Nearly three weeks after the scandal came to light, the New York Times has refused to report on ties between failed presidential nominee candidate Rep. Eric Swalwell and suspected Chinese Communist regime spy Christine Fang.
On December 8, Axios reported that Swalwell had been one of several American politicians to whom Fang developed extensive ties as part of a spying operation in the U.S. between 2011 and 2015. She was even a campaign bundler for Swalwell and placed at least one intern in his congressional offices. The FBI was reportedly so concerned about Fang — who had engaged in romantic relationships with at least two midwestern mayors — that they briefed Swalwell about her in 2015.
Swalwell, who sits on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, has refused to answer questions about their relationship and whether it was romantic. Instead, he has attempted to blame the scandal on retaliation for criticizing the Trump administration.
The New York Times, a leftist propaganda outlet that would be all over this story if a Republican Congressman were as deeply involved as Swalwell, has not once reported on the issue.
On Fox News Channel’s Ingraham Angle on December 8, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy asked, “Did Nancy Pelosi know this had transpired when she put him on the committee? We have our Sen., Dianne Feinstein, for two decades, the personal assistant, that hear all the private phone calls in the car and others, a Chinese spy. Why did the Democrats pull out of the bipartisan China task force I had set up? Why have they denied certain bills that would hold China accountable, that have passed the Senate, not come to the floor? Why do they focus on Silicon Valley members of Congress? Why is he still on the intel Committee? Why is he still a member of Congress? Did Adam Schiff know, as chairman of that committee, that he had this problem?”
The New York Times apparently isn’t interested in raising those questions.
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NYT Editor Bari Weiss Resigns & Condemns The Times for Its Intellectual and Ideological Smallness
In July 2020, Times editor Bari Weiss resigned from her position at the paper and posted a resignation letter to Times publisher A. G. Sulzberger on her own website. Her letter about the breathtakingly irresponsible and dishonest direction that the Times‘s reporting had taken in recent years, created a firestorm in the media. Below are excerpts from the letter:
It is with sadness that I write to tell you that I am resigning from The New York Times…
[A] new consensus has emerged in the press, but perhaps especially at this paper: that truth isn’t a process of collective discovery, but an orthodoxy already known to an enlightened few whose job is to inform everyone else…
[T]he truth is that intellectual curiosity—let alone risk-taking—is now a liability at The Times. Why edit something challenging to our readers, or write something bold only to go through the numbing process of making it ideologically kosher, when we can assure ourselves of job security (and clicks) by publishing our 4000th op-ed arguing that Donald Trump is a unique danger to the country and the world? And so self-censorship has become the norm.What rules that remain at The Times are applied with extreme selectivity. If a person’s ideology is in keeping with the new orthodoxy, they and their work remain unscrutinized. Everyone else lives in fear of the digital thunderdome. Online venom is excused so long as it is directed at the proper targets.
Op-eds that would have easily been published just two years ago would now get an editor or a writer in serious trouble, if not fired. If a piece is perceived as likely to inspire backlash internally or on social media, the editor or writer avoids pitching it. If she feels strongly enough to suggest it, she is quickly steered to safer ground. And if, every now and then, she succeeds in getting a piece published that does not explicitly promote progressive causes, it happens only after every line is carefully massaged, negotiated and caveated….
The paper of record is, more and more, the record of those living in a distant galaxy, one whose concerns are profoundly removed from the lives of most people. This is a galaxy in which, to choose just a few recent examples, the Soviet space program is lauded for its “diversity”; the doxxing of teenagers in the name of justice is condoned; and the worst caste systems in human history includes the United States alongside Nazi Germany.
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