A funny thing happened on the way to the election. The Press, the Fourth Estate, the Commentariat, the watchdogs who work to keep government honest, an element of a free society deemed so vital to its continued liberty, decided of its own volition to become a state agency. Or, at least, an agency of the political party it prefers be in power.

The New York Post, the fourth-largest newspaper in the nation, founded two hundred nineteen years ago by none other than Alexander Hamilton, has been locked out of its Twitter account for the past two weeks. Its crime? Having the temerity to publish damaging allegations about Joe Biden. Allegations backed by substance and un-denied by the candidate.

That Twitter has the right to do so is hard to dispute. That Twitter is engaging in biased behavior is also hard to dispute (although many on the Left are desperately pretending otherwise). Twitter, a private company, will have to answer to the marketplace, and about all a libertarian should ask for is that Twitter not be afforded any special protections or preferential treatment by the government.

The failure at hand is that of the other major press organizations, which are ignoring this blatant attempt at scale-tipping by Twitter, after they ignored the Post’s revelations about the Bidens. All because they’ve totally thrown in with the Left. This behavior tells us what to expect from them should Biden win the Presidency: an utter abandonment of the Press’s role in monitoring, investigating, and exposing government and political abuses, misdeeds, crookedness, and criminality.

We are less than a week from Election Day. Many Trump skeptics of a rightward or libertarian bent are looking to reject Trumpism and rebuke the Republican Party by handing the reins of power to the Democrats. Were the Democrats offering a moderate message and sane platform, I might concur. They are not offering either. That the mainstream Press, which has long leaned left but would still serve its role to some degree, has made it abundantly clear that it has become America’s Pravda, providing cover for the Democrats rather than actually covering their actions, is even more reason to reject the Democratic Party this election.

Ask yourself, would you rather have a government that was constantly hounded by the Fourth Estate, or one that is aided and abetted by its purported watchdogs?

Peter Venetoklis

About Peter Venetoklis

I am twice-retired, a former rocket engineer and a former small business owner. At the very least, it makes for interesting party conversation. I'm also a life-long libertarian, I engage in an expanse of entertainments, and I squabble for sport.

Nowadays, I spend a good bit of my time arguing politics and editing this website.

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