CNN’s Milk Report: Why Right-Wing Disinformation Will Always Be Amplified by Mainstream Media



12 gallons of milk was my last drop. CNN’s widely mocked report maybe broke me. It appeared that just minutes after the clip of a Texas family grappling with this impact of inflation went viral, it was denounced by House Republicans on Twitter:

The report suggests a 40% increase in milk prices compared to (presumably) last year. Not only is this not true, but prices are down, in nominal terms from a peak in 2007. To be fair, it’s pretty clear that some prices are going up. But so are the salaries. Overall household debt has also fallen. So I don’t make fun of the family or their milk intake. I laugh at CNN for presenting these outliers of caricatured proportions as a typical family and representative of the middle class. And I don’t like the scarcity of reports on food insecure families. CNN could have interviewed people entering and exiting a Kroger about how they feel about stimulus checks when shopping. They could have stopped to talk to a clerk or a bagger in the store. Instead, they prefabricated a shopping trip using a family whose situation was not at all representative.

CNN omitted this critical information on the impact of the child tax credit and said nothing about the struggle of Progressive Democrats to extend these benefits to help families. This is how narratives that demand bad policies settle – on the “delusional left-wing propaganda machines” that Republicans like to complain about.

In Virginia, for example, days before Republican Glenn Youngkin won the governorship with a closing message banning the teaching of critical race theory in public schools, the New York Times gullible the profile of ‘a supposed “Voter Hillary-Biden” who planned to support the GOP. . Turns out the guy is a frequent Republican Party donor who has written several articles for his local.

The continued gullibility of the media is why a right-wing agent has managed to turn bad faith and ignorance into an absurd bogeyman.

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The outrage that propelled Youngkin to victory was based on a lie. While the Republican promised to dictate what is and isn’t taught in Virginia schools, Youngkin didn’t win because he called for a ban on Toni Morrison. Rather, the biggest story that motivated Republican voters in Virginia involved a sexual assault that was first reported and distorted by Ben Shapiro’s Daily Wire in a right-wing attack on gender-neutral bathrooms. The basic premise later turned out to be a lie, but by then everyone from Loudoun County to Los Angeles had seen the story as part of the right-wing push to create a panic trans.

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It’s hard for the mainstream media to admit that Republicans almost always lie, from the party leader to the man in the street. It is very good. But the GOP hasn’t done a substantially good thing in 30 years. The press could at least reflect on why they are still salient despite this. Republicans in Virginia rigged their primary, forcing the main Trump candidate to drop out. When pundits fail to mention the likelihood that, given the choice, Republican primary voters would have picked the most overt Trumpian candidate, undoubtedly leading to the general election defeat, they are allowing Republicans to hide the growing undemocratic streak of the government. GOP.

The pandemic has proven that the GOP is as close to a death cult as a large political party can be. Republicans are now fighting to claim slavery did not have lasting effects while simultaneously suppressing black voters and fighting the Police Justice Act. Republicans are trying to gerrymander Ohio, where Trump won 53% of the vote, to hold 86% of the legislature seats. In Wisconsin, where Trump got just 49% of the vote, they are trying to win 75% of the seats, and up to 78% of the seats in North Carolina, a state Trump won with less than 50% of the vote. voice. In response, Democrats plan to carve out an additional district to which they are proportionately entitled in Illinois. It’s hard now, baby!

Meanwhile, the moderates are busy pointing fingers at the Democratic base.

“We don’t have the numbers FDR had or Lyndon Baines Johnson had to push through major and major legislation,” West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin said Thursday, echoing sentiments shared by Conservative Democratic Representative Abigail Spanberger of Virginia, who lambasted Biden after Democrats lost the gubernatorial post: “No one elected him to be FDR” Curiously absent from their post-election comments was a mention of how the centrists pushing the President Joe Biden’s agenda to the right in an ugly sausage-making battle is probably bad policy. (Seeing Manchin driving his Maserati truck through a crowd of protesters demanding his support for four weeks of paid vacation is certainly a sight to behold.)

One of the reasons voters might be skeptical of Biden’s Build Back Better bill while supporting specific policies contained in the package could be that moderate Democrats themselves are publicly attacking them without offering a convincing alternative. . Of course, there is a political polarization involved, and the fact that asking people to pay for social spending usually leads to negative reactions, but a very underrated factor is that so many people support these programs and also think that some people don’t deserve them. Often this distinction is drawn along racial lines.

Democrats have sent everyone checks this year, quickly distributed miracle vaccines to anyone who wants them and, in Virginia in particular, passed and signed a law making Virginia the first southern state to legalize marijuana. . Politics hardly count in elections. Everyone wants these things until election day when many people decide these things are evil communism from hell. Propaganda is hard to fight with nuances and facts, especially when legitimized by mainstream media.

Despite exhaustive reports of the complete radicalization of the Republican Party, often by their own reporters, the editorial pages of major newspapers across the country too often proclaim that the real problem plaguing this country is what happens at an academic conference or d ‘a technical seminar, not the movement to supplant election officials across the country with followers of Donald Trump or ban books that dare to teach black children’s experiences. So the fact that the press is giddy about spreading bad news about Democrats is no surprise. It is nonetheless infuriating, however, that the press is generally indifferent to why exactly the corporate Democrats who get big money from the industry would work so hard to overturn legislation championed by the chief executive. their party – legislation designed to make the cost of living (not just milk!) more affordable for more people.

The only path Democrats have for a counter-narrative is to fully embrace class warfare and explicitly call the messages and narrative of racism to the root of the GOP-media business coalition. Instead of abandoning identity politics, they must forge a winning identity: to be pro-worker. Fight for justice. Hold Trump accountable.



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