In a blatant attempt to corrupt the First Amendment to the US Constitution, the Baltimore State’s Attorney Office of Marilyn Mosby filed a complaint to federal regulators last week asking the federal government to interfere in news coverage that isn’t favorable to Marilyn Mosby. No, this is not the Babylon Bee.
In a letter sent to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Mosby’s office accused the Baltimore Fox-affiliate WBFF-TV of committing “heinous acts and deliberately dangerous activities” by publishing negative stories about Mosby.
This is like something from outer space, isn’t it? I hear a rumor Mosby asked the FBI to wrestle her paperboy to the ground if he keeps coming by her home.
Webster’s dictionary defines a heinous act as wicked or evil, a brutal murder comes to mind. Forcible rape, sexual molestation, aggravated or felonious assault, robbery, first-degree arson with serious injury or death resulting could be described as heinous, but not when your feel-feels are hurt.
If feeling like you have been wronged by negative news coverage constitutes a heinous act, then everyone at CNN should be hung by the rafters.
Mosby’s communications director Zy Richardson referred to the coverage as “extremely dangerous.”
“In my capacity at the States Attorney’s Office, I have noted that the news coverage of the WBFF persistently follows a disconcerting and dangerous pattern: beginning with a slanted, rigged, misleading, or inflammatory headline; followed by a conspiracy theory; and supported with guest commentary from disgruntled ex-employees or political opponents that lend false credibility to their biased coverage or omission of facts.
Most disturbingly, there appears to be an intentional crusade against State’s Attorney Mosby, which given today’s politically charged and divisive environment, is extremely dangerous.”
This is the same prosecutor who created an anti-drug operation on the streets of Baltimore, and when suspect Freddie Gray died after being arrested for doing a drug deal right in front of police officers when there was no police brutality noted to be the cause of his death, Mosby threw the officers involved in the arrest and transport of Gray under the bus. She did it to try to quell the riot that ensued.
Mosby was later sued by the officers involved in the Gray arrest, claiming she made the statement of charges knowing they were false.
“These among other statements were made not for the purpose of prosecuting crimes that had allegedly been committed by White and Porter, but rather for purposes of quelling the riots in Baltimore,” the suit alleged.
Democrat gaslighting is out of control. What Richardson just described is standard news methodology for about 99% of all TV news outlets. What she calls a “slanted, rigged, misleading, or inflammatory headline” is subjective to the target of the story. In other words, where was Ms. Richardson the last four years when CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, The Washington Post, and every other news outlet in the world trashed Donald Trump 87 million times a day?
Did Mosby ever hear of Donald Trump? As president, he woke up every day to a gazillion negative news reports about him. And unlike Mosby, Trump actually did many things that made people’s lives better, including people of color who live in Baltimore.
In the letter, Richardson also whines that WBFF reports on Mosby more than other local Baltimore news stations, and then took shots at Fox News and Tucker Carlson. “IT’S NOT FAIR!”
“In the public sphere, Fox News is infamous for its bias against people of color, and even more against those who could be deemed ‘progressive’ people of color. Currently, the Fox national news network airs a nightly show with Tucker Carlson, despite recent calls by civil rights groups to terminate his employment because of Carlson’s frequent endorsements of white supremacy views,” the letter states.
There you go. Richardson played the race card. If people of color are in high-ranking positions in the Baltimore government, should Fox News ignore any stories they come across simply because of their race? That’s absurd.
The letter cites six stories as evidence of “distorted coverage.” The stories report on Mosby’s policies, crime, and “dark money.” It sounds to me Mosby doesn’t like being called on the carpet, and so her office is employing the Woke Supremacy method of claiming Fox is racist.
Richardson claimed the WBFF’s overall news coverage is a “megaphone that amplifies, encourages, and provides fodder for racists,” and claimed Mosby’s office respects the First Amendment but said that WBFF’s stories have a “stench of racism.”
So news coverage that is negative about the State’s Attorney’s Office is now racist simply because it’s negative news coverage of the office that is run by a black woman. How far we have devolved.
“We welcome being held accountable, and we support First Amendment freedom of speech. However, what we find troubling, abhorrent, and outright dangerous, is that the distinctly relentless slanted broadcast news campaign, against the Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office and its lead prosecutor, has the stench of racism,” the letter states.
Richardson concluded the letter by claiming if WBFF is “not curtailed and ceased,” then “someone is going to get hurt.” Was that a threat?
“I implore and encourage you, Madame Chairwoman and Commissioners, to enlist the full investigative and enforcement powers granted to you by the Federal government to take action against the WBFF as soon as possible,” Richardson wrote.
Vice President and General Manager of WBFF Billy Robbins said the Fox station stands by its coverage.
“WBFF is committed to journalism in the public interest with its award-winning investigative unit being a key part of delivering on that commitment,” Robbins said. “While we understand that it’s not popular with the individuals and institutions upon which we are shining a light, we stand by our reporting.”
Richard Vatz told WBFF the letter “is one of the clearest, most despicable examples of intimidation.” He should know because he taught media criticism at Towson University.
“It’s clearly an abuse of power,” Vatz added.
A similar denouncement of the intimidating letter came from the Media Institute, which is a nonpartisan First Amendment advocacy group.
“This matter is especially egregious because the television station holds a broadcast license issued by the FCC. It is obvious that freedom of the press would cease to be a reality for local broadcasters if every government official who received coverage perceived as unfavorable exerted a chilling effect on local TV news coverage by calling for an FCC investigation that could (if even remotely) imperil a station’s broadcast license,” the group said in a statement.