Sundays Reliable sources, Host Brian Stelter insisted that the news industry really needs a “democratic rhythm”. As if journalists are not covering the elections? No, he means reporters need to focus more on how Republicans hate democracy and want to destroy it. The “objective media” knows how to create organizational principles. As usual, the Liberals insist that Democrats are equal to democracy.
Stelter explained how all leftists from Daniel Froomkin to Michael Calderone think it’s time to fight “the GOP’s voter suppression / anti-democracy”:
STELTER: From the former president’s deceptive blog posts to a shady audit in Arizona, last year’s U.S. election is still the subject of screams. The GOP is erecting new barriers to voting in some states, and newly ousted Liz Cheney is calling on her party to give in to liars. She says Donald Trump is quite willing to dismantle American democracy and one day return to power.
And all this news, all this, has stirred up partisan bickering, but it’s all bigger than partisan politics. It is really about the future of American democracy. This is why editorial staff need a democratic rhythm.
One might admire the shamelessness of putting oneself above “partisan bickering” as you claim just as a partisan that Republicans are an authoritarian threat.
Stelter appealed to reliable left-wing sources to confirm his point: Mother Jones journalist Ari Berman, who specializes in “voter suppression” journalism; and Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, an “elected Democrat”. Benson was also a journalist, Stelter mentioned, but he did not specify: she worked as Nina Totenberg’s legal assistant at the NPR and worked for the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center. Stelter added that she also had an opinion piece on CNN.com about Republicans “Democracy Deniers”.
Berman explicitly stated that this “democracy beat” was about how Republicans are a horrific threat to democracy:
STELTER: Ari, I get the feeling you’re on the beat of democracy. You have been working on voting rights for years. When I say that democracy is beating, does that appeal to you? Is this something that more newsrooms should have?
BERMAN Yes, absolutely, Brian. I think I have been on the pace of democracy for the past decade. And I urged many more journalists to cover these issues. And there’s a lot more coverage now than there was a decade ago, but we still need a lot more coverage.
And I think the media need to understand that the most important dividing line in American politics right now is not between Democrats and Republicans. It’s between Republicans and Democracy.
And that we need to cover this not just through a partisan lens, but treat attacks on things like the right to vote as attacks on the most basic rights of our democracy, and not ask which party is benefiting. But how does this hurt voters? How does this harm democracy? And I think that’s the goal that I would like to see the media cover this story more often.
Stelter added another softball: “The banner [on screen] said right now is an attack on democracy. Is it – is it too strong, Ari? Berman replied, “No. I mean, there’s an attack on democracy right now, Brian. In the first four months of this year, 361 bills restricting access to voting were introduced, 11 states have already amended their voting laws this year to make it more difficult to vote in such a short time in a coordinated fashion. “
So, are bills requiring voter ID – supported by a majority of Americans of all races – an “attack on democracy”? It is surely leftist.