The Star Tribune & Jason Lewis: Where Allegations Become Fact

The Star Tribune is this week’s media bias contest winner. It’s been on some on something of a roll lately and we doubt that there’s any change coming in the future. In one sense, that newspaper has become synonymous with bias itself.

This week it ran a story with the headline “U.S. Rep. Jason Lewis made disparaging comments about women on radio show.” Actually, that was the allegation of a far Left CNN reporter who was given old, out of context radio clips by a local detractor of his. This is the same line of attack made when Lewis first ran in 2016, when he defeated Angie Craig despite being outspent by four or five to one.

The Star Tribune is quick to recycle that allegation because it is desperate for Lewis to lose this time around. The reporter, Patrick Coolican, is the same unbiased reporter who asked Jeff Johnson at his press conference calling for a moratorium on the disastrous refugee resettlement program whether he’d cleared his idea with his pastor. I pay attention to these things so that you don’t have to. Imagine Coolican asking Ilhan Omar or Keith Ellison whether they had asked their local radical imam whether he had signed off on their latest insane idea. Correct: it would never happen.

That said, Coolican did provide, early in the admittedly short story, a response from Lewis’s campaign manager Becky Alery: “This has all been litigated before, and as Rep. Lewis has said time and time again, it was his job to be provocative while on the radio.”

The Regressive Left media, the tail that wags the Democrat dog, still seems to believe that it can shape election outcomes in favor of its preferred party. This after the “Access Hollywood” tapes failed to destroy Trump in the general election. They never seem to learn, do they?

Readers should know that reporters almost always never write the headlines they see. This is the job of someone else (except here at Alpha News, where I write my own headlines because I believe they’re integral to what is written below them). Thus there’s a twofold aspect to media bias: the attention grabbing headline and the actual story it adorns. Either or both can be a source of bias, something of which there is no shortage in the Age of Trump.

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John Gilmore

John Gilmore is an author, freelance writer & former opinion columnist for Alpha News. He blogs at & is @Shabbosgoy on Twitter