As one of the most polarising elections draws near, several media as well as scientific journals have endorsed Biden and opposed Trump. The phenomenon has ignited the age old debate: if and when should media be non-partisan?
Crux of the Matter
Rolling Stone Magazine
Rolling Stones magazine recently announced its official endorsement of Democrat candidate Joe Biden. Previously, the magazine had endorsed Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Elections. The magazine wrote “we’ve lived for the past four years under a man categorically unfit to be president” for Donald Trump.
Rolling Stone magazine also wrote that “four years of Trump have left 215,000 of us and counting dead from a serious but preventable public-health crisis, and the public’s faith in its elected representatives at an all-time low”. They backed Biden by saying that his “platform offers progressive solutions to every major problem facing the country”.
USA Today, reportedly the “highest-circulation newspaper” of the US, endorsed a candidate for the first time. It has claimed that “Biden is well-positioned to repair the wreckage Trump has made of the federal government”.
USA Today cited a Washington Post report, which claims that Trump made 20,000 false/misleading claims within 1,267 days of service. On average, that comes down to 15.8 false/misleading claims per day.
In an unprecedented move, several scientific journals have openly endorsed Biden or opposed Trump. The move came amidst Trump claiming “people are tired of hearing Fauci (top US epidemiologist) and all these idiots”.
- The Lancet Oncology wrote, “Trump has repeatedly politicised, undermined, and slashed funding to US federal scientific and health agencies” – and officially endorsed Biden.
- Scientific American wrote, “Trump has badly damaged the U.S. and its people—because he rejects evidence and science”. Endorsed Biden – its first endorsement in 175 years.
Republicans Against Trump
Republican Voters Against Trump, The Lincoln Project, and several other groups comprising of former Republicans have been formed. These groups have urged people to vote against Trump (Republican candidate).
- Michael Steele, the first African American chairman of the Republican National Committee, has openly backed Biden against Trump.
- Ron Reagan, son of former President Ronald Reagan (Republican), recently claimed that his father would have been “horrified” of Trump administration.
- NY Times reported in June 2020 that former President George W Bush (Republican) would vote for Biden instead of Trump.
Twitter And Hunter
Twitter and Facebook recently restricted a story regarding Joe Biden’s son Hunter, with Twitter banning the sharing of the link. The story, coming from New York Post, has claimed that Hunter arranged a meeting between “a Ukrainian energy firm and his father” when his father was the vice president.
The story has been labelled “false” by several fact-checks. However, Twitter later reversed the ban.
Question For Readers
Overall, two camps exist regarding non-partisanship in media:
- Media should always be non-partisan.
- Non-partisanship can be abandoned in times of emergency.
Here are 2 questions for the readers:
- Should media always be non-partisan?
- Is the current situation fit to be called ‘Emergency’ where non-partisanship can be abandoned?
Send us your views on firstname.lastname@example.org.
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- The Wire Science – Unprecedented: Multiple Scientific Journals, Magazines Oppose Trump Reelection
- USA Today – Elect Joe Biden. Reject Donald Trump.
- Rolling Stone – Joe Biden for President
- The Washington Post – President Trump has made more than 20,000 false or misleading claims
- FactCheck.org – Trump Revives False Narrative on Biden and Ukraine
- Firstpost – Donald Trump calls Dr Anthony Fauci a ‘disaster’ and shrugs off COVID-19 even as infections soar
- Daily Mail – Ronald Reagan’s son says his father would be ‘horrified’ by the Trump administration and blasts the president’s children as ‘grifters who are profiting off his presidency’