We have probably not had an independent press in this country in more than half a century. It is easy to see the main stream media's animus, rancor and antagonism when questioning conservatives. It is equally obvious to see their obsequious fawning when throwing up soft ball inquiries to leftist progressives. Although the vast majority of the media started leaning toward liberal Democrats, they are now the wholly owned subsidiary of the leftist Democratic Party.
The evidence can be seen daily. Watch the network news, MSNBC and CNN. What ever the Democrats talking point word of the day is, you will not only see the Democrat politicians using that word, you will see the news broadcasters on those channels using the same word. They don't even attempt to hide it. It doesn't matter the story, if it is anti-Trump, they all use the same words on the same day. Some news item is a “bombshell” for the President. Trump's action was “treasonous”. There was a “quid pro qua”, (or after the Dems did some polling for a better word, it was “bribery” or “extortion”). Almost every channel's anchors use the exact same word or words. Is it a coincidence or do all those news persons suffer from the same lack of a vocabulary?
If there was an independent press, they would ask pertinent questions to anyone they were interviewing regardless of that person's party or position on the political spectrum. Every single politician who has spent more than six years in office should be asked the most relevant question. It doesn't matter if that elected official is a Republican, Democrat or Independent. The question is: “What was your net worth just prior to your first election and what is your net worth now?”
If there is a large increase after taking office, a follow up question needs to be asked. “How do you explain such an increase in your net worth on the salary of (take your pick: mayor, state legislator, congressman or senator)?” A good reporter will have done his homework and already know the increase in the net worth.
If we had an independent press, they would be asking questions that are appropriate for anyone running for the highest office in the country. For instance, former Vice President Biden has told reporters numerous times that his son, Hunter's position with Burisma Holdings in Ukraine has been investigated and no wrong doing has been found.
A reporter who had an allegiance to the truth, rather than a political party, would ask the question that begs to be asked, “Who or what agency investigated Hunter Biden's high paid position with Burisma and found no wrong doing?” Follow up questions could shed more light on the matter, “Even if it is not technically illegal, Mr. Biden, do you think it was ethical for your son to except a job that pays $83,000 a month while you were Vice President?” “Could anyone without the last name of Biden, have been hired for this board of directors job by Burisma, while you were the Vice President and the point man for the US policy in Ukraine?” Dozen of other questions could and should be asked about Joe and Hunter Biden, China and the financial dealings in that country.
Other Democrat presidential candidates needed to be asked other inquiries. Senator Elizabeth Warren might be asked the following question by a conscientious reporter, “Since you have mislead the public regarding your Native American ancestry and about losing a teaching job because your were 'obviously pregnant', how can the people believe you when you say that your Medicare for everyone plan will not raise the middle class's taxes by 'one penny'?”
Reporters should ask socialist Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders if he is a hypocrite since he has a net worth of between 2 million and 2 ½ million dollars and he has not redistributed a large part of that to his constituents.
Kamala Harris should be asked if she feels the least bit guilty because her political career was initiated and boosted by her long time influential boyfriend, Willie Brown, who had been the mayor of San Francisco and Speaker of the California House.
These and thousands of other important questions will not be asked because the vast majority of those who report in the print and televised press are not at all independent, but are the puppets of the so-called progressive left.