TIME is suddenly relevant again for the first time in many years. You see, the one-time icon of news reporting, now a routinely progressive propaganda online ghost, decided it was time for the Axis of Unethical Conduct-–the “resistance,” the Democrats, and TIME’s slice, the biased news media—to get credit for making sure Donald Trump was defeated by the weakest ticket ever to be offered by a major party in a Presidential election.
So the magazine’s editors admitted it. And they are proud. And gloating.
I had part of this figured out. Remember this post? I wrote,
the almost complete media embargo and denial of the Hunter Biden laptop story in the days approaching the election was the latest and, arguably, the final and most effective embodiment of the degree to which the deck was unethically stacked against President Trump.
I also quoted conservative pundit (and NeverTrumper) Conservative pundit Jim Treacher, who wrote in part, beginning by quoting himself from October:
“This isn’t about an election, or at least it isn’t for me. It isn’t about who you think should be president for the next four years (or as long as Joe holds up). It’s about national media outlets blatantly refusing to tell you the truth because they think they know who should be president. They don’t think you can make that decision for yourself.”
Well, they did it. They swept the story under the rug because they knew it was bad for the guy who wanted to replace Trump, and they didn’t care about anything but replacing Trump. They weren’t worried about integrity, reputation, professionalism, or anything else that might have kept them from lying.
To which I added,
How can anyone honest disagree with that conclusion? This is an integrity test for your Trump Deranged social media friends and relatives. Any response to this other than the per se ethically bankrupt, Bill Maher-style, “Yeah, well, I don’t care. Anything to get Trump out of the White House, even news manipulation, public deception and more, is fine with me” proves they are either incredibly gullible or too stupid to flee approaching lava.
Well, I was wrong about that last part. A disgusting number of my Trump Deranged social media friends are just corrupt now. They realize the election was rigged, or fixed, or manipulated—pick your favorite word—and they don’t care. They are glad. Like TIME, they believe the ends justify the means.. Even if the means involves undermining democracy.
Ace of Spades, who is usually too much the conservative commando for me, does a nice job explicating what TIME’s exposé means. (His comparing the story to Jack Nicholson’s villainous colonel admission on the stand that he did order the Code Red in “A Few Good Men” is spot on.)
Leftwing “journalist” — really, a Democrat operative with a press pass — Molly Ball brags about how she and her friends rigged an election to ensure the “proper outcome,” as one of her buddies says.
“It was all very, very strange,” Trump said on Dec. 2. “Within days after the election, we witnessed an orchestrated effort to anoint the winner, even while many key states were still being counted.”
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. Both surprises were the result of an informal alliance between left-wing activists and business titans. The pact was formalized in a terse, little-noticed joint statement of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and AFL-CIO published on Election Day. Both sides would come to see it as a sort of implicit bargain inspired by the summer’s massive, sometimes destructive racial-justice protestsin which the forces of labor came together with the forces of capital to keep the peace and oppose Trump’s assault on democracy.”
The Establishment of the GOP takes all of its cues — and a lot of money, coincidentally — from the Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber of Commerce wants absolute corporate sovereignty with zero accountability, and the GOP takes their paychecks and gives them their political payoffs.
“The handshake between business and labor was just one component of a vast, cross-partisan campaign to protect the election–an extraordinary shadow effort dedicated not to winning the vote but to ensuring it would be free and fair, credible and uncorrupted.“
Here’s what they did before the election, according to Time:
“For more than a year, a loosely organized coalition of operatives scrambled to shore up America’s institutions as they came under simultaneous attack from a remorseless pandemic and an autocratically inclined President. Though much of this activity took place on the left, it was separate from the Biden campaign and crossed ideological lines, with crucial contributions by nonpartisan and conservative actors. The scenario the shadow campaigners were desperate to stop was not a Trump victory. It 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.“
“Their work touched every aspect of the election. 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.“
Like censoring the Hunter Biden story.
“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.”
No, this “public awareness campaign” was designed to prep the public for the key Democrat cities to go dark for five hours and then suddenly discover tens of thousands of Biden votes. They prepped the public to believe this was normal and legal — and inevitable.
“After Election Day, they monitored every pressure point to ensure that Trump could not overturn the result.“
They mean: They made sure Trump could not bring their election-rigging to wide public attention.
“For Trump and his allies were running their own campaign to spoil the election. The President spent months insisting that mail ballots were a Democratic plot and the election would be “rigged.”
You literally just crowed about how smart the left was (along with its corporate allies on the pseudoright) to rig the election.
“His henchmen at the state level sought to block their use, while his lawyers brought dozens of spurious suits to make it more difficult to vote an intensification of the GOP’s legacy of suppressive tactics.“
By “suppressive tactics,” you mean checking signatures, which the left turned off for this election. They mean illegally accepting ballots without a signature. They mean illegally accepting ballots without a postmark, and illegally accepting ballots with a postmark past the legal deadline.Any effort to screen out illegal votes is, to the left, “suppressive tactics.”
It is astounding that Trump and Republicans weren’t better prepared for this, and in some respect their loss was a failure of political skill. Trump’s lack of rhetorical precision was fatal: he sensed that something hadn’t been right and that he lost on an uneven playing field. But the only description he could come up with was “voter fraud,” while claiming that he had in fact won. As TIME’s story makes clear, the “cabal” had succeeded before a vote was cast.
The nice thing is that it’s part of the cabal telling the story now, so it can’t be dismissed as another “right wing conspiracy theory.”