TIME Magazine has published an extraordinary investigative piece titled, “The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election,” detailing how an extensive network of powerful and wealthy people ran a “shadow” campaign in order to save the election.
The column, authored by Molly Ball, lays out a scenario involving “a well-funded cabal of powerful people” who worked in concert to change election laws and control the dissemination of information before and after the election.
And now they seemingly want credit for their actions.
Those entities “want the secret history of the 2020 election told, even though it sounds like a paranoid fever dream,” the column reads.
“A well-funded cabal of powerful people, ranging across industries and ideologies, working together behind the scenes to influence perceptions, change rules and laws, steer media coverage, and control the flow of information.”
The piece notes that former President Donald Trump had observed a shift in behavior in corporate America even as he sought to challenge the results of the 2020 election.
“It was all very, very strange,” TIME quotes Trump as saying in early December. “Within days after the election, we witnessed an orchestrated effort to anoint the winner, even while many key states were still being counted.”
The magazine observes: “In a way, Trump was right.”
“There was a conspiracy unfolding behind the scenes, one that both curtailed the protests and coordinated the resistance from CEOs,” Ball writes, referencing a desire to keep the peace over the election after many months marred by racial tension and riots.
“Both surprises were the result of an informal alliance between left-wing activists and business titans.”
The secret history of the shadow campaign that saved the 2020 electionhttps://t.co/xG3S60cP2L
— TIME (@TIME) February 5, 2021
TIME Pulls Back The Curtain On Forces Shaping 2020 Election
The piece notes at several points throughout that the shadowy ‘cabal’ was working to protect the integrity of the 2020 election, not sway the results, or prevent Trump from winning.
“The handshake between business and labor was just one component of a vast, cross-partisan campaign to protect the election,” they write, referring to it as “an extraordinary shadow effort dedicated not to winning the vote but to ensuring it would be free and fair, credible and uncorrupted.”
Certainly, however, one has to be alarmed at the notion that “well-funded” individuals were working behind the scenes to “steer media coverage, and control the flow of information.”
A study conducted by the Media Research Center in November suggests slanted media coverage may have tilted the election in favor of President Joe Biden.
BREAKING: The media's refusal to cover basic reports dramatically changed election results.
If voters knew about ANY of these key stories the media failed to cover, @realDonaldTrump would have won with 311 electoral votes.
Full poll and analysis here: https://t.co/y8Zfb5rCx8
— MediaResearchCenter (@theMRC) November 24, 2020
The column references a little-known effort by “a veteran progressive operative” to combat “disinformation” on social media platforms.
“In November 2019, Mark Zuckerberg invited nine civil rights leaders to dinner at his home, where they warned him about the danger of the election-related falsehoods that were already spreading unchecked,” they write.
Vanita Gupta, nominated for Associate Attorney General by President Biden, attended the Zuckerberg dinner and also met with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.
Gupta conveyed the pressure those in attendance placed on the Big Tech titan.
“It took pushing, urging, conversations, brainstorming, all of that to get to a place where we ended up with more rigorous rules and enforcement,” she said.
— Raheem J. Kassam (@RaheemKassam) December 10, 2020
Facebook and Twitter ended up playing large roles in the election.
Twitter stepped up to the plate by censoring and removing posts about a New York Post article involving emails found on Hunter Biden’s (President Biden’s son) laptop which appeared to discuss shady business dealings with foreign entities using his father’s influence as Vice President at the time.
Dorsey had made a calculated and deliberate move to censor a story detrimental to one presidential candidate, and later admitted was wrong to do so.
That admission came in the form of testimony before the Senate … after the election.
Also after the election, Facebook and Twitter would both ban Donald Trump, still the sitting President of the United States of America, when he attempted to discuss concerns about alleged but unproven election fraud.
A Very Broad Effort That Included Changing Voting Laws
The TIME Magazine article doesn’t focus exclusively on the effort by this ‘cabal’ to control information leading up to, and even after, the 2020 election.
The network’s influence extended far beyond the control of information. There was a concerted and broad sweeping effort that involved many entities working in tandem.
“Their work touched every aspect of the election,” TIME writes, ticking off a list of examples.
- “They got states to change voting systems and laws and helped secure hundreds of millions in public and private funding.”
- “They fended off voter-suppression lawsuits, recruited armies of poll workers and got millions of people to vote by mail for the first time.”
- “They successfully pressured social media companies to take a harder line against disinformation and used data-driven strategies to fight viral smears.”
- “They executed national public-awareness campaigns that helped Americans understand how the vote count would unfold over days or weeks, preventing Trump’s conspiracy theories and false claims of victory from getting more traction.”
And following Election Day, Ball claims “they monitored every pressure point to ensure that Trump could not overturn the result.”
TIME suggests all of this extraordinary effort was meant to shore up and help legitimize the election in the eyes of American voters.
“The scenario the shadow campaigners were desperate to stop was not a Trump victory,” they assure. Rather, the scenario they worked to avoid “was an election so calamitous that no result could be discerned at all, a failure of the central act of democratic self-governance that has been a hallmark of America since its founding.”
This stunning TIME report is eye-opening. And the level of coordination, money, and influence involved will come as a shock to millions of Americans.
The news magazine suggests that the responsible parties wanted to pull back the curtain and reveal what they did. The report appears to do just that.
Perhaps you should take a long, hard look at their full report here.
Cross-posted with Mental Recession
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