It’s that time of the year again. No, not Halloween. It’s time for the elites to save democracy by destroying democracy to stop the people from having their say in this wonderful system of theirs.
First up, the media is saving democracy.
Gearing up to report this year’s midterm election results, American television networks are facing an uncomfortable question: How many viewers will believe them?
Less and less every time they pull these stunts.
Amid rampant distrust in the news media and a rash of candidates who have telegraphed that they may claim election fraud if they lose, news anchors and executives are seeking new ways to tackle the attacks on the democratic process that have infected politics since the last election night broadcast in 2020.
People don’t trust us because we’re transparently biased and politically self-interested and our coverage is really a sustained election-rigging program.
Let’s double down on that and blame the people for distrusting us.
CBS has been televising elections since 1948. But this is the first year that the network has felt obligated to install a dedicated “Democracy Desk” as a cornerstone of its live coverage. Seated a few feet from the co-anchors in the network’s Times Square studio, election law experts and correspondents will report on fraud allegations and threats of violence at the polls.
Deploying more invented experts to put forward the same narrative hasn’t worked before, but this time…. still no.
“I can’t control what politicians are going to say, if they choose to call an election result into question,” said David Chalian, CNN’s political director. “You’ve got to be clear, when it’s a partial picture, that nothing about that is untoward.”
CNN’s political director declares nothing untoward has happened in election yet to take place.
This is Ceaușescu-level totalitarian clowning.
Even as Americans consume information from an increasingly kaleidoscopic set of news sources — social media, hyperpartisan blogs, streaming services and family Facebook posts — the big TV networks still play a major role in setting the narrative of an election night, for better and worse.
Who can forget that the New York Times tweeted, “The role of declaring the winner of a presidential election in the U.S. falls to the news media” in 2020?
(Fun fact, if you google it, you won’t find it. Bing still brings it up.)