February 5, 2022 --
This authoritarian Biden rule was made evident in the course of the February 3 briefing at the State Department
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When department propagandist Ned Price refused to provide AP reporter Matt Lee evidence for Price's assertion that Russia was readying a "false flag" operation to provoke hostilities in Ukraine. Price brushed off Lee by suggesting that he will believe Russia over administration and allied statements. Lee did not back down, pointing out that past administration statements ,on Iraq possessing weapons of mass destruction, and on rosy prospects for withdrawing from Afghanistan, turned out to be false. The Daily Caller's account of this indication of Big Brotherism in the Biden administration noted that Lee continued to press Price for details -- and Price just ignored his good journalistic efforts to pin Price down.
Unfortunately, reporter Matthew Lee is an exception these days of a dishonest, controlled media. What the February 3 incident at the State Department briefing room makes clear is that where, six years ago, the left only accused, falsely and maliciously, Donald Trump of being a Putin asset, under Biden, anyone who refuses to accept administration declarations at face value will be accused of being a Putin asset. In the 1950's this approach was called McCarthyism.
Two simple questions come to mind to indicate how repressive the media atmosphere is with Biden in the White House. First, is it Russia that has been expanding into western Europe the past three decades -- or has it been NATO that has moved into eastern Europe? Second, hasn't the Biden family made big bucks by meddling in Ukraine's internal affairs?
There can be no doubt as to the answers to these questions, can there?
But where are media reporters as courageous as AP's Matt Lee to ask these two simple questions? They will not be found, however, at media outlets strictly observing Biden's Transcendent First (and Only) Rule: Trust me, just don't ask for verification.
This Biden rule, operative in controlled countries, not free democracies, serves to keep the American people in the dark -- and as The Washington Post's new slogan declares: "Democracy dies in darkness" -- thereby stifling the open debate that separates a free country from a totalitarian state.
Alas, there are no indications that congressional Republicans will demand evidence to support administration propaganda. Also, news on February included reports that Biden is deploying 3,000 U.S. troops -- to escalate tensions with Russia, no doubt, and one hears, as yet, only silence from Congress.
One further question comes to mind: where an authoritarian regime can get away with accusing, without evidence, another government of provoking an international incident, isn't war more likely to be the result, war resulting from the actions of the accusing government?