Riley Rogerson, who left her reporting job for the Anchorage Daily News last month to join the leftist Daily Beast, has finally showed her true colors, and they are Democrat blue. Rogerson now covers Congress at the Daily Beast, something she did for the ADN, paid for by the left-leaning Report for America nonprofit. Report for America is a project of Google News Lab and The GroundTruth Project, both organizations known for leftist bias.
In a story for the Beast on Nov. 3, Rogerson accused House Speaker Mike Johnson of politicizing the conflict between Israel and Hamas.
“Speaker Mike Johnson’s First Act: Turning Israel Aid Into a Partisan Fight,” Rogerson’s headline reads, and the story is no less biased.
Mainstream media organizations like the Anchorage Daily News purport to maintain neutrality, but it’s common knowledge that leftist control the press in America, even in an era that has seen the rapid rise of conservative media such as Must Read Alaska.
“As Democrats struggle to find their message on the conflict in the Gaza Strip, Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) had the opportunity to kick off his unlikely reign atop the House GOP by uniting Republicans and putting Democrats in a tough spot on aid to Israel,” Rogerson wrote.
“Instead, Johnson took the opportunity to do something else: spark a partisan fight that is deepening divisions in the Capitol and all but ensuring aid for Israel will be delayed,” she wrote. That is one way of putting it.
Rogerson was placing blame on Republicans for shifting money from the Internal Revenue Service, which received $14.1 billion from appropriations, $1.8 billion — a full 15% — above the 2023 enacted budget.
“A bill providing $14.3 billion in aid for Israel—’paid for’ with matching cuts to the Internal Revenue Service—narrowly passed on the House floor Tuesday evening, 226 to 196, with 12 Democrats supporting the measure and two Republicans opposed,” she wrote.
In fact, all but 12 Democrats voted against aid to Israel, which has just experienced its 9-11 moment, with an October 7 Hamas’s attack that killed nearly 1,400 and inured another 3,300.
President Joe Biden has said he would veto the plan if it got past the Senate, which it will not likely do, since the Senate is controlled by Democrats.
“In short, while the new speaker may have won a temporary win with a round of headlines about the House GOP passing Israel aid over Democratic objections, Congress is no closer to actually finding a resolution to the standoff,” Rogerson wrote. In other words, it’s not even worth trying to reduce spending in another area to send aid to another country.
The story is behind a paywall at the Daily Beast, for paying subscribers only.
A poll earlier this year shows that half of Americans believe national news organizations intentionally mislead, misinform, or try to persuade the public to adopt a particular point of view through their reporting.
The survey, by Gallup and the Knight Foundation, shows that people don’t just lack trust in media, they think the media is actually and actively trying to deceive them.
When asked if they agreed with the statement that national news organizations do not intend to mislead, 50% said they disagreed. Only 25% agreed with the idea that mainstream news organizations don’t mislead on purpose.