Legacy Media’s Fraud on the Public

In one Democrat-run swing state after another, there is ample evidence of voter fraud in the presidential election. States that were in Donald Trump’s column late in the evening of Election Day had moved to Joe Biden’s column by the next morning, and the way the numbers changed during that time was highly suspicious. 

Tales of vote counts that mysteriously stopped in the middle of the night and then started up again without notice also raised concern. Especially bemusing was the fact that every late shift in the vote count favored Biden—and that his numbers, in one place after another, were considerably higher than those for Obama in 2012, for Hillary in 2016, or for other Democratic candidates in Tuesday’s down-ballot races. 

In at least a couple of jurisdictions, it was maintained that more votes were cast than there were registered voters—an outcome not fully explained by same-day registration. There have been quite a few reports of ballots cast by dead people, of the sale of fake votes, of “ballot harvesting” (the collecting and submission of multiple completed ballots by third parties), and of numerous mail-in ballots being delivered to a single voter. 

More and more people have come forward since Wednesday morning saying they witnessed shenanigans on the part of poll workers, postal employees, and others. Poll observers say they were denied the right to monitor vote counts up close. 

In Philadelphia, the sheriff refused to obey a court order to let poll observers do their jobs. In Detroit, poll workers covered the windows of their counting room when a crowd formed outside. In Michigan, a purported whistleblower told Project Veritas of late ballots being hand-stamped “November 3” so they could be counted. 

There’s much more. All of it is concerning. Some of the assertions may turn out to be flatly untrue or exaggerated, or else to be the products of honest misinterpretation of innocuous activity. 

Some of them, however, may be cases of real electoral fraud. 

A Coordinated Narrative 

And yet with very few exceptions, the mainstream news media, both in the United States and abroad, have mockingly swept away the idea that a Biden victory in the presidential election might just possibly be tainted by deceit.

No, I’m not saying that the media should be climbing on the fraud bandwagon. At this point, even though we appear to have ample evidence of widespread cheating, the news media need not affirm any of it. In fact, they shouldn’t accept the evidence until it’s been fully gathered, examined, debated, evaluated, and ruled upon by the Supreme Court. 

But by the same token, the media shouldn’t reject the evidence out of hand, because none of them can possibly know whether or not fraud occurred. Yet they’re not only reflexively dismissing that evidence—they’re dismissing it without even putting it before their readers or viewers. 

And they’re doing even more than that. Think of this: on the one hand, several of the mainstream news media outlets have positively sneered at the possibility of a coordinated nationwide voter-fraud effort. Yet at the same time, their own reports on Trump’s fraud charges read as if they were, yes, coordinated. 

The New York Times, for example, referred to Trump’s “baseless attacks on the electoral process” and to “efforts by Republicans to create uncertainty about the results by falsely claiming that election observers had not been allowed to watch the tally.”

Similarly, an Associated Press story appearing in the Los Angeles Times referred to “President Trump’s baseless claims of widespread fraud in the race for the White House.” Another AP story that appeared in the Chicago Tribune used the word “baseless” in its text and the word “unfounded” in its headline. 

The word “baseless” also appeared in a CNN story headlined, in part, “Top Republicans defend Trump on baseless voter fraud claims.” It stated that Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) had “echoed [Trump’s] baseless claims of voter fraud” and that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) “similarly echoed the President’s meritless assertions of fraud.”

Over at the Washington Post, you could read that Trump was making “unfounded allegations about voter fraud.” Meanwhile, Newsweek described him as “claiming, without evidence, widespread fraud in the process.” Time said that “Trump falsely claimed to have won the election.” And the New York Daily News called Trump’s fraud claims “as bogus as a Trump University diploma.”

Dismissing Legitimate Complaints

And so on. It was the same in one major media organ after another: every reference to charges of fraud had to describe them as “unfounded” or “baseless” or “false” or “bogus” or “without evidence.” Not once, in a second or third or fourth reference to charges of fraud, could the word “fraud” or “allegation” or “claim” be used alone, without a word like “false” or “bogus” to modify it. It is not only knee-jerk behavior—it feels desperate. 

Abroad, the song was the same. At Le Monde, Trump’s fraud claims were described as being “peu convaincants” (unconvincing), “sans preuves” (without evidence), and “sans fondement” (baseless), and “fausses” (false). The Guardian described Senators Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Graham as “echoing the president’s baseless claims of fraud” and in the very next sentence again described Cruz as “echo[ing] Trump’s baseless claims of fraud.” 

There was more. Despite insisting on the falsity of Trump’s charges, none of the articles even attempted to demonstrate their falsity. Not only didn’t they shoot down any of the evidence that has been adduced by dozens if not hundreds of concerned citizens across the United States; they didn’t bother to cite so much as a single piece of that evidence. 

They denied insistently—but without any evidence!—the existence of any evidence.

If anything is false or bogus or baseless, it is this: the endlessly repeated statement by these legacy media organs that there is no evidence whatsoever of malfeasance in the casting or counting of votes. No, it may not turn out in the end to be dispositive evidence, but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t exist at this point. There has yet to be a hearing or a trial to consider any of this evidence. 

By dismissing charges of fraud so uniformly at this very early stage, the mainstream media were not only dismissing legitimate complainants who have asserted—some of them reportedly under oath—that they have legitimate evidence of criminality. The media were also thereby dismissing the constitutional right of every American to a fair count of all valid votes. 

Which shouldn’t be surprising at all, given that these same mainstream media spent the better part of Trump’s administration parroting lies about him colluding with Russia and strongarming Ukraine. For those charges, there really was no evidence. But that didn’t keep the press from pushing these stories as if they were true. 

And of course, when they were proved false, these same media outlets just moved on without displaying even the slightest hint of remorse. And here they are now, shamelessly dismissing out-of-hand claims by observers all around the country that something fishy was afoot on Election Day. 

It’s not those charges that are un-American. It’s this consistently mendacious conduct by organizations that are supposed to be dedicated to the objective dissemination of fact. How far they have moved from that calling, and how quickly! 

About Bruce Bawer

Bruce Bawer is the author of While Europe Slept, Surrender, and The Victims' Revolution. His novel The Alhambra was published in 2017.

Photo: Victor de Schwanberg/Science Photo Library

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