Most Americans don’t trust the mainstream media, and a recent story emphasized why they shouldn’t.
In a viral video released this week which has received more than 5,000,000 views, ABC News anchor Amy Robach was caught on camera disclosing that her supervisors at ABC News had covered up the Epstein pedophilia story for more than three years.
“I’ve had this interview with Virginia Roberts (Epstein victim). We would not put it on the air. First of all, I was told ‘Who’s Jeffrey Epstein. No one knows who that is. This is a stupid story.’ Then the Palace found that we had her whole allegations about Prince Andrew and threatened us a million different ways. We were so afraid we wouldn’t be able to interview Kate and Will that we quashed the story,” Robach said.
Robach continued, “She (Virginia Roberts) told me everything. She had pictures. She had everything. She was in hiding for 12 years. We convinced her to come out. We convinced her to talk to us. It was unbelievable what we had. (Bill) Clinton, we had everything. I tried for three years to get it on to no avail and now it’s all coming out and it’s like these new revelations, and I had all of it.”
The video concludes with Robach saying, “Brad Edwards, the attorney three years ago saying, ‘there will come a day when we will realize Jeffrey Epstein was the most prolific pedophile this country has ever known,’ and I had it all three years ago.”
ABC News released a statement defending its handling of the story. “At the time, not all of our reporting met our standards to air, but we have never stopped investigating the story. Ever since, we’ve had a team on this investigation and substantial resources dedicated to it,” the statement read.
According to Fox News, that defense doesn’t hold water. In the past, ABC News reported but then retracted the allegation that President Trump ordered Michael Flynn to contact Russia after the 2016 election. ABC News also recently used footage from a Kentucky gun range and claimed it was from Syria. Obviously, these didn’t meet ABC’s so-called “standards.”
If ABC News would run the previous two examples even though they were incorrect, why wouldn’t they air the Epstein story even though it was correct?
There are numerous other examples of mainstream media outlets covering up massive stories.
One of the worst examples in history is The New York Times’ censorship of the Holocaust.
In her book Buried by the Times, professor Laurel Leff writes extensively and conclusively how the Times covered up one of the greatest genocides in history.
According to Leff, The Times’ publisher, Arthur Sulzberger, hid stories about the Holocaust deep within the paper, or ignored it completely. Leff writes, “The Times’ first story on the Nazi extermination campaign, which described it as ‘the greatest mass slaughter in history,’ appeared on page five, tacked onto the bottom of a column of stories. Yet, the deaths of other civilians, often fewer than 100, regularly appeared on the front page.”
Though some may claim the fog of war prevented the Times from understanding the scope of the Nazi atrocities, Professor Deborah Lipstadt writes in her book Beyond Belief, “By 1943 at the latest, the Nazi threat to exterminate the Jews should have been understood as a literal one. There was little reason, in light of the abundance of evidence, to deny that multitudes were being murdered as part of a planned program of annihilation. But despite all the details there was a feeling among some correspondents, New York Times reporter Bill Lawrence most prominent among them, that the reports that Hitler and his followers had conducted a systematic extermination campaign were untrue.”
Unbelievably, the Holocaust isn’t the only genocide that The New York Times has failed to cover sufficiently.
In 1932, Soviet Union dictator Joseph Stalin confiscated the grain of the Ukrainian people leading to the mass starvation of at least 3.3 million Ukrainians. This is known as the Holodomor.
One of the Times’ reporters in Moscow was named Walter Duranty. Despite his knowledge of Stalin’s atrocities against the Ukrainians, Duranty wrote a piece for The New York Times lying that the Ukraine had plenty of food. Though the famine peaked in 1933, on September 17, 1933 Duranty wrote in the Times, “I have just completed a 200-mile auto trip through the heart of the Ukraine and can say positively that the harvest is splendid and all talk of famine now is ridiculous.”
Yet professor Lubomyr Lubiuk has written, “On September 26, 1933 Duranty privately confided to William Strang that as many as 10 million people had died directly or indirectly of famine conditions in the USSR during the past year.”
In other words, Duranty knew the truth that millions of Ukrainians were dying of starvation but informed the American people that all was well in the Ukraine.
What’s even worse is that Duranty received a Pulitzer Prize in 1932 for his reporting on Stalin’s atrocities.
As a final example of media coverups, NBC News sat on an exclusive interview with Bill Clinton rape-accuser Juanita Broaddrick. Aaron Klein writes in Breitbart, “NBC waited 35 days until finally airing the exclusive. The timeline is critical. The Senate voted to acquit Clinton in the impeachment case on Feb. 12. NBC’s interview, conducted January 20, 1999, did not run until Feb. 24, and the network placed it opposite the highly-rated Grammy Awards.”
NBC News failed to inform the American people of the rape accusations against Clinton until after the impeachment trial was over.
With rampant evidence of media coverups, it’s no wonder Americans don’t trust the mainstream media. Trust is always earned, and the media have failed to earn a scintilla of it.
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