Media Misinformation or Protection? Pro-Biden Media Figures Clash Over Pressing Biden On Immigration Surge

In the first White House press conference held with President Joe  Biden, many noted that the second question was given to “PBS NewsHour” correspondent Yamiche Alcindor who has been previously criticized for breathless accounts of Biden and what she called “the super heros” of his cabinet. Alcindor raised the issue of the crisis at the border with a massive increase in unaccompanied minors. However, she framed her question as to whether Biden can resolve the “tension” of having people come to the United States because he is such a “moral” and “decent” person. One critic however objected that the question was unfair to Biden and based on disinformation. That of course was Jennifer Rubin, who has been repeatedly criticized for false postings from congressional hearings to court decisions to even Shakespeare. She even once attacked me  for a theory that I did not agree with in a column that I did not write.  However, during the week of the House hearing on calls for expanded censorship on the Internet of “disinformation and misinformation,” the ensuing disagreement between Alcindor and Rubin shows how fluid these concepts have become where Alcindor could be accused of spreading misinformation for just asking the question.

Biden was challenged for his statistical claims and even NBC News found that he was incorrect.

Alcindor prefaced her question by first giving Biden’s stated defense and then emphasizing the appeal of this moral character as the reason why parents are “trusting” him with their children:

“You’ve said over and over again that immigrants shouldn’t come to this country right now … That message is not being received/ Instead, the perception of you that got you elected — as a moral, decent man — is the reason a lot of immigrants are coming to this country and are trusting you with unaccompanied minors. How do you resolve that tension and how are you choosing which families can stay and which ones can go … and is there a timeline for when we won’t be seeing these overcrowded facilities run by CBP when it comes to unaccompanied minors?”

For critics, the question (and mild treatment of Biden by the media) was a continuation of the cushion of protection offered by the media. Indeed, before the press conference, both Post media columnist Margaret Sullivan and Rubin publicly discouraged reporters from being too tough on Biden in the press conference.

Even Alcindor’s fawning, convoluted question was too much for Rubin who objected that “Yamiche makes the statement unproven that his words set off the surge. This is factually wrong.”  The problem for Rubin is that Alcindor made any connection at all between Biden and the surge.  Rubin apparently believes that the media should have refused to make any such connection — unless it was to declare that such connections are factually wrong.

That led Alcindor to fire back that Rubin was ignoring widespread reporting that families are coming due to Biden: “Perhaps you haven’t interviewed migrants & asked them this Q, but reporting bears out what I said, which is that some migrants are coming because of the perception that Pres[ident] Biden is more humane & is allowing unaccompanied minors to stay. So unfortunately, you’re factually wrong.” (In addition, many immigrants are wearing teeshirt with Biden’s name on it and the Mexican President also said that Biden is the draw for the surge).

My interest in the squabble is how it captures the seemingly endless flexibility of the terms “misinformation” and “disinformation.” Rubin believes that Alcindor was spreading false information, the basis for calls for increased censorship on the Internet.  She fired back the Alcindor needs to read the news: “Perhaps you haven’t interviewed migrants & asked them this Q, but reporting bears out what I said, which is that some migrants are coming because of the perception that Pres[ident] Biden is more humane & is allowing unaccompanied minors to stay. So unfortunately, you’re factually wrong.”

The latest hearing followed the same pattern, as was evident in the prior hearing in which I testified.Prior hearings have shown that censorship is now a touchstone for Democratic politicians. That was evident in the Senate hearing with the Big Tech CEOs. Rather than addressing the dangers of such censoring of news accounts, Senator Chris Coons pressed Dorsey to expand the categories of censored material to prevent people from sharing any views that he considers “climate denialism.” Likewise, Senator Richard Blumenthal seemed to take the opposite meaning from Twitter, admitting that it was wrong to censor the Biden story. Blumenthal said that he was “concerned that both of your companies are, in fact, backsliding or retrenching, that you are failing to take action against dangerous disinformation.” Accordingly, he demanded an answer to this question:

“Will you commit to the same kind of robust content modification playbook in this coming election, including fact checking, labeling, reducing the spread of misinformation, and other steps, even for politicians in the runoff elections ahead?”

“Robust content modification” now includes “disinformation and misinformation” on a wide variety of subjects from climate change to election fraud to immigration to gender issues.

The difference is that objections to statements by figures like Alcindor are likely to be confined to Twitter while others are subjected to cancelling campaigns.  Such “friendly fire” incidents however show the subjectivity of such labelings in our cancel culture.

104 thoughts on “Media Misinformation or Protection? Pro-Biden Media Figures Clash Over Pressing Biden On Immigration Surge”

  1. This is enraging. Watch the video of a carjacking in DC, broad daylight, by two black teen girls. Watch the National Guardsman (in town to ostensibly protect Congress from WHITE extremists!! just infuriatingly stupid) and some other “officer” standing there, doing nothing to help him, while the Pakistani Uber Driver lay dying face down on the sidewalk. Mayor Bowswer is beyond an incompetent mayor, just like ALL Democrat political incompetents running our cities into the ground. Beyond Outrageous. Where is the MSM reporting and outrage? No where, why? Because two BLACK girls murdered this man. NO ONE is safe in Washington, DC except for the useless Congress. Just sickening. Open the dam schools Joe Biden. This murder/car jacking was done by 13 and 15 year old girls.

    https://beckernews.com/disturbing-uber-driver-murdered-by-two-teen-girls-in-broad-daylight-in-d-c-38130/

    1. “Where is the MSM reporting”

      Here, for example –
      https://www.cnn.com/2021/03/27/us/washington-dc-uber-eats-carjacking-homicide/index.html
      https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/teen-girls-carjacking-charges/2021/03/24/50c29dee-8c96-11eb-a6bd-0eb91c03305a_story.html

      You can find plenty of other MSM reporting about it if you simply Google the story.

      “Open the dam schools Joe Biden”

      Biden has no control over the schools, just like Trump had no control over the schools. That’s a state issue, not under federal jurisdiction.

      1. Biden is the PRESIDENT. He has influence OVER the teachers unions instead of allowing the teachers unions to run roughshod over him. And what about that SCIENCE that Biden loves so much? What a crock. People need to raise Holy Hel* with their local politicians and not let up.

        Instead of going to the border or actually staying in DC and “working” to fix all the problems he and his idiotic policies have created, Biden is flying home to Delaware, yet again, just as he has been doing nearly every dam weekend — just as he did all during his VP years. Why? Because it is his home and that is where he can “relax” with his family. Really Mr. President? You were not installed POTUS to fly home every dam weekend so you can “relax.” Stay in DC and do some work. Or donate your salary, you useless political lying hack demented senile corrupt dictator, SOB.

        1. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2713736/Joe-Biden-spent-million-dollars-flying-home-Wilmington-12-406-play-golf-Obama-claims-shocking-new-book.html

          “In his report on Biden’s non-stop travel to Wilmington, Koffler also questions the need for Biden to visit his home there so often.

          Noting that Biden has family in Delaware and is a regular at an exclusive golf course in the area, Koffler points out that ‘in an era of soaring debt’ Biden was choosing ‘to spend thousands of taxpayers dollars to accomodate a personal predilection.’

          ‘Millions of American work in cities that they don’t call home, but few can afford the expense of returning to their ancestral grounds regularly,’ Koffler wrote. ‘And none can rest their heads on pillows at the beautiful vice president’s mansion at the U.S. Naval Observatory in Washington.’

          Kessler says the irony of Biden’s outrageous spending is that the president a put him in charge of the administration’s Campaign to Cut waste in 2011 and claimed Biden would ‘hunt down and eliminate misspent tax dollars in every agency and department across the federal government.’

          Biden then told supporters of the administration in an email that he was the ‘new sheriff in town,’ Kessler noted.”

            1. The difference is that Trump was working hard for the people and donating his salary. Joe Biden is a useless politician who has been on the public payroll for his entire adult life and career. Biden doesn’t know what ‘hard work’ even means. But he DOES know how to take advantage of the many, many wonderful perks that he (the Big Guy) and his greedy corrupt crime family have been abusing for decades.

              1. “Trump was working hard for the people” is your opinion. It’s not a fact. He spent much of his days watching TV and tweeting.

                “Trump was … donating his salary”

                Yep, and he was also transferring public funds into his own and his family’s pockets every time he visited one of his businesses (transferred via room rentals, golf cart rentals, meals, etc.). He made much more money from the government than he gave away.

                Trump’s family is as much a “greedy corrupt crime family” as Biden’s, and probably more.

                1. “He spent much of his days watching TV and tweeting.”

                  A non-credible person makes that statement under the name of anonymous. Is that statement meaningful? Of course not. It’s a sign of TDS.

                  “Yep, and he was also transferring public funds into his own and his family’s pockets every time he visited one of his businesses “

                  Again, another comment from a non-credible person under the name anonymous. Another sign of TDS and confirms the inability of anonymous to create trustworthy dialogue.

                  Based on those comments it is understandable why this character uses anonymous as his name. It’s too embarrassing for him to be recognized for his foolishness.

                2. “Trump’s family is as much a “greedy corrupt crime family” as Biden’s, and probably more.”

                  Sorry, but only Joe Biden has been on the public payroll, cashing in, for 50 years. Trump was out in the world building things and employing people, creating jobs. Joe Biden has no idea what a real job in the world and hard work looks like, because he’s never had one and he has no idea what it means to “work hard” or meet payroll.

                  Biden’s family has never done anything either, but cash in on Joe’s political office and made millions for themselves making deals and selling “influence.” It’s disgusting how Joe Biden has made his millions. Just filthy, disgusting corruption.

            2. “Your article is from 2014.” Yes, the point is that Joe Biden has been going back to Delaware nearly every weekend – even as VP for eight years. And now as POTUS he is continuing to “go home” so he can “relax.” What a useless corrpt politician. It’s nice to be a Democrat. You can do anything and get away with it. And you can spend your whole career in “public service” and end up filthy rich. Joe’s “poorest guy in Congress” schtick is also a lie. As reported, Hunter Biden has always been the “bagman” for the Biden Crime Syndicate. Wouldn’t it be amazing if the Biden DOJ actually prosecuted Hunter for money laundering? Hahahahaha. Or how about Hunter get investigated and prosecuted for any of his many felonies, like lying on a gun purchase background check federal form, among others? Hahahaha. Like that would ever happen. It should, of course, but it won’t. It’s so easy to be a Democrat politician.

      2. In both articles you cited, the man is killed in an “accident” and a “crash.” WaPo says “fatally injured.” They only say the girls are arrested for murder. There’s passive language which separates the girls from the actual responsibility of their actions. They killed the poor man in broad daylight, while trying to steal his car. This is exactly how journalists/the media manipulate. How the picture is framed is important and influences the viewers perspective.

    2. ‘Unlike a certain someone who received a golden casket, a mayor and police department on their knees, several burning cities, and multiple televised funerals, and streets and buildings named in his honor, the world will soon forget Mohammad Anwar unless we choose to remember him.’

      ‘His name was Mohammad Anwar’

      ‘His life mattered’

      Screw BLM and their ideological political movement. It’s all bullsh*t.

    3. ‘Washington DC is occupied by 5,000 troops. There a man is robbed and murdered in front of a gaggle of soldiers, who refuse to intervene and fail to render the victim aid as he lies twitching on the ground

      All the brass’ chest-beating about ‘readiness’ was undone by that video’ ~lafayette lee

      1. Yep, they failed to render aid just like the cops with George Floyd. Shame on both sets of LE.

        1. The National Guard troops in DC, as well as the FBI, are too busy looking for ‘red MAGA hats’ to be bothered stopping actual crime right there on the streets in front of them. The corrupt news media spent more time freaking out over a smiling teenage boy, than they have over the surge of car jackings happening in DC which is now unsafe to even drive your car in broad daylight —because of corrupt and incompetent Democrats and their foolish ideologically-driven policies.

          1. MPD data shows 95 carjackings in DC in less than 3 months of this year 2021 and nearly 3x the carjackings of this time last year.

            1. That’s about one carjacking in DC per day, so far this year. DC Mayor Bowser is an incompetent mayor and DC is an unsafe city, for anyone, at any time of day or night.

              Say NO! to DC statehood. Absolutely not.

              1. If DC were to become a “state,” would that make incompetent, corrupt Mayor Bowser the new “governor” of DC?

                Any sane person will say NO! to the absurd notion of DC Statehood. What a mistake that would be.

                1. More people live in DC than live in Wyoming.

                  The Founders complained about taxation without representation, but that’s what the federal government does to DC. The residents of DC deserve voting representation in Congress.

                  1. A better solution is to exempt DC residents from federal income taxes. Further, they are not compelled to live in DC.

                    1. What’s “better” is a matter of opinion.

                      People aren’t compelled to live in the US or any specific state, but we don’t usually use that as an excuse when people argue in favor of some change to US law or a state law.

                    2. “People aren’t compelled to live in the US or any specific state, but

                      we don’t usually use that as an excuse when people argue in favor of some change to US law or a state law.”

                      One should think before they write. Actually we do. There is more than sufficient discussion of that nature

                      This is not an uncommon discussion thought you think differently. Read about federalism to become better educated and you won’t make such a mistake again.

                      For an anecdote, at one time I had a residence in NY. I was not happy with the laws I faced so even though I have home in NY my residence is in another state. That is quite common.

                    3. “It’s yet another power-grab by democrats to take permanent control of the senate.”

                      Every time someone makes this argument, it demonstrates that Republicans don’t think that they have good reasons for the residents of DC — and the for the states that currently have Democratic Senators — to vote for Republicans.

                      Other states have changed which party they elect to the Senate. If you think it’s permanently impossible for Republicans to elect at least half the Senate, that’s a condemnation of the Republicans.

                    4. “Every time someone makes this argument”

                      Anonymous the Stupid, it is a power grab. I recognize that you are too ignorant to notice but at least you have been informed. There are good reasons for DC to remain as tis and not become a state. It was originally ceded by Maryland and Virginia. This is not a new issue as Virginia’s portion of DC was retroceded. The Maryland portion could be retroceded as well whether or not it is a good idea. The attempt to make it a state instead of retroceding it proves sam’s point.

                    5. “Every time someone makes this argument, it demonstrates that” civil servants are overwhelmingly liberal, have a lust for power, love to spend other people’s money, and routinely use dishonest “arguments” to achieve their desired ends.

                      No.

                      “this argument” refers to “It’s yet another power-grab by democrats to take permanent control of the senate,” and the claim “It’s yet another power-grab by democrats to take permanent control of the senate,” doesn’t in any way demonstrate that “civil servants are overwhelmingly liberal, have a lust for power, love to spend other people’s money, and routinely use dishonest “arguments” to achieve their desired ends.”

                      C’mon. Make a valid argument.

                  2. “More people live in DC than live in Wyoming.”

                    That is a low level argument demonstrating little knowledge.

                    “The Founders complained about taxation without representation, but that’s what the federal government does to DC. The residents of DC deserve voting representation in Congress.”

                    That might bring up the question, should those that pay no federal income taxes have federal representation? This is not advocating such a position rather responding to the argument, taxation without representation.

                    1. “. . . we don’t usually . . .”

                      Maybe “we” don’t. But I did. If they don’t like the terms of residing in a federal district, Maryland and Virginia are a stone’s throw away.

                      Besides, the “representation” issue is merely a red herring. It’s yet another power-grab by democrats to take permanent control of the senate.

                      Incidentally, representation is the least of a DC resident’s concerns. The real quality of life issue is insanely high local taxes and skyrocketing crime.

                    2. “Every time someone makes this argument, it demonstrates that” civil servants are overwhelmingly liberal, have a lust for power, love to spend other people’s money, and routinely use dishonest “arguments” to achieve their desired ends.

                      If they really want the type of “representation” they desire, Venezuela’s a good choice. Perhaps they can telecommute.

    1. Multiple felonies there. Where’s Hunter now? Flying on Air Force One with Daddy “10% to the Big Guy”. The Biden Family is so corrupt and screwed up, yet the corrupt media keep spinning him as an ‘honorable’ guy. He’s not. Joe Biden is a lying backstabbing SOB. Ask Clarence Thomas, for just one honest opinion of Joe Biden. The ‘good ol’ lunch box Joe’ is Biden’s ‘schtick.’ The real Joe is a corrupt, greedy, ‘d*ck.’ And an incompetent one at that. God help this country.

      1. “Ask Clarence Thomas”

        Clarence Thomas shouldn’t have been approved. Biden f’d up the hearings and refused to call additional witnesses, like Sukari Hardnett.

        1. Anon ???. Are you that daft man ?. Clarence Thomas has been pretty much the most solid constitutionalist we have on the court . I am old enough to have witnessed on TV back in the day the absolute frog marching of kangaroo court when Justice Thomas was walked through that demorat jim crow ring of fire. And you think the same way still…you jim crow much anon ?.

            1. “men of all races engage in sexual harassment.”

              The problem is with the ambiguity you bring to the table. Harassment is subjective. What is legal and what is not? That is determined by the law.

        2. What did Sukari Hardnett have to offer?

          She wasn’t a victim of sexual harassment, Did she pass the Bar?

  2. I agree with Supreme Dear Divine Lead Kim Jong Un’s sister Kim Yo Jong after NK fired 2 long range ICBMs:

    “We take this opportunity to warn the new U.S. administration trying hard to give off [gun] powder smell in our land,” Kim Yo Jong said in a statement referencing joint U.S. and South Korean military exercises in the region.

    “If it [the U.S.] wants to sleep in peace for the coming four years, it had better refrain from causing a stink at its first step,” she added, according to an English translation.

  3. The 2017 Russia head fake further exposed.

    “CCP Adviser Outlined Detailed Plan to Defeat US, Including Manipulating Elections”

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_app/xi-jinpings-adviser-outlines-plan-for-ccp-to-defeat-us-including-manipulating-elections_3748196.html?v=ul

    “A leading Chinese professor—who is also an adviser to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)—laid out a comprehensive plan for the communist regime to overthrow the United States as the world’s superpower.

    The professor’s multi-pronged strategy involves a range of malign actions to subvert the United States while strengthening the Chinese regime. They include: interfering in U.S. elections, controlling the American market, cultivating global enemies to challenge the United States, stealing American technology, expanding Chinese territory, and influencing international organizations.

    The plan was explained in detail by Jin Canrong, a professor and associate dean of the School of International Studies at Beijing’s Renmin University of China, in a July 2016 speech on “Sino-U.S. Strategic Philosophy” given over two full days at Southern Club Hotel Business Class in south China’s Guangzhou City.”

    1. ” . . .a range of malign actions to subvert the United States . . .”

      In other words, sit back and cheer on Antifa, BLM, our fascist politicians, and anti-American intellectuals and professors.

  4. “Judicial Watch Sues Georgia Secretary of State for Records about Changes to Processing of Absentee Ballots in 2020 Election, and 2021 Trump/Raffensperger Call”

    https://www.judicialwatch.org/press-releases/trump-raffensberger-call/

    “The first lawsuit was filed after Secretary of State Raffensperger failed to respond to a November 17, 2020 request for:

    All records related to the March 6, 2020 Consent Agreement entered into by Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and others relating to the processing of absentee ballots by the Secretary of State in the November 3, 2020 general election, including but not limited to emails regarding the agreement sent to and from Raffensperger, State Election Board Vice Chair Rebecca N. Sullivan, State Election Board Member David J. Worley, State Election Board Member Matthew Mashburn, and/or State Election Board Member Anh Le.

    Judicial Watch second lawsuit is for:

    All emails sent to and from Secretary of State Raffensperger, Deputy Secretary of State Jordan Fuchs and General Counsel Brian Germany regarding the January 2, 2021 telephone call between President Trump, Secretary Raffensperger and others concerning alleged election fraud in Georgia.”

  5. Why can’t they resolve their differences with a “Helena duel?” Everybody wins.

    1. “An Asian attacked by a black in New York didn’t want to report it because her assailant wasn’t white.”

      Where in the article does it say that?

  6. It’s Friday. Yet again POTUS Joe Biden is flying back to Wilmington, as he has done nearly every weekend, when not playing Mario Kart at Camp David with his strange, but oh so close, family. He delegated the border crisis to Kamala. What does old Joe even do?

    Hunter Biden and Melissa Cohen traveling with POTUS to Delaware today.

    Hunter Biden sold American foreign policy to foreign oligarchs and governments while his dad was VP. Now he’s under investigation by the FBI, and yet there he is — on Air Force One with the Big Guy.

    And of course, not one question posed to Joe Biden about Hunter by the corrupt fake news media. Not one.

    It’s nice to be a Democrat.

    1. President Biden’s son Hunter, lied on a form 4473 gun background check form, then that gun was dumped in a trash can across the street from a school, and then Delaware Secret Service agents stepped in to clean up the felonies for him. And not one journalist will even dare ask Joe Biden a question about any of this – even as he threatens to enact his own gun control agenda when “the time is right” – whatever THAT means. But here’s the thing Joe Biden, no one is above the law, not even your crackhead son and the Secret Service agents who tried to clean up his gun felonies. They’ve been cleaning up your family messes for decades. The media keep spinning that Joe Biden is such a “moral and decent man” and this is a big bunch of malarchy.

      READ: The Gun Background Check Form Where Hunter Biden Claimed He Wasn’t Using Drugs

      https://thefederalist.com/2021/03/26/read-the-gun-background-check-form-where-hunter-biden-claimed-he-wasnt-using-drugs/#.YF4Hneii8vM.twitter

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