The word "token," or the suggestion that a black politician is being used by his or her party is notably absent from countless stories from NBC and other left-leaning media outlets covering Vice President Biden's search for a running mate.
NBC News is not even trying anymore. At some point, they just gave up on any attempt at objectivity in their political coverage. On TV, on their website and on Twitter, NBC shamelessly shills for the left and bashes the right. They have staked their agenda and are using the power of the peacock to push that agenda on their viewers, readers and followers.
On Thursday, NBC News anchor Craig Melvin asked Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) for his response to “some” saying that Scott – the only black GOP senator – is a “token.”
“Senator, you have faced a fair amount of criticism, especially over the last few days, because you are the only black Republican senator,” Melvin remarked, after Scott was tapped to head the GOP’s efforts on police reform. Melvin continued, “Some have said that your party is using you. They’ve even thrown around the word ‘token,’ as well. Your response to that criticism?”
The “some” that Melvin refers to are apparently nameless Twitter hacks who taunted Scott for his efforts in taking the lead on an issue most of America feels is a priority. As the Washington Examiner points out, the coded use of the word “some” is often a reporter’s way of pushing his or her own narrative without actually owning up to it.
The word “token,” or the suggestion that a black politician is being used by his or her party is notably absent from countless stories from NBC and other left-leaning media outlets covering Vice President Biden’s search for a running mate. Biden has openly stated he will select a woman – not that he will be sure to consider qualified women in his quest for the absolute best potential VP – but that he will make gender the first requirement on his list. And though Biden hasn’t committed to it, there is mounting pressure from his party, the media and some potential candidates for him to select a black woman. So, gender and race are fine for the Democrats to use as pre-requisites for the second highest office in the land, but a black Republican senator pushing police reform is discarded as a token?
But wait. There’s more.
On Sunday, within an hour, NBC News tweeted two diametrically opposed stories about crowds of people in the lingering coronavirus pandemic. The first practically celebrated the huge crowd that gathered in Brooklyn to rally for black transgender lives. The second sounded an ominous tone about President Trump’s upcoming rally in Tulsa. See for yourself.
As of the writing of this story, those two articles appear within inches of each other on the NBC News website. The first piece gleefully describes how “protesters packed the courtyard of the Brooklyn Museum and surrounding parkway….in support of….two deeply marginalized groups.” In 21 paragraphs, there is no mention of any concerns for the safety of these marginalized people and their sympathizers standing shoulder to shoulder.
The second article, titled “‘Extraordinarily Dangerous’: Trump Rally Draws Grave Concerns From Top Health Officials,” devotes each of its 32 paragraphs to decrying the dangers of such a gathering. The writer does point out, rightly, that the Trump rally will be indoors, which is different from the many protests that have taken place across the nation in recent weeks. In fact, there’s nothing inherently incorrect in this story, written by an AP reporter. But when compared with the coverage of the Brooklyn rally and all the other protests, marches and riots that placed maskless people in close proximity with each other and police, it presents a glaring double standard. That is amplified when the two different takes are tweeted and published in sequence.
About a month ago, I wrote another piece on NBC’s journalistic malpractice, titled, “NBC’s Weekend of Creative Journalism.” That story described Chuck Todd’s edited clip of Attorney General Bill Barr’s comments about Michael Flynn, and NBC’s low-brow apology for the “error.” It also covered Joe Scarborough’s wrong tweet about Vice President Pence carrying boxes of protective gear into a hospital.
Remember the days when NBC was a trusted news source, that maybe leaned leftward but still made an effort to be objective and fair? It’s been a while. David Brinkley, Tim Russert, even Tom Brokaw generally tried to present the news and to have honest discussion. Today, with personalities like the amateurish Todd and Brian Williams, who admitted lying about his coverage of the Iraq War and Hurricane Katrina – not to mention fired journalists Matt Lauer and Chris Matthews – the peacock network is anything but proud. They have in fact become the cliché that I almost made it through this entire story without using – fake news.