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babylonsister

(171,279 posts)
Wed Sep 15, 2021, 09:13 AM Sep 2021

Eric Boehlert: Zero lessons learned --New York Times gives GOP a pass on election lies

Zero lessons learned —New York Times gives GOP a pass on election lies
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Eric Boehlert
1 hr ago

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Last winter, even as Trump actively tried to engineer the open theft of a presidential contest, and held White House discussions with deranged, conspiracy-peddling advisers, news outlets kept producing ho-hum updates about Trump’s “tactics,” his vague “moves” and “chicanery”; his “quixotic” legal “strategy,” and how he was “sulking” and “brooding” inside the White House. One Politico dispatch even dismissed Trump’s erratic post-election behavior as little more than “bad sportsmanship."

Except that “chicanery” and “bad sportsmanship” soon led to a deadly coup attempt at the U.S. Capitol, as violent Trump fanatics tried to overturn the election results.


The Times California recall article last week was a textbook example in how not to cover obvious blatant lies, but at least the report addressed them. Days later, in its California recall election page-one finale, the paper made no mention of the fact that the leading Republican candidate in the race was actively spreading doubt about the election results being trustworthy. Somehow that did not garner a single mention.

The Times has hardly been alone in falling down on this story. The Washington Post recently announced, “California’s Recall Becomes the New Epicenter of Unfounded Fraud Claims,” and refused to call the lies “lies.” CNN highlighted “voter fraud fabrications” in California, “baseless election fraud claims,” and “debunked claims.”

This media malfeasance — the downplaying —unfolds as stunned scholars warn us that Republicans are putting American democracy at risk with their unprecedented and brazen attacks on free and fair elections.

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Eric Boehlert: Zero lessons learned --New York Times gives GOP a pass on election lies (Original Post) babylonsister Sep 2021 OP
K&R spanone Sep 2021 #1
KnR Hekate Sep 2021 #2
The media will overlook any crime in order to avoid being called "Liberal" Orrex Sep 2021 #3

Orrex

(63,571 posts)
3. The media will overlook any crime in order to avoid being called "Liberal"
Wed Sep 15, 2021, 12:15 PM
Sep 2021

They don't even have the courage to call a deliberate, objective lie a lie.

The media, with a few exceptional outliers, is an industry of enablers.

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