Sat 2020-11-07 20:42
I was surprised to see the mainstream media launching a wall-to-wall "Biden has won" campaign today, and I'm very concerned about potential outcomes from such a move. My concern is not that Biden has (in fact) won the Presidential election. At this point, I consider that the most likely outcome of this election. And whether or not he was my preferred candidate, as an American, if Biden is duly elected to office I will recognize his granted authority and support him in his role as the country's leader.
That said, this election is still contested and President Trump has not yet conceded the race. Legal actions are heading to the courts this coming week, one or more recounts may take place, one or more investigations at the State level may take place, and the results of those actions are far from predetermined. So what happens if - against all odds - President Trump is later determined to have won the election after all?
I feel like what is happening right now is that the mainstream media (and social media) are orchestrating a coup d'état by announcing Biden's victory ahead of any court proceedings. I would even say that the media are in effect assembling a weapon of mass destruction based on the anger, frustration, and even hatred held by (apparently) half the country. A weapon they plan to use in a twisted scenario of mutually assured destruction.
The media has presented Trump with an ultimatum: "pursue this election with the courts if you like, but if you win now you will throw the country into chaos."
Already, we are seeing outpourings of relief that Trump has lost, celebratory adulation of Biden and Harris, and exclamations from the left that "the nightmare is finally over!" If the election outcome is somehow reversed and Trump does win another term, the backlash of that result would then be a hundred fold worse than that which would have occurred had the race not been called for Biden in advance. That weaponized emotion will tear this country apart to such a degree that the last four years will look like a church picnic disagreement over who made the best potato salad. I do not think that it is beyond the realm of possibility that we could be faced with an actual insurrection in such a scenario.
The media is making the gamble that Trump would rather concede than be the cause of such a conflagration. Which is a dangerous gamble, I think.
Regardless of who you support to win the Presidency, do you want to endow the media with the power to decide elections by journalistic fiat? Corporate-controlled media outlets are not one of our three branches of government.