When Democrats get caught in a political pickle, they can count on the borrowed authority of “journalists” and “fact-checkers” to bail them out. Take failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams’ pressuring corporations to put a financial squeeze on Georgia.
Article by Tim Graham from Daily Signal.
She began a March 31 op-ed in USA Today by writing: “Boycotts work. The focused power of No, trained on corporate actors used to being told Yes, can yield transformative results. As a Black person, a Southerner, an American, I respect and defend the right to boycott—and the advancement of civil rights has relied heavily on economic boycotts.”
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Twitter’s sidebar came to the rescue on April 22. One of its article headlines read, “Stacey Abrams encouraged Americans to invest in Georgia-based businesses after new voter laws were passed, according to journalists and fact-checkers.” That sounds contrary to the spirit of what Abrams wrote.
Then came stealth edits by Abrams at USA Today. In the original article, Abrams said she wasn’t opposed to individuals choosing to boycott the “racist, classist” Georgia voting bill that had just been passed.
“Until we hear clear, unequivocal statements that show Georgia-based companies get what’s at stake, I can’t argue with an individual’s choice to opt for their competition,” she wrote. She hedged a little by saying boycotts can cause “hardships” and added, “I don’t think that’s necessary—yet.”
The article was “updated,” but really, it was a substantial rewrite. The sentence about her not being able to “argue” about a boycott was removed. And she added a complaint that Major League Baseball’s boycott “could cost our state nearly $100 million in lost revenue” and then blamed Republicans for caring more about voter suppression than people’s “economic well-being.”
According to the Internet Archive digital library, the op-ed was revised on April 6, but a notice acknowledging it was “updated” wasn’t added until April 22.
Fox News reported that Major League Baseball was aggressively lobbied by Abrams. “Abrams told a senior league official that she wanted him to denounce the Georgia voting rights law, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter,” read a Fox article. Commissioner Robert Manfred clearly decided the game would be too politicized and pulled out.
But the “fact-checkers” came to Abrams’ defense. Sen. Tom Cotton tweeted that Abrams played a part in the pullout because she described the Georgia voting law as “Jim Crow” at least 10 times before the game was moved and she had written that “boycotts work.” CNN’s Daniel Dale cried foul, tweeting: “This is misleading. Abrams wrote that boycotts work under certain conditions … but proceeded, in the same op-ed, to argue that Georgia’s conditions weren’t right for a boycott. In a web video that day, she explicitly said, ‘Please do not boycott us.’”
He sounds like an Abrams PR guy, right? Republican strategist Matt Whitlock tweeted that Dale accurately described the text but made no mention of the stealth edits.
PolitiFact flagged Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp for blaming Abrams for the baseball pullout, writing, “Kemp’s comments are misleading; they lump together the positions of [President Joe] Biden and Abrams when they’ve actually taken different positions.”
It also cited the USA Today op-ed and made no mention of the stealth editing. A line that PolitiFact quoted from Abrams’ op-ed—”Boycotts invariably also cost jobs”—was part of her added text.
Both these “fact-checks” of Republican critics of Abrams were highlighted by Twitter’s roundup. This episode of avoiding inconvenient facts demonstrates why many people think the “fact-checkers” are not independent actors but energetic spin-controllers for the Democrats.
Will America-First News Outlets Make it to 2023?
Things are looking grim for conservative and populist news sites.
There’s something happening behind the scenes at several popular conservative news outlets. 2021 was bad, but 2022 is proving to be disastrous for news sites that aren’t “playing ball” with the corporate media narrative. It’s being said that advertisers are cracking down, forcing some of the biggest ad networks like Google and Yahoo to pull their inventory from conservative outlets. This has had two major effects. First, it has cooled most conservative outlets from discussing “taboo” topics like Pandemic Panic Theater, voter fraud, or The Great Reset. Second, it has isolated those ad networks that aren’t playing ball.
Certain topics are anathema for most ad networks. Speaking out against vaccines or vaccine mandates is a certain path to being demonetized. Highlighting voter fraud in the 2020 and future elections is another instant advertising death penalty. Throw in truthful stories about climate change hysteria, Critical Race Theory, and the border crisis and it’s easy to understand how difficult it is for America-First news outlets to spread the facts, share conservative opinions, and still pay the bills.
Without naming names, I have been told of several news outlets who have been forced to either consolidate with larger organizations or who have backed down on covering certain topics out of fear of being “canceled” by the ad networks. I get it. This is a business for many of us and it’s not very profitable. Those of us who do this for a living are often barely squeaking by, so loss of additional revenue can often mean being forced to make cuts. That means not being able to cover the topics properly. Its a Catch-22: Tell the truth and lose the money necessary to keep telling the truth, or avoid the truth and make enough money to survive. Those who have chosen survival simply aren’t able to spread the truth properly.
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