Stacey Abrams’ media embrace is a preview of 2022 and 2024 election coverage

Will the media coverage of the 2022 midterm elections and the 2024 presidential election be objective, impartial and sober?

That’s the rhetorical question to end all rhetorical questions, of course, especially when looking at the last four presidential contests. The 2008 campaign featured, as the great media analyst Bernie Goldberg put it in his bestselling book, “A Slobbering Love Affair” between the media and barack obamaBarack Hussein ObamaThe White House’s latest challenge is the public’s bad mood Showtime debuts trailer for ‘The First Lady,’ starring Viola Davis as Michelle Obama Why Congress needs to vote on a new deal on the iranian nuclear MORE.

Obama’s water haul continued in 2012, when Obama again avoided scrutiny on his case, while the Republican nominee Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyBiden asks for COVID-19 funds amid resistance from lawmakers The Hill’s Morning Report – One day, two continents, words of war Senate passes bill to avoid government shutdown MORE was portrayed as a racist Mormon Gordon Gekko, abusing dogs and carrying filing cabinets full of women, who was so ignorant he called Russia our greatest geopolitical enemy.

The 2016 elections somehow got worse, with donald trumpDonald TrumpCollins stresses need to reform voter count law: ‘Peaceful transfer of power shouldn’t require heroes’ Trump Organization holds talks to hold events for new Saudi Golf League interpreted as the second coming of Adolf Hitler. A USA Today poll summarized what readers and viewers thought about coverage of the Clinton and Trump campaigns.

“By nearly 10 to 1, everyone polled says the media, including major newspapers and TV stations, would like to see Clinton rather than Trump elected. This includes 82% of Trump supporters and 74% of Clinton supporters,” the newspaper reported in October 2016. Despite the extremely biased coverage, Trump continued to win.

In 2020, things have moved way beyond partiality and straight into full-fledged activism. negative stories about Joe BidenJoe Biden Ukraine’s president calls for preemptive sanctions against Russia’s representative in New Mexico for introducing bill offering asylum to Canadian truckers protesting vaccination mandatesHunter’s son has been censored on social media and ignored by mainstream media. Biden has avoided scrutiny of his nearly 50 years in politics almost entirely, focusing myopically on Trump. Town halls for Biden were little more than public relations campaigns. In some cases, those asking the questions were strong supporters of the Democrat. An MSNBC presidential historian (Jon Meacham) praised Biden for his campaign speeches which he helped write without disclosing this important fact.

So what will happen in the November elections? Look no further than a politician currently more beloved by the mainstream media than any other: Stacey Abrams of Georgia.

The hug comes despite Abrams committing the biggest no-no in American politics today: declaring an election stolen, casting doubt in future elections and calling the secretary ‘corrupt’. of state who oversaw his run for governor in Georgia. Replace the name “Abrams” with “Trump” and apply the same rhetoric and we know how the media would react.

“Concession means recognizing that an action is right, true or proper. … I can’t concede,” Abrams said in November 2018 after his 55,000-vote loss to the Republican. Brian KempBrian KempTrump will host a fundraiser and rally for Georgia’s gubernatorial candidate. Lost Republicans rejected by Trump in the primaries still embrace him..

“I have no empirical evidence that I would have gotten more votes. However, I have enough, and I think legally, doubts about the process to say that it was not a fair election” , Abrams said in April 2019.

“I believe it was stolen from voters. I just said it couldn’t happen again. And that’s been my mission for two years,” Abrams repeated in November 2020.

These are undoubtedly chilling attacks on democracy. But it was hard to find journalists in the liberal media condemning this rhetoric. Instead, some even defended Abrams on the issue.

So it was no surprise that Abrams received similar treatment from the media when it came to his blatant hypocrisy around masks in schools. Recently, Abrams, a strong advocate for masking children in schools, visited an elementary school in Georgia. At one point, she thought it was a good idea to take a photo with her in the foreground and children, all in masks as they had been for two years, sitting behind her. But she was not wearing a mask. The photo has gone viral on social media.

Abrams committed one of the most egregious political fumbles you will see. But instead of showing contrition, she initially (and incredibly) called the criticism “pitiful” and “predictable” while invoking Black History Month to defend herself.

“It is shameful that our opponents are using a Black History Month reading event for Georgian children as impetus for a bogus political attack, and it is pitiful and predictable that our opponents continue to look for opportunities to hijack the care of their failed records when it comes to protecting public health during the pandemic,” Abrams said in an Instagram post.

The usual suspects in the media cast Abrams as the victim while portraying Republicans as the bad guys.

The Washington Post: “GOP rivals snag Stacey Abrams’ maskless class photo as her campaign calls criticism ‘stupid’.”

“His Republican opponents and conservative commentators lashed out at the image, pointing out what they called the hypocrisy of a candidate being photographed without a mask while supporting them in schools,” the article read. .

You gotta love: “…what they called the hypocrisy of a candidate being photographed without a mask…”

Abrams eventually apologized.

In the 2022 Georgia gubernatorial election polls, Abrams trails his potential Republican challengers in Governor Brian Kemp (48-41%) and David PerdueDavid PerdueTrump to hold fundraiser and rally for Georgia gubernatorial candidate Perdue Republicans rejected by Trump in primaries still embrace him (47 to 43 percent).

But she has one thing going for her. She can count on the same media support from Obama, hillary clintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton ‘What-aboutism’ – Ruling against Trump leaves more free speech questions than answers After all, Trump may not be Teflon: Judge orders him to comply with subpoenas to appear ‘ MORE and Biden has received in the last four presidential elections. Many media outlets seem heavily invested in making her the next governor of Georgia to pave the way for her to become the next president of the United States.

Joe Concha is a media and political columnist.

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