New York Occasions reporter Michael Wines climbed again onto his liberal hobby horse — thuggish Republicans denying voting rights beneath the spurious excuse of preventing non-existent vote fraud — in “Limit Votes? The Right May Need a New Tactic.”
Take a look at this goal reporting from the lead paragraph:
It was an election the place Republican prices of fictitious voter fraud took heart stage earlier than, throughout and after the rely, backed by a barrage of lawsuits intent on making it more durable to solid or tally votes.
But by its finish, People had solid ballots at a price not seen in a century. A Democrat was elected president. And Republicans drew shocking help from Black and Latino voters — the very teams the social gathering traditionally focused with restrictive voting legal guidelines in state after state.
“Stereotypes die exhausting, and this Republican concept that if extra folks vote it advantages Democrats was at some degree extra true previously,” stated Norman Ornstein, a scholar of American politics and democracy on the conservative-leaning American Enterprise Institute. “It was definitely true when Republicans believed that white working-class voters had been Democrats. But it surely’s a ridiculous stereotype now.”
In Wines’ world, there isn’t any such factor as vote fraud. Once more, bear in mind sentences just like the one in daring beneath seem in a so-called information story:
Mr. Ornstein is a relentless critic of Mr. Trump and the Republican Social gathering’s more and more authoritarian bent. And no person expects social gathering leaders to rapidly abandon a technique that has served its pursuits from North Carolina to Texas to North Dakota. Republicans have argued that measures like voter identification legal guidelines, purges of voter rolls and limits on mail ballots are essential to fight fraud, however poll fraud is so uncommon that the foundations typically accomplish little greater than suppress authorized turnout. Even so, such methods have lengthy been a part of American politics and should not going away.
Monday’s front-page story, “Plan to Make Losing Look Like a Win,” by Jim Rutenberg and Nick Corasaniti, purported to stipulate a years-long conspiracy by the Trump camp to steal re-election if essential.
4 years after Rutenberg’s notorious front-page shenanigans in August 2016 calling for the press to drop its façade of objectivity to destroy the Trump candidacy, he’s again on the entrance web page making an attempt to counsel the president was the one making an attempt to “bend actuality.”
Relaying an anecdote about controversy amongst Republican challengers in a vote counting room in Detroit, he made it a racial incident, utilizing a certainly goal selection as a supply:
[Democratic observer Seth] Furlow vividly recalled his discomfort with a scene during which largely white Republican challengers had been confronting the largely Black elections staff.
…. Like related episodes in Las Vegas, Milwaukee, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, the scene in Detroit was the end result of a yearslong technique by Mr. Trump to make use of the ability of the manager department, a military of attorneys, the echo chamber of conservative information media and the obedience of fellow Republicans to check out his most audacious train in bending actuality: to show shedding into successful.
[Trump adviser Roger Stone] additionally employed a discipline normal for his efforts to deliver prices of voter fraud: an operative from Philadelphia named Mike Roman. Mr. Roman had achieved fame in conservative circles in 2008 for serving to to push out video from a voting web site in Philadelphia the place two members of the New Black Panther Social gathering had been patrolling outdoors, one with a billy membership, changing into a a lot disputed trigger in conservative information media.
That story about voter intimidation by two members of the New Black Panther Social gathering, one brandishing a nightstick, outside a polling place in Philadelphia, was reliably dismissed by the Occasions and different retailers. A lot for caring concerning the safety of the electoral course of!