Right here’s one simple method to determine if a newspaper is within the tank for the Democrats: Does it spend cash to check how Democrats are being unfairly attacked on conservative discuss radio?
The reply is “sure” at The New York Instances. Its entrance web page on July 5 carried a narrative titled “Proper-Wing Radio Sows Doubt A few Vote But to Take Place.” It is a bizarre take coming from liberals who typically bombastically speak about how we could by no means have one other free and honest election.
The Instances reporter is Stuart A. Thompson. They are saying he “writes about on-line info flows.” The liberal media hates the concept there are “info flows” allowed in America that say imply issues about Democrats. Reporters on the “misinformation” beat (in addition to the “extremism” beat) are laser-focused on villainous conservatives.
Thompson’s story started by complaining, “To many conservative commentators, the repair is already in. Democrats have cheated earlier than, they are saying, and they’ll cheat once more. By no means thoughts that the claims are false.” They discovered radio hosts who mentioned Democrats will lose management of Congress except they cheat. That’s a prediction. It may possibly’t be false upfront. Do they actually need to declare it’s unfaithful that “Democrats have cheated earlier than”?
Right here’s the cash graf, as in the place the Instances spent its cash: “Mentions of ‘Democrats dishonest’ and related concepts had been raised greater than 5,000 instances on syndicated radio reveals and native broadcasts this yr, based on an evaluation of knowledge from Crucial Point out, a media monitoring service. Related concepts had been talked about a number of hundred instances on tv reveals and podcasts tracked by Crucial Point out throughout the identical interval.”
How a lot cash did the Instances spend for Crucial Point out to search out these 5,000-plus examples? There was no “on-line info move” on that query. It simply desires to make use of its front-page actual property to discourage anybody from saying the phrases “Democrats dishonest.”
The story features a pile of quotes from offending right-wing radio hosts (and audio clips to imbibe on-line).
It will make sense for a newspaper that claims “reality” is all the things to give attention to anybody who would echo former President Donald Trump’s declare of a “sacred landslide victory.” That’s not true. They report Trump proclaimed in his Jan. 6, 2021, rally that Democrats modified voting legal guidelines “as a result of they need to cheat.”
Thompson wrote, “Republican politicians and cable retailers like Fox Information have carried the torch for Mr. Trump’s conspiracy theories ever since.” Is that totally true? Or does it have some partisan spit on the ball?
Deep within the article on web page A-13, Thompson asserted, “Liberal commentators have additionally claimed Republicans cheated or will cheat once more, however to a far lesser extent.” Did the Instances pay a “media monitoring service” to show “a far lesser extent”? Or was it only a hunch?
Thompson famous that, after the 2018 election, Stacey Abrams refused to concede in her race to be governor of Georgia, and a giant petition on her behalf was titled “Don’t Let Georgia Republicans Cheat and Steal the Governor’s Mansion from Stacey Abrams.” However he lamented that, since then, conservative radio hosts have “painted her efforts to enhance voter entry, significantly for traditionally disenfranchised teams, as a solution to allow dishonest.”
Claims of voter fraud or dishonest are used to affect (and discourage) voting. However so are claims that anybody who tries to tighten election eligibility is “Jim Crow 2.0,” and we may be positive the Instances gained’t spend cash to depend what number of instances the liberals have falsely in contrast conservatives to violent segregationists.
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