It really is irresponsible.
Courtesy of The Daily Beast:
Joe Biden’s presidential campaign made an extraordinary request to executives of top news channels on Sunday, asking them to no longer book Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, on their programs.
In a letter addressed to the heads of the major news and cable networks, as well as top news anchors, two top Biden campaign advisers make the case that by peddling routine falsehoods about the work of Biden and his son Hunter in Ukraine, Giuliani’s presence on the airwaves is editorially untenable.
“We are writing today with grave concern that you continue to book Rudy Giuliani on your air to spread false, debunked conspiracy theories on behalf of Donald Trump. While you often fact check his statements in real time during your discussions, that is no longer enough. By giving him your air time, you are allowing him to introduce increasingly unhinged, unfounded and desperate lies into the national conversation,” the letter from top aides Anita Dunn and Kate Bedingfield reads.
“We write to demand that in service to the facts, you no longer book Rudy Giuliani, a surrogate for Donald Trump who has demonstrated that he will knowingly and willingly lie in order to advance his own narrative,” the letter continues.
The Biden campaign letter goes on to note that “Giuliani is not a public official, and holds no public office that would entitle him to opine on the nation’s airwaves.” And it demands that if the former mayor is put on the airwaves, “an equivalent amount of time” be given “to a surrogate for the Biden campaign.”
Now while I admit that the campaign makes a number of good points I don’t think that it would be a good look for any news outlets to publicly comply with this request.
If they do so they would feed into the conspiracy theory that the “liberal” media was blocking Trump and his allies from getting their version of reality out to the American people.
But having said that watching Rudy Giuliani manufacturing “facts” to support his contention that Joe Biden forced a prosecutor out of office for investigating his son and that Ukraine was behind the DNC hack is exhausting.
The Bidens are doing all they can to silence me, this is why! pic.twitter.com/Qp1MOgKNuD
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) September 30, 2019
By the way Giuliani keeps saying that these “affidavits” were found “online” but does not clarify where online he found them, and whether or not they were from official Ukranian government websites or simply conspiracy websites that habitually manufacture documents to push their agenda.
For instance, Hunter Biden was not even working for that Ukrainian company when the corrpt prosecutor was forced out.
This is what another former Ukraine prosecutor said about Giuliani’s attempts to use Ukraine for his political objectives.
Courtesy of LA Times:
Ukraine’s former top law enforcement official says he repeatedly rebuffed demands by President Trump’s personal lawyer to investigate Joe Biden and his son, insisting he had seen no evidence of wrongdoing that he could pursue.
In an interview, Yuri Lutsenko said while he was Ukraine’s prosecutor general he told Rudolph W. Giuliani that he would be happy to cooperate if the FBI or other U.S. authorities began their own investigation of the former vice president and his son Hunter but insisted they had not broken any Ukrainian laws to his knowledge.
Lutsenko, who was fired as prosecutor general last month, said he had urged Giuliani to launch a U.S. inquiry and go to court if he had any evidence but not to use Ukraine to conduct a political vendetta that could affect the U.S. election.
“I said, ‘Let’s put this through prosecutors, not through presidents,’ ” Lutsenko told The Times.
“I told him I could not start an investigation just for the interests of an American official,” he said.
So yeah networks should stop putting Rudy Giuliani on TV.
But not because the Biden campaign asked them not to, but simply because letting him lie to their viewers is journalistic malpractice.