Selwyn Duke
Shameful moderator bias at the vice presidential debate
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By Selwyn Duke
October 8, 2020

One tragedy of this election season, as with all modern election seasons, is that the Democrats’ radicalism is being hidden from the American people by a complicit establishment media. It would have been nice, then, if Wednesday’s vice presidential debate could have been a teaching moment where light was shined on Kamala Harris’s and Joe Biden’s toxic positions. Unfortunately, moderator Susan Page’s bias made this impossible.

Page, USA Today’s Washington Bureau chief, made sure to inquire about how Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation to the Supreme Court would affect abortion, exhibiting the typical leftist obsession with prenatal infanticide. She asked Vice President Mike Pence how he thought his state of Indiana should legislate on the matter were Roe v. Wade struck down (I didn’t know he was again running for the Hoosier State’s governorship).

This might be a fair question — that is, if Harris had been asked about her and Biden’s radical pro-prenatal infanticide positions. Harris supports “‘abortion on demand at any time, anywhere, and under any circumstances,’” LifeNews.com quotes president of National Right to Life Carol Tobias as relating. And both she and Biden advocate taxpayer funding of prenatal infanticide.

The point is that Pence’s and President Trump’s abortion policies align far more closely with the electorate’s wishes than does the Democrat ticket’s radicalism. But the American people couldn’t learn this truth on Wednesday — thanks, largely, to Susan Page.

That’s just the iceberg’s tip, too. This is by far the most radical Democrat presidential ticket — representing well its extremist party — to ever seek the White House. With that in mind, here are pressing matters a smart, diligent, responsible moderator would have inquired about at the debate:

  • Both Biden and Harris have said they’d give free health care to illegal aliens. This is an un-American position wholly at odds with public opinion. Yet while Page addressed health care, quizzing Pence on the administration’s opposition to ObamaCare, she asked nothing about the Democrats’ prioritization of illegals.

  • In June, Harris supported legislation that “would halt deportations and federal immigration enforcement in this country indefinitely,” as Fox News’ Tucker Carlson reported Wednesday evening. This would mean that more violent, dangerous illegals guilty of crimes such as child molestation, weapons offenses, assault, and murder — and such miscreants are well represented among illegals — would be roaming among us. And the Democrats’ stated justification for this policy is as twisted as the policy itself: They don’t want illegals’ native lands to have to endure a greater Wuhan virus caseload (but it’s okay if we do, presumably). America last?

  • Harris co-sponsored, and Biden has promised to sign into law, the misnamed “Equality Act,” which would compel schools to allow boys to compete in girls’ sports. This is unsurprising, as the Left has been all in on the so-called “transgender” agenda, calling it bigotry to deny men access to women’s bathrooms. Why, Harris even sent a message to Sexual Devolution activists in the debate, using the phrase “every gender” in a response. (How many are there? Answer: two sexes.) This agenda’s radical demands are extremely unpopular with Americans. Yet Harris wasn’t asked about it — thanks to Susan Page.

  • Last April, Harris threatened to bypass Congress and infringe on gun rights via executive action. She said last September that she supported a “mandatory buyback” (read: confiscation) of certain semi-automatic rifles. Again, where was the debate question about these unpopular proposals?

  • Harris promoted a bail fund that effected the release of men charged with heinous crimes, such as child molestation and vicious assaults on women.

  • Neither Biden nor Harris has ever condemned terroristic Black Lives Matter or Antifa. In fact, the domain Antifa.com still curiously redirects to the Biden/Harris campaign page (as of this writing). Doesn’t this warrant a question, Susan Page?

Additionally, Harris “thinks Catholics are not fit to serve on the Supreme Court, has tried to criminalize climate-change denial and the manufacture of guns…and, as California’s attorney general, wielded power like a callous autocrat,” asserts the New York Post.

Of course, asking about such things would make the Democrats look bad — but only because that badness is a reality. There also is no corresponding radicalism on the other side; Trump’s and Pence’s policies very much align with the people’s will, and more closely with Truth, while Biden’s and Harris’s policies are generally antithetical to both.

It would be nice if the American people could learn this, which brings me to maddening Republican stupidity: Why does the GOP continually agree to have leftist debate moderators? In the least, there should be two moderators, one Republican and one Democrat, with each choosing 50 percent of the questions.

As for Page, people can argue about the degree to which her bias is conscious (she is, after all, operating above her pay grade, lacking the necessary self-knowledge and wisdom to do her job). Regardless, the result is the same: Biden and Harris are allowed to retain their masks and hide their true faces from Americans.

Speaking of which brings to mind Duke’s First Rule of Politics:

    Under representative government, people do not get what they want. They get what they vote for.

And Susan Page and most mainstream media, being on the Democrats’ page, are intent on making this a sure thing.

© Selwyn Duke

 

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Selwyn Duke (@SelwynDuke) has written for The Hill, Observer, The American Conservative, WorldNetDaily and American Thinker. He has also contributed to college textbooks published by Gale – Cengage Learning, has appeared on television and is a frequent guest on radio. His website is www.SelwynDuke.com.

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