Hardly a week goes by without the ethically bankrupt American media spreading lies about the state of the country’s elections, and their latest attack on Republican voters is no different.
Wednesday, State line has joined his fellow left-wing media outlets in fomenting a conspiracy theory fabricated by Democrats that U.S. election workers everywhere face constant harassment from voters. Of course, the insinuation is that these threats are coming from conservative voters who dared to raise questions about how the 2020 election was conducted.
In the center of Stateline hit piece It’s the recent wave of letters laden with fentanyl and other substances sent to local election offices in states like Washington, Nevada and Oregon. Instead of revealing to his readers the evidence indicating letters were potentially sent by far-left radicals linked to Antifa, Stateline immediately shifted from reporting on the issue to advancing the left’s narrative that “election workers are under attack” and placing blame on former President Donald Trump and his supporters.
“Since the 2020 presidential election, state and local election officials have been bombarded with threats, as lies perpetrated by former President Donald Trump and his allies around a ‘rigged’ election have fueled conspiracy theories and inspired “backlash against the bureaucrats and temporary workers who run America’s democratic process,” the outlet hyperbolically claimed.
Like I already did wrote In these pages, Democrats claim that election workers have faced an increase in threats since the 2020 election. They rely primarily on “investigations” published by left-wing organizations and unsubstantiated statements by Democratic election officials. . In November 2022, for example, the Washington Post published a article containing claims from Colorado Democratic Secretary of State Jena Griswold’s office that it had “identified hundreds of additional threats against her since 2020.” Unsurprisingly, the Post gave no indication that it had bothered to fact-check these claims.
However, like the Post, Stateline was forced to include data from President Biden’s Justice Department showing that Democrats’ dizzying election narrative is utter nonsense.
In its article, the media reveals that “at the end of August, the US Department of Justice’s Election Threat Task Force had charged 14 people with making threats against election workers and political candidates since the group’s creation. work in 2021, which has led to nine so far. convictions accompanied by criminal sentences of several years. August 2022 testimony from a DOJ official and subsequent press release from the agency. revealed that of approximately 1,000 communications directed to election officials and deemed “threatening and harassing” by the Election Threat Task Force since that force’s inception, only about 11 percent of those contacts “met the threshold for a criminal investigation federal”.
It’s understood? In a country with more inhabitants 335 million people, only about 100 individuals were investigated by the DOJ for allegedly threatening election workers, and only 14 of them were formally charged. This doesn’t exactly sound like a widespread crisis.
For a mainstream press that likes to use the term “conspiracy theory” whenever reporting on legitimate Republican concerns about the integrity of U.S. elections, left-leaning outlets like the Post and Stateline have it exactly right. to foment their own conspiracy theories to dishonestly smear their opinions. political opponents. In reality, Democrats don’t care at all about the “security” of American elections. All they care about is acquiring and maintaining power.
The media effort to portray Republicans as threats to “democracy” is not only intended to scare independents and moderate Republican Party voters. This is about dissuading conservatives from participating in legitimate forms of election monitoring, such as poll watching.
From elections to laws, Democrats have no interest in playing by the same rules as everyone else. And if that means recruiting their media allies to promote debunked propaganda against Republicans, then that’s exactly what they’ll do.
Shawn Fleetwood is a staff writer for The Federalist and a graduate of the University of Mary Washington. He previously served as state content editor for Convention of States Action and his work has been featured in numerous media outlets, including RealClearPolitics, RealClearHealth, and Conservator Review. Follow him on Twitter @ShawnFleetwood