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When the press went to war with Georgia

Perhaps you’re a business owner outraged by Georgia’s new electoral law, but you don’t know how to turn your business into a tool for left activism. Fortunately, CBS News is here to help.

On Friday, the news agency promoted a report by CBS Money Watch reporter Khristopher Brooks with the efficient headline: “Three Ways Corporations Can Help Fight Georgia ‘s restrictive new electoral law.” The article pointed out how American corporations can join the fight, including stopping donations to certain undesirable individuals within the Georgia , advocating this and other similar laws with the look of a letterhead, and supporting the increasing federalization of National elections.

The article came under attack for blurring the line between reporting policy outcomes and searching for them, and CBS soon revised the offensive headline into something more passive. But the shame this outlet was exposed to must have been a surprise. CBS has only contributed to one project that has had much of the political press involved for weeks.

Despite claims by activists that the law is the return of de jure segregation – “Jim Crow 2.0,” they insist – there is now no excuse to hold on to that interpretation, as if it is outside the scope of the debate lie.

Notwithstanding President Joe Biden’s regular claims to the contrary, we now know that Georgian law does not “end voting hours early so that people cannot cast their votes when their shift is over”. It expands them. It does not limit the number of early election days to an absurd level – it actually extends them beyond what many northeastern states allow. No attempt is made to limit the number of dispensing boxes – it codifies this pandemic-related innovation into law and makes it available to districts based on their population. Voters at a polling station are not refused water (self-service water containers can be provided by the polling station). It prevents outside groups and from distributing gifts, including supplies, to voters a certain distance from a polling station or line to one, which is not uncommon. What remains are activist claims about the immorality of voter ID requirements and bans on pop-up voting sites – two controversial proposals that we have debated for years.

The details of Georgia’s electoral law are so mundane on scrutiny that it is difficult to avoid shutting down the pace the press is displaying in its efforts to disseminate misinformation (which invites a series of embarrassing corrections in the process) has been a tactic . Far from merely recording political conflicts, the media decided to follow them up.

On Monday morning the New York Times explained the “desperate” efforts by activists to garner support for a boycott in Georgia. The key to this activism is that Times reported that was New York Times. The mailing describes an attempt to gather support for a boycott campaign led by former American Express CEO Ken Chenault, among others. He and others wrote an open letter that read “as a full-page advertisement in The New York Times“And what followed were widespread condemnations from the state by companies like Delta Airlines and Coca-Cola.

But what about the entertainment industry? As the Los Angeles times noted, “Hollywood studios have been largely quiet about Georgia.” Noticeable. “Disney, Netflix, Amazon Studios and NBCUniversal declined to comment or did not respond” to inquiries for the Peach State divestment. But “it can only be a matter of time” that LAT Continuation. “When a great player swings in response to the electoral law, expect others to follow quickly.” And while the Georgia film industry has cut costs, “restrictive electoral laws threaten to turn the state into a” pariah, “” Deadline Hollywood reported. After all, “democracy requires a fair and democratic vote,” noted the venue for entertainment reports. And it seems clear that stubborn lawmakers will only be rejected if the studios show solidarity and clarify the risk. ”

Activists have had the greatest success in the world of sports. Last week in March, Tony Clark, director of the Major League Baseball Players Association, told him Boston Globe that he was “very aware” of calls to boycott the state. Although he hadn’t spoken to the league about or the location of the all-star game in the state, Clark said, “If there is an opportunity, we’d look forward to that conversation.”

Somehow, ESPN Sports Center host Sage Steele translated that less than definitive statement into saying that Clarke was “looking forward to moving the Atlanta All-Star game” in protest. When asked if he was okay with Clark’s apparent support for a change of venue, Steele’s interlocutor, President Joe Biden, said he would do so. “This is Jim Crow about steroids, what they are doing in Georgia and 40 other states,” Biden said in a self-refuting claim. “I would strongly support you in this.”

What should MLB do? The President of the United States had made his on this private institution clear. And within hours, MLB announced its intention to move the all-star game out of the greater Atlanta area. “The move was a warning to Republicans in other states trying to restrict voting,” the said New York Times reported, “and is likely to put new pressure on other organizations and companies to consider pulling the business out of Georgia.”

It’s one thing to keep your finger on the pulse, but it’s quite another to exert such pressure that your entire circulation is throttled. In its coverage of the Georgian electoral law, the press not only ran with a misleading presentation that corresponded to the agenda of a political party, but actively and passively advanced that agenda with a reporting style that is virtually indistinguishable from lobbying. The incredible success of this campaign ensures that this tactic is used again.

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