The mainstream media, with the assistance of Democrats and some RINOs, have been lambasting about ‘election deniers’ for going on two years – using the label as some kind of pejorative to smear officials, candidates, and everyday people who have lingering concerns, questions, and doubts regarding the reliability of the 2020 election results.
Among those mainstream media outlets that have maintained the 2020 election was on the up and up is Politico. But now, that very same news outlet is attempting to sow the seeds of doubt mere days before the 2022 midterms with claims that this upcoming election is under threat of various “security” concerns – including the possibility of hacked voting machines.
Politico bears no shortage of assertions that the 2020 election was secure and accurate over the past two years, often dropping articles emphasizing that anyone latching on to claims of impropriety in the aforementioned election cycle is essentially delusional.
In a September 2021 piece from the outlet aimed directly at those accused of spreading “the Big Lie,” contributors David Siders and Zach Montellaro wrote, “It started as one big, false claim — that the election was stolen from Donald Trump. But nearly a year later, the Big Lie is metastasizing, with Republicans throughout the country raising the specter of rigged elections in their own campaigns ahead of the midterms.”
Moving forward to a November 2nd, 2022, Politico article penned by Mark Scott, the article bears the title of “‘Stolen election’ conspiracies already spreading ahead of US midterm,” followed by a brief synopsis among the header reading, “POLITICO analysis shows election deniers already spreading doubts about the integrity of the November 8 vote.”
Funnily enough, merely five days after Politico dropped the abovementioned article decrying “conspiracies” of the prospect of elections being meddled with, the outlet published an article titled “6 election security threats to watch for on Election Day.”
Politico contributor Eric Geller claimed in the November 7th piece that “The midterms face a bevy of digital threats, from stolen Twitter accounts to hacked election websites,” before plugging the expected disclaimer of, “The 2020 presidential election was rife with allegations of voting machine hacks that were later debunked.”
But that isn’t where this piece from Politico ends because the contributor forewarns of something that is taboo to attribute to the 2020 election: the potential threats posed by “hackers” who might “tunnel into voting equipment and other election infrastructure to try to undermine Tuesday’s vote.”
Oh boy, this is truly golden – Politico is claiming that voting machines are now susceptible to the likes of hacking but yet maintains that entertaining such thoughts in regard to the 2020 election is conspiratorial hokum.
Per the article in question, Geller continued on the potential for election funny business via hacking, writing, “At least seven states and Washington, D.C., use wireless modems to transmit unofficial election-night results to their central offices. These modems use telecommunications networks that are vulnerable to hackers, and malicious actors could exploit them to tamper with unofficial vote data, corrupt voting machines, or compromise the computers used to tally official results.”
Politico is pulling quite the convenient pivot toward embracing election skepticism when Democrats are poised to be on the proverbial chopping block during this midterm cycle.
But this sort of narrative shifting by Democrats is par for the course, as the party and their mouthpieces in office and in the media have historically been able to peddle election denialism talking points if those talking points are used to discredit or delegitimize Republican candidates or officials.
It’s not as though the 2016 election cycle (and the years following the outcome) is some kind of distant past, and Democrats, along with their cohorts in the media, spread all sorts of wild claims that alleged foul play and fraud tainting the election that led to the Trump administration.
Take, for example, a piece from CNN back in November of 2016 that claimed: “top computer scientists” found evidence of voter fraud “in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania,” urging for a forensic audit. And the vulnerability this CNN article pointed to at the time was none other “electronic voting machines,” which “could have been manipulated or hacked.” Months before the 2016 election, CNN released another report claiming “how electronic voting machines could be vulnerable to hackers.”
Come October of 2022, CNN released a report mocking Spalding County Board of Elections Chairman Ben Johnson over his claims that Joe Biden “is an illegitimate president” and the fact that Johnson “has called for banning electronic voting machines.”
A picture perfect example of election denialism gone unchecked to the extent Republicans suffer is failed Democrat Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacy Abrams, who peddled stolen election claims after losing her run for office back in 2018. And when comparisons are drawn between Abrams’ stolen election claims about her 2018 run for office versus Trump and his supporters’ claims regarding the 2020 election, Abrams claims the two cases are “very different.”
Democrats and their allies in the media get to play this game without any sort of backlash – when their party is at risk of losing an election or outright loses one, then they get to bullhorn claims of election interference or manipulation. But whenever Republicans make the same assertions, Democrats and the media cry foul and label perpetuators of said claim as being a threat to democracy.
It’s a sort of psychological and information warfare being perpetuated by the left and the institutions backing them – promoting claims of election fraud or interference to their base when convenient, then labeling Republicans who raise concerns of such as being untrustworthy election deniers.