Democratic Party hero and legal scholar Alan Dershowitz, a vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election, is beginning to learn what it feels like when one diverges from the party line. The former Harvard Law School professor is finding it difficult to get his usual bully pulpit from the mainstream media because he doesn’t agree with their prescribed agenda regarding the Trump/Russia witch hunt.
Dershowitz told the Washington Examiner about reaching out to the New York Times last month after reading an op-ed contending that President Trump obstructed justice when he fired FBI Director Comey. The well-known legal scholar wanted to write an op-ed disputing the one that ran:
“I said that I thought the readers of the New York Times were entitled to hear or read the other side of the issue whether there were crimes committed,” said Dershowitz, a professor emeritus of Harvard Law School. “And I really do think The New York Times does not want its readers to hear an alternative point of view on the issue of whether or not Trump administration is committing crimes.”
Dershowitz said he attempted to reach the opinion page editor and deputy editor, but had no success getting the ear of either. He said he wants to “get out in the liberal media,” but that his opinion is “not the narrative they’re pushing.
Dershowitz notes that the New York Times did reference his arguments about Trump and the Russia issue once — but that was in an op-ed that stated dryly, “Mr. Dershowitz is wrong.”
And while the New York Times may be the worst offender, it is not alone. “Dershowitz said he has only been invited on one [broadcast] network, ABC News, to discuss Trump, but said that appearance was canceled.”
Alan Dershowitz’s argument poses a danger to the left-wing media agenda because he has chosen this time to speak not out based on his own political bias but from his knowledge of the Constitution and the law.
At least it’s not all bad. Dershowitz has discovered a marketplace for his opinions in conservative-oriented media. He’s appeared of Fox News presenting his case more than once (most recently on Judge Jeanine’s program to declare that Trump, Jr. did nothing illegal). And hr has even published an op-ed on the Fox News website. Breitbart, TheBlaze, NewsMax and The Washington Times, all right-leaning sites, have either covered a Dershowitz interview or interviewed him themselves.
It seems that Alan Dershowitz has run into the liberal mainstream media brick wall. Perhaps now that he realizes that liberal media bias exists, he will talk about it more often.
Cross-posted at The Lid