Given the legacy media's alignment with Joe Biden's agenda, its willingness to push to the American public his messaging, its actual financial support for his campaigning and more, it's not a surprise that Biden now feels comfortable giving out orders about reporting.
But even so, the White House decision to send a letter to media leaders "demanding they probe the 'lies' of the House GOP's impeachment inquiry," has draw a negative reaction.
Such as, "This is outrageous."
The report of a letter being sent to prominent media outlets like the Associated Press and CNN, among others, came out within hours of House Speaker Kevin McCarthy's announcement that the House would begin an inquiry into whether Biden must be impeached for crimes he committed.
That investigation already has produced reams of evidence in the House, including that "President Biden lied to the American people about knowledge of his family's foreign business dealings," the $20 million in payments "directed to Biden family members," that the family has generated more than 150 "suspicious activity" reports from banks, the FBI document alleging a $10 million bribe to the Bidens, and the entire Burisma scandal, where Joe Biden, as vice president, ordered the Ukrainian government to fire a prosecutor looking into corruption at a company that was paying Hunter Biden millions of dollars.
Former reporter Ashley Hinson wrote, "Has the White House Gotten so bold that they are brazenly telling the media to predetermine their coverage? As a former reporter, this is outrageous."
Hinson, a Republican member of Congress from Iowa, suggested that "the media should report the facts without bias."
America's legacy media, however, has a lengthy history of promoting, or protecting, Joe Biden. In fact, during the 2020 election, the accurate reporting by one publication on the scandals detailed in a laptop computer abandoned by Hunter Biden was repeatedly suppressed by other media outlets, who described it as Russian disinformation.
In fact, the reporting on the scandals was accurate, and has since been documented, and a poll shows that suppression, which was encouraged by the FBI, probably cost President Trump the 2020 victory.
Now it is Fox News that is detailing the reaction to word of the White House demands of media outlets that were included in a letter from Ian Sams, a spokesman for the White House Counsel’s office.
He told media members to "ramp up [their] scrutiny" of House Republicans.
The irony was that during President Trump's term in office, Democrats repeatedly made up stories about him in order to bring failed impeach-and-remove campaigns against him.
Those involved in inquiry into alleged Biden family corruption in Ukraine, and claims about the January 6 protests-turned-riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Fox reported, "Jonathan Turley, a FOX News legal analyst and George Washington University law professor, wrote that the Biden White House's letter had an 'uncomfortable feeling of marching orders to the media.'"
He said, "It is a call for media to tailor the coverage to push the position of the White House against this effort to ramp up the investigation into corruption. It is an approach that is already embraced by many in the media."
He added, "The White House is now calling for the media to again form the wagons around the President and attack the impeachment effort as it did the laptop and the corruption investigation."
North Carolina Rep. Greg Murphy noted, "If this doesn’t demonstrate the contempt the White House and Democrats have for transparency and an honest press, I don’t know what does."
Indiana Rep. Rudy Yakym said the White House's move was "brazen." Other comments "not okay" and "communist bs."
Several comments on social media described the White House instructions to the media on what and how to report as "marching orders."
The letter from Sams charged, "It's time for the media to ramp up its scrutiny of House Republicans for opening an impeachment inquiry based on lies."