy rate of the vaccine of 95%, where is the challenge on the dangers of “warp speeding” a vaccine that modifies human genes (in the context of genetically modified food controversies globally).
    In short, the propaganda is the least of the problem across the global MSM and “social media”. The actions of these ignorant/inferior/biased/bigoted reporting/censoring is literally killing people.

  4. American journalism has one job; protect the left. It’s really no more complicated than that.

  5. MSM have studied Don Quixote.

    “Facts are the enemy of truth”
    — Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

    -Fourth estate is partner for Truth, Unity and Reconciliation

    WASHINGTON, DC – The Party today thanked the media for their unprecedented and loyal efforts to promote Truth, advance Unity, and combat disinformation. The remarks were offered in response to the media’s action to identify and purge disloyal elements from its ranks following the improper disclosure of confidential Party communications.

    “On behalf of the media, I would like to thank the Party for the trust that Mr. Biden and the Party have shown in us. Trust needs to be earned, and the actions of one disloyal individual do not reflect our collective commitment. The media are in full alignment with the Party and it goals,” said Jim Acosta, Chief White House Correspondent for CNN. “The Party can count on us as full partners in the journey ahead,” he added.


    Immediate implementation of these guidelines is authorized under previously approved directives adopted in response to the COVID-19 emergency. Further information on these guidelines will be communicated as circumstances dictate.

  7. So Jonathan: in light of your spot on analysis, what’s your intellectual justification for supporting and voting precisely for Democrats, your party of choice? That’s what I don’t get, dear.

    1. That all sounded like good news to me. Trump was prescient in 2018 and set something it place to use now. What a brilliant leader.

      It is the democrats who are the evil doers. It is not the GOP that is cheating. We don’t have to, we are more popular because Mr. Trump’s policies are for people not communists.

      If the Dems have nothing to hide and are as popular as they claim to be, then they should have no objections to any probes to determine if there was fraud or not.

  8. ‘It’s obvious now that Bill Barr came out of retirement to protect the DOJ/FBI from accountability for Spygate, including slow-walking Durham investigation, not prosecuting the guilty agents & burying Hunter Biden laptop before the election.’ @emeraldrobinson

    1. William “Mr. Deep Deep State” Barr

      This is what the Deep Deep State does.

      The Deep Deep State took out Kennedy on November 22, 1963.

      The Deep Deep State took out Trump on November 3, 2020.

      The Deep Deep State will soon ensconce in the office of the president the ineligible spawn of two foreign citizens; an incompetent promoted by Willy Brown, a barren woman who rented a nice white family for

      this rigged election, a failure who couldn’t get a dollar and couldn’t get a vote in the primary.

      All right before our very eyes.

      1. Kennedy did two things prior to his enemies assassinating him. He ordered Israel not to go nuclear, rightly predicting an ensuing ME arms race. He threated to disband the CIA for being out of control (sound familiar?) Bobby Kennedy sent Teamster union officials to prison after the union insured the IL vote, most of said union members being Protestants who would otherwise never have voted for a Catholic.

        Israel and the CIA murdered JFK, possibly with Teamster Union help. Not the fist time Israel murdered Americans on purpose: see USS Liberty. (John McStain’s father, then a Navy Judge, insured Israel got away with murder in the Liberty incident, which made McStain is a State Hero in Israel.)

        Crystal clear proof that Oswald did NOT murder JFK: three times three of the world’s best US military marksmen attempted and failed to replicate the JFK kill shot/s with modern rifles. The alleged kill rifle was a useless, dirt cheap POS 1940 Italian military surplus rifle that could barely shoot and was inaccurate @ 75 feet, much less JFK’s moving head at 265 feet, by Oswald the shooter severely lacking shooting skills. Oswald just barely passed his US military shooting proficiency test many years earlier and had not practiced long range shooting with the alleged kill rifle.

        1. Here’s all you need to know:

          The Parkland doctor put a tracheotomy in an “entrance wound in the front of the throat” of JFK. RFK prosecuted the Mob before Congress and summarily deported Carlos Marcello without even a toothbrush. JFK abandoned the CIA invasion force which was slaughtered on the beach at the Bay of Pigs, failed to recover Cuba for the CIA and the Mob, and threatened to eliminate the CIA. JFK threatened to “…splinter the C.I.A. in a thousand pieces and scatter it to the winds.” JFK was generally oppositional to and went straight into the teeth of the Military/Industrial Complex, which Eisenhower had revealed three days before JFK’s inauguration day, January 20, 1960.

          You don’t spit into the wind and you don’t mess around with the American Communist Deep Deep State, the organization formerly know as the Military/Industrial Complex.


          “In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.”

          – Dwight D. Eisenhower, January 17, 1960

      2. Crazy George never disappoints.

        Crazier than squirrel scat and lover of every whacko conspiracy theory to ever slither out of Infowars.

    2. ‘Here are the facts of life, as shown by the AG Barr case.

      Republicans like rules.

      Democrats want power.

      Democrats politicize the DOJ.

      Republicans refuse to politicize the DOJ, as Democrats accuse them (falsely) of doing so.

      There is no remedy but to tell the truth about it.’ @joelpollak

  9. You communists (liberals, progressives, socialists, democrats, RINOs) can’t lie, cheat, corrupt, tamper with and steal this:

  10. “It is not clear if we can regain the ground lost for journalism as even journalism professors call for the rejection of objectivity in favor of advocacy.”

    – Professor Turley

    The American free press is now the propaganda and indoctrination arm of the American Deep Deep State Communist Party.

    Forget objectivity and ethos, the free press has become an instrument of authoritarian oppression.

    Abraham Lincoln unconstitutionally suspended Habeas Corpus, threw opposing editors in prison, destroyed offices and smashed printing presses.

    Now, the free press agitates to throw fact witnesses in prison, destroy reputations and smash the few conservative platforms.

    These are fundamentally the same exercise: The imposition of criminal, despotic tyranny.

    Judicial branch and Supreme Court assurance of the dominion of the “manifest tenor” of the Constitution was intended to be the backstop; the safety net.

    The judicial branch and Supreme Court can uphold heinous abortion and patently unconstitutional Obamacare, but it cannot bring itself to remedy the criminal, corrupted illegitimate 2020 election and the

    putrefaction of the Constitution, while that is its prescribed function and duty.

    During the Lincoln “Reign of Terror” and subsequent political/ideological abominations, and continuing to the current election tampering and “advocacy” by the press, the judicial branch and Supreme Court have

    failed the Constitution, America and Americans.

    The American Deep Deep State Communist Party will now begin “fundamentally transforming” the Constitution into the Communist Manifesto.

    Shame on the judicial branch.

    Shame on the Supreme Court.

    1. I have no sympathy for George Bush and Dick Cheney who both deserve a trial and death penalty for crimes against humanity. But recall this? While Bush 46 was in office, we daily or weekly heard the Dems label him a “war monger” or “war killer,” etc. Then immediately after Obama won, who started more wars in the ME and loved war more than Bush, “war monger” left the vocabulary of the DNC.

      1. What will a Biden presidency be ?

        Mostly Biden quietly continuing much of Trump’s policies – because they work.

        As Biden telegraphed in the leaked interview – no one has done more for the left than he has – he has said all the things they wanted him to say. Words – that is what matters.

        The Biden presidency will be a barage of words – and hopefully nothing else.

        It is hard to immagine anything he could do that would not be bad.

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