ABC, CBS, NBC Cheerlead for Election Power Grab By Democrats

The network broadcasts brought out their pom-poms on Tuesday night to cheer on President Joe Biden’s divisive and angry speech in Georgia in support of his party’s election power-grab. 

While all three networks were sycophantic in their coverage of Biden’s speech, NBC Nightly News was the most flamboyant in their groveling towards Biden’s leftist election rigging agenda. With anchor Lester Holt opening the segment with references to the civil rights movement of the 1960s: 

From the cradle of the civil rights movement, President Biden today appealed to the lessons of history in his strongest call yet for the passage of voting rights legislation and announcing his support for an exception to the Senate filibuster rule in order to get it done.

Like the good Democrat Party propagandists that they are, all three networks played highlights of Biden’s speech and each of the network’s segments aired like they were the official stenographers of the White House. Over on CBS, senior White House correspondent Ed O’Keefe lied about the various election integrity laws in states throughout the nation that “places restrictions on voting.” 

At the end of the segment on CBS, O’Keefe reported that “some relatives of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jr. Say his federal holiday shouldn’t be celebrated on Monday unless Congress passes voting rights legislation.” 

Meanwhile, on ABC’s World News Tonight, chief White House correspondent Cecilia Vega also lied about Republican election integrity legislation, wailing that Republicans were “passing restrictive voting laws in the wake of former President Trump’s lies about a stolen election, taking aim at things like mail-in voting.”  

Vega even took the Democratic Party propaganda a step further by interviewing an African American woman named Bridget Muldrow who Vega claimed was a childcare worker.

Muldrow said she’s “heard the new term like the new Jim Crow 2.0 and it’s kind of seeming like that they’re trying to go backward.” Vega eagerly followed up by asking her the leading question to get the response she wanted “you feel like you’re being targeted as an African American woman in this state?” To which Muldrow replied that she indeed does and she doesn’t appreciate it.

Of course, there was no correction from Vega that Georgia indeed has more early voting days than many northern Democrat-dominated states.

During all of this gooey coverage, the networks omitted one BIG detail about the event Biden spoke at. This of course was the revelation that “voting rights” advocate and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams and other “voting rights” groups snubbed Biden’s speech. While Biden claimed there was a “scheduling conflict” with Abrams, reporting suggests that she doesn’t want to appear with Biden because of his cratering poll numbers

Regardless of the reasons why, it’s true that ABC and CBS both completely omitted this inconvenient fact. Credit where it’s due, NBC News did have time to squeeze that in during their drooling over the Biden speech. 

These examples of the media cheerleading for the Democrat Party agenda were brought to you by Downy (CBS), Otezla (ABC), and Salonpas (NBC). Their information is linked so you can let them know about the biased news they fund. 

To read the transcripts of each segment click “expand”: 

CBS Evening News 

1/11/2022

6:42:47

NORAH O’DONNELL: In the greatest democracy in the world, there’s currently a fight about how we should vote, setting up a possible showdown in the Senate, where Democratic leaders are giving a deadline– pass voting legislation by Martin Luther King Jr. Day next week, or rules in Washington could change. Here’s CBS’ Ed O’Keefe.

ED O’KEEFE: Speaking from the cradle of the civil rights movement, President Biden today said the need to pass new voting rights legislation is urgent.

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: I’ve been having these quiet conversations with members of Congress for the last two months. I’m tired of being quiet!

O’KEEFE: And he endorsed undoing U.S. Senate’s filibuster rule, requiring at least 60 votes to even debate certain legislation.

BIDEN: Protect our democracy, I support changing the senate rules, whichever way they need to be changed, to prevent a minority of senators from blocking action on voting rights.

O’KEEFE: In the past year, 19 mostly Republican-controlled states, have passed legislation that places restrictions on voting. Democrats want to mandate early voting and voting by mail in all 50 states and even make Election Day a national holiday. And a bill named for the late Georgia Congressman John Lewis would restore elements of the Voting Rights Act. Republicans nationwide are fiercely opposed.

GOV. BRIAN KEMP: But make no mistake, Georgia is ground zero for the Biden-Harris assault on election integrity.

O’KEEFE: Shifting his focus to voting rights presents risks to the president who needs support from Arizona’s Kyrsten Sinema and West Virginia’s Joe Manchin, but they’re resisting changes in the filibuster rule.

SENATOR JOE MANCHIN: We need some good rule changes to make the place work better but getting rid of the filibuster doesn’t make it work better. 

O’KEEFE: The President’s inability to win over Manchin and Sinema frustrates Georgia civil rights leaders like Cliff Albright who decided to skip the speech today saying Mr. Biden isn’t fighting hard enough. 

CLIFF ALBRIGHT: You can’t run on the presidency because you’ve got four decades in the senate and then you can’t whip two votes. That’s just not acceptable, right.

O’KEEFE: The President insisted it can be done. 

BIDEN: Keep the faith. 

O’KEEFE: Adding pressure on Democrats, some relatives of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Jr. Say his federal holiday shouldn’t be celebrated on Monday unless Congress passes voting rights legislation. The Senate Majority Leader said today he could hold votes on those bills as soon as tomorrow. Norah? 

ABC World News Tonight

1/11/2022

6:40:08 PM

DAVID MUIR: President Biden, meanwhile, late today in Georgia, issuing a call to action on voting rights in this country, urging the Senate to get it done, saying he will support changes in the Senate rules, changes to the filibuster on this issue. And telling Senators, including reluctant members of his own party, history will judge you on this issue. Our chief White House correspondent Cecilia Vega with the President in Atlanta.

CECILIA VEGA: In Atlanta, the heart of the civil rights movement, President Biden today visiting the grave of Martin Luther King Jr., later calling this a defining moment in history, demanding the Senate pass voting rights laws.

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: I’ve been having these quiet conversations with members of Congress for the last two months. I’m tired of being quiet!

VEGA: 19 states passing restrictive voting laws in the wake of former President Trump’s lies about a stolen election, taking aim at things like mail-in voting.

BIDEN: Voting by mail is a safe and convenient way to get more people to vote. So they’re making it harder for you to vote by mail. The same way I might add in the 2020 election, President Trump voted from behind the desk in the White House in Florida.

VEGA: The President specifically attacking Georgia.

BIDEN: It makes it illegal to bring your neighbors, your fellow voters food or water while they wait in line to vote. What in the hell — heck are we talking about? I mean, think about it. That’s not America. 

VEGA: Georgia also limiting boxes where voters like Bridget Muldrow can drop their ballots. The childcare worker saying she’s not sure how she’ll vote now.

BRIDGET MULDROW: Well I’ve heard the new term like the new Jim Crow 2.0 and it’s kind of seeming like that they’re trying to go backward.

VEGA: You feel like you’re being targeted as an African American woman in this state?

MULDROW: Yes. And I do not appreciate that.

VEGA: Today, for the first time, the President calling on Senate Democrats to change the Senate rules to allow them to pass voting rights legislation without any Republican support.

BIDEN: I believe that the threat to our democracy is so grave that we must find a way to pass these voting rights bills. Debate them. Vote. Let the majority prevail. And if that bare minimum is blocked, we have no option but to change the Senate rules including getting rid of the filibuster for this.

VEGA: But the reality is, not all Democrats are on board. Senators Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema standing firm in their opposition to doing away with the filibuster.

BIDEN: Each one of the members of the Senate is going to be judged by history on where they stood before the vote, and where they stood after the vote.

VEGA: And then, this warning.

BIDEN: So I ask every elected official in America — how do you want to be remembered? Do you want to be on the side of Dr. King or George Wallace? Do you want to be on the side of John Lewis or Bull Connor? Do you want to be on the side of Abraham Lincoln or Jefferson Davis? This is the moment to decide to defend our elections, to defend our democracy.

MUIR: Cecilia Vega, who was on the air with me this afternoon for this. And Cecilia there could be votes as early as tomorrow in the Senate?

VEGA: Senator Schumer announcing that today, David. We could see these votes as early as tomorrow. Now, in those bills, Democrats want to make Election Day a federal holiday, they want to allow the justice department to be able to police changes to voting laws in some states, but right now, David the bottom line, President Biden still does not have the votes in his own party to pull this off. Senator Manchin saying today, he is still opposed to eliminating the filibuster.

MUIR: Cecilia Vega live in Georgia tonight. Cecilia, thank you. 

NBC Nightly News

1/11/2022

7:01:53 PM 

LESTER HOLT: Good evening. From the cradle of the civil rights movement, President Biden today appealed to the lessons of history in his strongest call yet for the passage of voting rights legislation and announcing his support for an exception to the Senate filibuster rule in order to get it done. Speaking in Georgia, the President blasted recently passed state voting laws he says are meant to subvert the vote, allowing partisans, he said, to seek the results they want. The President has spoken on voting rights before, but a lack of action has left many in his own party disappointed. Today the President turned the spotlight on the Senate, where current rules remain a major obstacle toward passing legislation. Mr. Biden, throwing his support behind lifting the filibuster, declaring today the majority should rule in the United States Senate. Peter Alexander is at the White House. And Peter, the President’s call to action could be tested very soon. Walk us through it.

PETER ALEXANDER: Yeah Lester, that’s right. The top Senate Democrat says that he’ll call a critical vote on this as soon as tomorrow. President Biden needs Democrats to be united, but even before he left Washington today, he was dealt a major blow by a member of his own party. President Biden tonight casting this new voting rights push as a critical turning point for America.

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: Will we choose democracy over autocracy, light over shadows, justice over injustice? I know where I stand.

ALEXANDER: Framing today’s effort through the lens of the civil rights movement, the president in Atlanta first visiting martin Luther king jr.’s grave as well as the church where he preached. Asked if he has the votes to pass the bills.

BIDEN: Keep the faith.

BIDEN: I ask every elected official in America, how do you want to be remembered? You want to be on the side of Dr. King or George Wallace?

ALEXANDER: Despite threats of Republican retaliation, President Biden tonight endorsed a major change to long-standing Senate rules that would end the 60-vote requirement to avoid a filibuster, specifically on voting rights so that Democrats could approve that legislation alone with just 50 votes.

BIDEN: I support changing the Senate rules, whichever way they need to be changed to prevent a minority of Senators from blocking action on voting rights.

ALEXANDER: It’s a reversal for the President, who as a Senator spent decades defending the filibuster.

BIDEN (from 2005): At its core, the filibuster is not about stopping a nominee or a bill. It’s about compromise and moderation.

ALEXANDER: But moderate Democrat Joe Manchin earlier reiterated his opposition to changing those Senate rules, which would sink the Democrats’ efforts.

JOE MANCHIN: We need some good rule changes to make the place work better, but getting rid of the filibuster doesn’t make it work better.

ALEXANDER: Notably absent today, top Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams, citing a scheduling conflict. The Democratic legislation includes requiring all states to allow mail-in voting, making election day a national holiday, and loosening state voter I.D. Requirements. Republicans accuse Democrats of orchestrating fake hysteria.

SENATOR MARCO RUBIO: There is no widespread effort to suppress minority voting rights in America. It’s nonexistent. It doesn’t exist. And this has nothing to do with this. This has to do with power.

ALEXANDER: The President gambling on a new campaign for voting rights legislation without the votes right now to make it happen. Peter Alexander, NBC News, the White House.

BLAYNE ALEXANDER: I’m Blayne Alexander in Georgia, where organizers tell us it’s a race against the clock to pass Democrats’ new voting legislation.

KENDRA COTTON (New Georgia Project COO): Democracy hangs in the balance.

ALEXANDER: But they’re worried President Biden is speaking up too little, too late. His Georgia trip marks a return to the state that gave Democrats the Senate majority, but he’s being met with an icy reception from some of the very organizers behind those victories. While some voting rights activists are in attendance, others choosing to skip the speech, calling anything short of a concrete plan to pass Democrats’ legislation unacceptable, an empty gesture. Georgia has progressively become more Progressive, narrowly flipping for Biden in 2020 by less than 12,000 votes. Now the groups that helped drive record democratic turnout say to bring voters out again, it’s time for a return on their investment.

ALEXANDER: What is your biggest fear if this legislation does not pass?

COTTON: Our biggest fear is we have nothing to say to these voters as to why they should come out again in the midterms and make their voices heard because this administration has given us no — there’s no meat on the bone.

ALEXANDER: Tonight Republicans are defending Georgia’s controversial new voting law slammed by critics as voter suppression. Governor Brian Kemp says it’s the opposite. 

GOVERNOR BRIAN KEMP: Georgia’s elections integrity act makes it easy to vote and hard to cheat.

ALEXANDER: Last year, President Biden told Georgia Democrats electing two Democratic Senators would mean a green light for his agenda. 

BIDEN: The power is literally in your hands. 

ALEXANDER: Now the pressure is on from Democrats for him to deliver. And after the speech, some of those activists told me that they liked what they heard today, but they wanted to hear the President call out the holdouts in his own party. Lester?

HOLT: Alright, Blayne and Peter, thank you.

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