By Jon Dougherty

Our founding fathers believed that a free press was necessary to ensure that Americans were kept fully informed about the pressing issues of the day.

But at the same time, our founders envisioned a fair press, and once upon a time they were fair.

In his new book, “Unfreedom of the Press,” constitutional scholar, author, and talk show giant Mark Levin noted that in the beginning, “the early American patriot press, which proudly promoted the principles set forth in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, followed by the early decades of the Republic during which newspapers around the young country were open and transparent about their fierce allegiance to one political party or the other,” according to a summary.

Not anymore.

“Levin shows how those entrusted with news reporting today are destroying freedom of the press from within: ‘not government oppression or suppression,’ he writes, but self-censorship, group-think, bias by omission, and passing off opinion, propaganda, pseudo-events, and outright lies as news,” the summary notes.

Case in point: After two years of relentless screeching about “Trump-Russia collusion!” despite several instances where “mainstream” media outlets were dead wrong about those claims and assertions, nearly half the country remains convinced, following special counsel Robert Mueller’s official finding of “no collusion,” that POTUS did it.

According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted after the summary’s release, 48 percent of respondents said they believed “Trump or someone from his campaign worked with Russia to influence the 2016 election.” This is only 6 percentage points less than last week.

In addition, a majority of respondents, 53 percent, also said “Trump tried to stop investigations into Russian influence on his administration,” which is only down 2 points from last week.

Naturally, the responses were sharply divided along political lines, but that’s part of the problem, as Levin notes.

The vast majority of our “mainstream” press is partisan; that is it say, they are in lockstep with the Democratic Party and serve more as propaganda outlets rather than news outlets. But they won’t say that; instead, they try to pretend as though they’re non-partisan truth-seekers when in fact, they line up solidly behind the Democrats’ Left-wing agenda (open borders, Orange man bad, socialism, government-run healthcare, etc.).

By purposely failing to declare themselves partisan, they have convinced far too many Americans that a lie is true and that despite being told it’s a lie by the person who was charged with investigating it, they refuse to accept that fact.

That’s dangerous, for it portends a violent future for America. When we can’t even accept facts because our hatred for the opposition is so profound, that is a recipe for societal breakdown. All it will take is one spark.

Interestingly, one 2020 Democratic presidential contender — Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii), an MP officer in the Army National Guard — seems to understand that.

“I strongly supported Mueller being allowed to complete his investigation and submit his findings,” Gabbard said in the statement.

“Now that Mueller has found no collusion took place, we need to set aside our partisan interests and recognize that finding the president of the United States not guilty of conspiring with a foreign power to interfere with our elections is a good thing for America,” she added.

Gabbard then said that an indictment of POTUS Trump could have led to a civil war.

“If the president of the United States had been indicted for conspiring with Russia to interfere with and affect the outcome of our elections it would have precipitated a terribly divisive crisis that could have even led to civil war,” she said.

“Now we must stand together and move beyond this divisive issue that has taken up enough of the national conversation,” she concluded.

Powerful observation. But clearly, the #NeverTrump Democrat media won’t allow that to happen.

As a side note, the last time the country was this divided was in the 1850s, and we know how that turned out.

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