I recently wrote how the Washington Post issued an announcement that declared that the newspaper was “standing by” columnist Philip Bump on his confirmed false claims on topics starting from Lafayette Park to Russian collusion. Bump’s prior claims haven’t solely been conclusively proven to be false however different main media shops have now rejected these claims. However, the Post claimed this week that they’re in reality true in response to one in all my earlier columns.
Dworman, a Democrat, had requested Bump to clarify a few of his claims and Bump supplied one of the crucial vivid examples of the brand new media and it’s chilling.
After declaring that “I’m gonna lose my mind,” he stormed out of the interview after refusing to deal with the contradictions and doubtful claims in his prior columns.
Dworman’s podcast interview stands as one of the crucial revealing and vivid examples of how the media has modified within the age of rage. Bump strikes shortly from the conversational to crazed when merely requested concerning the foundation for his claims within the Washington Post.
Dworman was asking concerning the mounting proof and contradictions within the Biden corruption scandal. Some of us have stated that there’s proof of apparent corruption and affect peddling, however extra investigation is required to determine any foundation for impeachment or prison fees involving President Biden. Bump, nonetheless, can have none of it. The Post author (who demanded investigations of a big selection of Republicans on false tales with little proof) is vehement that there’s nothing to see right here . . . and the general public simply has to take his phrase for it.
Dworman stays well mannered and pushes Bump to easily interact him in explaining a number of the countervailing proof.
Bump responds “I just I’m gonna lose my mind. I’m gonna lose my mind.”
As the interview shuts down, Dworman asks “is there nothing we can talk about … half the country believes this stuff.”
Bump: “I know, because half the country doesn’t actually dig into the issues.”
Dworman: “Here’s your chance to disabuse people. They don’t read the Washington Post.”
Bump can have nothing of it as Dworman continues to attempt to get him to clarify his controversial writings: “There’s just no point, because all you want to do is you want to have me here as the putative expert so that you can present me with things that have been debunked multiple times that I’ve written about.”
Dworman: “What’s been debunked?”
Bump: “These, these claims. I’ve written about this, this argument about his dad calling him. I’ve written about this. Did you read what I wrote?”
Dworman: “It’s not debunked. Neither of us were there.”
Bump: “Well, I debunked it in the standpoint that I’ve already addressed this and presented the counterarguments to it.”
Of course, Bump has been repeatedly proven to have pushed false claims after which refused to confess to his errors. Moreover, he has repeatedly been criticized for not truthfully presenting the counterarguments.
Dworman makes one other valiant effort: “I have two issues here. One is Joe Biden’s behavior and one is the issue of the press. The press actually bothers me more than Joe Biden.”
Bump, nonetheless, has all however left the constructing: “Because you don’t listen to the press. I’m sitting here and I’m telling you, you’re wrong about these things, and you don’t listen, and you continue to insist upon things that are, you know, parsing of language. And it’s just, it’s this is why I keep saying it’s silly.” He then says that he’s leaving.
Dworman responded “Well, it’s a shame because this is a good conversation.”
Bump: “It’s not a good conversation, because you refuse to listen to what I’m saying to you. You asked me on to present evidence. I keep telling you.”
However, what he “keeps telling” Dworman and the general public is to only settle for his conclusions and never query his help and evaluation.
Bump then walks out with an announcement that captures completely the brand new media. He first assaults unbiased journalist Matt Taibbi and says that he has “an agenda.”
Dworman delivers a haymaker in response and states “You have no agenda.”
That is when Bump delivers his exit line that foreshadowed the Post statement on my column:
“I do have an agenda … My agenda is to do my best to try and present accurate information to the public. And I have an institution behind me to hold me to account when I don’t do that, which I think is an important consideration.”
Indeed, the Post would then stand solely behind Bump and declare that all of his false statements had been true. Even when different media have acknowledged that these claims had been false, the Post insists that they continue to be true. Thus, the Post is now saying that the next are true regardless of findings by inspector generals and particular counsels on the contrary: (1) Bill Barr did order the clearing of Lafayette Park for the Trump picture op, (2) Barr additionally lied when he denied using tear gasoline by federal personnel in Lafayette Park, (3) there was by no means any spying on the Trump marketing campaign by the FBI, (4) Hunter Biden’s laptop computer was seeded with Russian disinformation, and (5) the Clinton marketing campaign was not behind false Russian collusion claims. It is all now deemed true by the Post. It seems that, if “Democracy dies in darkness,” journalism extra usually dies within the gentle of day.
After all, the issue just isn’t that they’re false however that individuals simply “don’t listen to the press. I’m sitting here and I’m telling you, you’re wrong about these things, and you don’t listen.”