SCARING VOTERS & THE POWER OF MEDIA BIAS

“Who you vote for is your secret. But whether or not you vote is public record”.

“We will be reviewing voting records . . . to determine whether you joined your neighbors who voted in 2014.”

“If you do not vote this year, we will be interested to hear why not.”

Do you find that language threatening?  I know I would if I received it from a political party\’s state committee.

Well, according to the New York Post, that is the language of a mailing sent by New York\’s Democratic State Committee to residents of Manhattan and Brooklyn – both heavily Democrat-voting, of course – to encourage/bully/scare them into going to the polls.

And, what is the rationale for sending this letter? 

Thisflier is part of the nationwide Democratic response to traditionalRepublican voter-suppression efforts, because Democrats believe ourdemocracy works better when more people vote, not less,” saidPeter Kauffmann, a committee spokesman.

Thedifference between Democrats and Republicans is they don\’t wantpeople to vote and we want everyone to vote.”

There you go.  We Democrats are the good guys.  Unlike Republicans, we want everyone to vote.  And that is why we are…er… sending this letter exclusively to areas where an increased vote total will benefit Democrats.

There is only one reason that the Democrat State Committee has no problem sending out a scare-letter like this:  it is that they are secure in the expectation that mainstream media will not make a thing of it.  Not if Democrats are doing it. 

That is the power of media bias.  It opens the door to using ugly, abusive tactics which, if there were any serious concern that media other than right-leaning venues like the New York Post, maybe Fox News and a few others, were going to be talking about it, would never see the light of day.

And that is perfectly understandable.  Becaust, while it is true that CBS News – New York has a full article about it, neither NBC-New York nor ABC-New York has it on their web page.  And a search of google\’s first three pages shows no mention by  CBS, NBC or ABC\’s national news – or the New York Times or Washington Post or any of the other usual suspects.

Looking the other way when this happens is aiding and abetting it.  That\’s something the media venues I\’m referring to apparently do not care about anymore.

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