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CNN Allow Man Convicted Of Election Fraud To Spread Lies About Busloads Of Out-of-state Voters In NH

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There is a major problem in the 24 hour news media world.  They need to actually start reporting news and stop letting random people spew baseless accusations, and outright lies on cable television.

Take for example the recent CNN interview with Trump supporters.  The interview was intended to be about how Trump supporters feel about how Trump is doing now that he is President.  However, it did not go that way at all.

CNN explains the interview (VIDEO available at this link):

Despite President Donald Trump’s lack of evidence for his claim that millions of votes were cast illegally in last year’s election, some of his supporters are standing by the conspiracy theory.

A CNN “New Day” panel featured a handful of die-hard Trump backers to assess their views on his performance more than two months into his presidency.

One New Hampshire Trump voter, William Baer, said he saw “busloads of people” coming into New Hampshire to vote illegally. He did not provide specific details or evidence, but said he thought they were either undocumented immigrants or US citizens coming from other states.

When further pressed by CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, Baer said he can’t cite the busloads he’s seen and where he’s seen them, but said he saw them on television.

Josh Youssef, another New Hampshire voter on the panel, said he wouldn’t characterize it as “busloads and busloads” of people, but rather said he saw cars with out-of-state license plates full of people coming to vote, though he couldn’t provide any more details about them.

By allowing both of these men to outright lie about this, completely fabricated story of “busloads of people” from out of state voting in New Hampshire, on television just continues to provide validity to this outright lie.  The other thing that CNN either did not know, or forgot to mention, is that Josh Youssef was actually convicted of “election fraud” for his actions during the 2012 elections.

Miscellany Blue reported on this in 2013:

“The state determined that Youssef violated RSA 666:6 “by creating a blog that lead viewers to believe that it was in fact Ed Mosca’s blog or gave the false impression that Ed Mosca endorsed” his campaign.”

Lies like the magical busload of out of state voters is fueling the NH Legislature to push for new legislation like SB 3 that would strip people of their legal right to vote.

“Republican State Sen. Regina Birdsell, who represents Derry, Windham, and Hampstead, argued that voter law must be re-examined, especially strengthening residency requirements. “Our same-day registration laws have been opened up to the point that it’s basically a highway between Massachusetts and our polling places as far as I’m concerned,” Birdsell said.” (Eagle Tribune, December 4, 2016)

Granite State Progress, a New Hampshire based advocacy group,  is calling on Governor Chris Sununu and Republican State Senate and House leaders to stop feeding Trump and Birdsell’s claims of magic buses of voters by denouncing SB 3.

“Governor Sununu is enabling Trump to make these baseless claims, while Senate Republicans passed SB 3 based on this same damaging rhetoric even though Senate President Chuck Morse readily admits there is no problem. Politicians shouldn’t pass bills that jeopardize fundamental voting rights because of propaganda or the rants of sore losers,” said Zandra Rice Hawkins, executive director of Granite State Progress. “Sununu and Republican leaders in the Senate and House can prove they respect the integrity of New Hampshire’s elections by once and for all making it clear President Trump is off-base and that there is absolutely no wide-spread voter fraud here. Promoting SB 3 amounts to nothing more than feeding the hype and is a thinly veiled political attempt to target real Granite State voters who might vote differently than these politicians want.”

We all know that the only reason Republicans are pushing SB 3 and other voter suppression bills to make it harder for people to vote, lowering the overall vote count in the hopes of giving them an edge in elections.

We need our media outlets, like CNN, to spend less time talking with “so-called experts” and more time doing real investigative journalism. We need them to do more research on the people they are putting on screen and doing more to ensure their lies are not allowed to make it to air.

The Mainstream Media Pushes Labor Aside, Tell Me Something I Don’t Know

As a union member I am always overjoyed when I see an article in the paper that portrays  labor unions in a good light.  The problem is that most days I open the paper and have to read editorials that portray unions pooly.  Some of this is on purpose, others are due to the fact that they do not understand unions.

The Newspaper Guild (CWA-TNG) recently conducted a three year study to see how labor and unions were portrayed in the media.  The results, not surprising, were poor. They found that the media largely ignores labor, except to paint unions as a source of trouble in the American economy.

“Even in stories about labor or unions, the main sources relied on are external to labor or unions,” writes Professor Federico Subervi in a summary of the report. “Moreover, the discourse and framing continues to fault the workers and their representatives for any conflict or impasse, not the business, company or government.”

The study focused on the four major news organizations; ABC, NBC, CBS, and CNN.

Ultimately, over three years – 2008, 2009 and 2011 —  researchers  identified a total of only 141 stories among the four networks that focused on labor either primarily or secondarily. “Estimating that these networks collectively air approximately 16,000 news stories per year, the 141 news items about labor/unions represent less than .3 percent of their news inventory for the studied time period,” Subervi writes.

Looking back over the past four years there has been so much happening in labor.  The New Hampshire Labor News alone has published over 2900 blog posts.  Looking back at what has happened nationally this is all they came up with.

The report identifies six main narratives in the coverage:

1) union rallies and endorsements during the 2008 campaigns;
2) the 2007 Writers Guild strike that extended into early 2008;
3) the discussion and vote in Congress to authorize a bailout for the Big Three auto companies in late 2008
4) General Motors’ bankruptcy and reorganization in 2009
5) the Wisconsin protests
6) conflicts between state and local governments and their teachers’ unions spread over the three years.

Even with these six examples there would have been plenty of information and ample opportunity to show unions in a positive light.

Subervi found that the pattern of portrayal of unions was negative, with workers critical of unions more likely to be heard. “One clear example was the case of a production crew member who was losing income and having financial difficulties due to the lack of work during the Writers Guild of America strike,” Subervi writes. “But the news failed to have any statement pointing to the corporations’ failure to reach an agreement.”

Additionally, he found that news about labor and unions related to the field of education and the automobile industry included more governmental sources than labor sources. “The news treatment thus presents the government as the organized party willing to provide solutions, but not the labor/union negotiators,” he writes.

Where did we loose our grip on the mainstream media? Why does the media rely more on the politicians over unions?  It is not because labor is not putting out press statements.  During the Wisconsin protest, there must have been 20-30 press releases a day from labor unions and those who support labor.

So the fact is that if you want to find the truth about labor unions, you have to look under the mainstream media. And if your reading this then you have found it.  There are hundreds of labor bloggers who report on  every labor event, many contracts, and labor’s involvement in politics. We are members, who understand the difference between a BUE and CBA.  We use terms like PLA’s and know why they work.  I am tired of reading how workers are to blame for companies going bankrupt, and CEO’s are walking away with millions.  We all joined unions to have a voice in the workplace, and now we have to fight to have a voice in the media.

The truth is out there, it is just a little harder to find than the six o’clock news.

 

Read the executive summary of the report here

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