Media bias in reporting on ‘Million MAGA March?’

Rudy Giuliani says he has evidence of election irregularities. (Screen snip, YouTube, The Guardian.)

While thousands of peaceful demonstrators turned out for the “Million MAGA March” in Washington, D.C. Saturday to support President Donald Trump, press coverage of the event didn’t pump up until after dark, when counter protesters started throwing fireworks at MAGA participants and otherwise clashed with them as the crowd dispersed.

Several reports took a decidedly anti-Trump direction. Even Katie Pavlich tweeted about it.

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For example, the BBC reported, “Thousands of supporters of US President Donald Trump turned out in Washington DC to back his unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud in the election.”

Would the lead paragraph have been written differently were it about, say, Joe Biden? It might read more like, “to underscore his allegations of voter fraud…”

Then there was CNN, which noted in the fourth paragraph of its report, “Smaller groups of counter demonstrators gathered downtown and near the Supreme Court in support of President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral victory — which the President has falsely described as fraudulent.”

Had this been a Biden story, that sentence might have read, “in support of President Donald Trump’s victory, which Biden has insisted was ripe with suspicious irregularities currently being investigated.”

Contributing to the increasingly unpleasant discourse, former New York mayor-turned-Trump-defender Rudy Giuliani asserted over the weekend that, “he had ‘evidence’ that ‘corrupt machines’ had deleted millions of votes for Trump — but couldn’t share it.”

At this point, he needs to share that information because without substantiation, he’s essentially blowing a lot of hot air on which the president’s supporters are placing a lot of hope. If he cannot produce that evidence quickly, then Giuliani will have made a monumental fool of himself, the president and millions of voters who have put their faith in an empty narrative.

Jonathan Turley, George Washington University law professor, told Fox News, “We’re really running out of runway here.”

He said the president’s attorneys need to step up their game.

“It’s still possible that he could produce evidence of systemic widespread errors or fraud,” Turley said. “It’s just that we’re long on allegations and rather short on evidence.”

American voters deserve to see this evidence now, not next week, not “in a few days,” but now. Otherwise, essentially calling Trump a liar in what is supposed to be an objective report won’t be wrong, after all. That’s what is at stake here and stretching this process out for dramatic effect is going to end badly, not just for Giuliani and Trump, but the president’s family, his supporters and the Republican party.

What appears beyond dispute is that the Saturday MAGA march was peaceful until it got dark. Nobody threw bricks into storefronts, nobody attacked police officers with metal baseball bats—as happened recently in Seattle—and nobody set fires or looted small businesses. And it appears the crowd was larger than reports indicated.

The BBC report acknowledged the violence only occurred “later in the evening.”

According to the CNN report, at least 20 people were arrested and two metropolitan police officers were injured.

Both reports seemed compelled to mention that among the marchers there were “members of far-right groups.” Have any reports about rioting and demonstrations earlier this year mentioned “members of far-left groups?”

The time to for everyone to lay all their cards on the table is right now. Waiting translates to stalling. The people have a right to know.


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