‘Homegrown Falsehoods’: Lib Media Target ‘Election Misinformation’ Before and During Election Day

November 8th, 2022 11:10 PM

The liberal media cranked the propaganda meter up to 100 before and during the midterm elections, warning that Big Tech was acting as a conduit for “election misinformation” and not censoring enough people for pushing “conspiracy theories.” 

“Days before the midterms, Twitter lays off employees who fight misinformation,” NBC News headlined in a Nov. 4 propaganda piece, laying the groundwork for claims that Big Tech wasn’t prepared to censor “misinformation” on social media in advance of what many were expecting to be a “Red Wave.” 

Shortly after 9 a.m. on Election Day, The Washington Post’s “Tech 202” newsletter reporter Cristiano Lima shared a reminder “to think twice before sharing unconfirmed reports, as none of us are immune to confusion.” Hours later, The New York Times rebuked “right-wing fraud claims” spreading online about Maricopa County, Ariz., in a Nov. 8 story.

And another slanted Election Day article by Bloomberg News framed “Arizona Republicans” as “election deniers” airing “baseless fraud claims over Arizona glitches” on Truth Social and other social media platforms. 

NBC News whined that mass layoffs at Twitter crippled the platform’s “misinformation” team just days before Election Day. A number of anonymous, self-reporting Twitter “employees” blasted their new boss, Elon Musk, for reducing the members of Twitter’s “curation team” dedicated to debunking so-called “misinformation” on the platform.

The Post claimed that “Election Days are rife with misinformation” and gave its readers a number of warnings to look out for on Nov. 8. “While the 2018 midterms were plagued by fears of new foreign disinformation campaigns disrupting the vote, experts this time are more fearful of unwitting participants and bad actors alike pushing familiar and homegrown falsehoods to stoke confusion,” Post reporter Lima wrote. 

As multiple videos and reports emerged of “printer issues” and other technical problems in Maricopa, The Times scolded Americans for exercising their free speech rights and sharing election-related concerns online.

The Times even claimed that Americans worried about “voter fraud” on social media were paranoid about mail-in ballots and peddled dangerous views in “right-wing media.” But the liberal outlet casually argued that the explanation for Maricopa County’s many problems on Election Day — according to the county itself — was that “printers were not making dark enough markings on the ballots.” 

Bloomberg News seized on a similar angle as The Times, claiming that “Arizona Republicans are seizing on technical problems with ballot tabulation machines in the state’s largest county to make unsubstantiated claims about the validity of Tuesday’s elections.” 

The outlet named for its owner, billionaire Democrat Mike Bloomberg, also slammed Republican politicians calling for voters to remain at polling places until ballot machines are fixed as pushing “conspiracy theories.” 

Arizona is also “the only state where all four major statewide candidates are election deniers,” Bloomberg whined. 

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