The following is a PoliticusUSA editorial by Editor-in-Chief Sarah Jones.
President-elect Joe Biden received more votes than any other presidential candidate in history, but the Democrats did not expand the house as predicted or take back the Senate (until the Georgia runoff). This has resulted in endless “Democrats in disarray”. Yes, we've narrowly escaped the sweaty clutches of a would-be autocrat, and the press is already concerned about Democrats.
Greg Sargent pointed out on Twitter: "The Democrats are in the process of ousting an incumbent president with the biggest gain in votes since Obama in 2008, and they have rebuilt the Blue Wall, where experts predicted their deaths as they accelerated the expansion of the Sun Belt , and they are involved in disputes. ”
How did we get here?
The Columbia Journalism Review report found that right-wing narratives began printing on mainstream news before Trump took office.
There is evidence that mainstream news "has revolved around the right-wing media agenda". That didn't work out well for democracy. Fox News refuses to accept Joe Biden as elected President, and Donald Trump falsely claims that the election was stolen from him and instills suspicion about the democratic process for which this country has been so admired for two centuries. Trump's supporters, in fact his own son, smiled when his deputies suggested that Democrats be shot.
“Our own study of over 1.25 million stories published online between April 1, 2015 and Election Day shows that a right-wing media network that is anchored around Breitbart has developed as an independent and isolated media system, with social media as the backbone for the transmission of a hyper-used. Partisan's perspective on the world. This pro-Trump media sphere appears not only to have successfully set the agenda for the conservative media sphere, but also to have heavily influenced the broader media agenda, particularly coverage of Hillary Clinton. "
And I would argue that this paved the way for this very President – knowing that they had already helped his predecessor with grotesque biblical cave and flag-waving abuses, combined with a level of aggression that is only experienced by genuinely uninspired and unimaginative people watch was intentionally ignorant – Sarah Palin.
So they were warned. We were all warned.
Has there been any post-mortem in the mainstream media other than thinking about the Dems in a jumbled narrative they love to shoot in times of Republican troubles? Of course not, Donald Trump made her rich. Money makes the world go round. Greed brought us here. Corruption and greed and a corporate medium that is connected to shareholders rather than people.
The job of a journalist should be to ask the questions in order to serve the people and to hold those in power accountable. That's not what we're doing in this country, and there will still be a presidency of Joe Biden.
We have an access culture, a DC insider club and politics as sport when politics is indeed life and death for people, especially now.
People must be prepared to accept a cult leader and they have been aided by the uprising of right-wing, nihilist ideology through our media.
There is much work to be done to save this democracy, and this cannot be done by Democrats alone.
It won't happen overnight and it won't happen just because Joe Biden was chosen. People have to see the struggle they are up against and accept that no president can save them or this country, and no party alone can change what is broken.
The struggle for democracy never ends because evil always finds ways to seize power and abuse it, mostly behind a false religious mask with both hands in the taxpayer.
The good news is that Joe Biden is not just one of the first politicians to ever put forward climate change laws and one of two people behind the original law against violence against women, but at heart a decent man and a man the human. If this is legally possible from the President's office, Joe Biden will do everything possible to help the people of this country.
The Democratic Party has been advancing the agendas for the people for years only to get merged in the corporate media, he / she said that fighting with the Republican Party, which, if anyone missed it, is currently at war with the democratic system makes this country so admired all over the world.
The media is based on the horse racing drama model of eyeballs, clicks, and money – and democracy cannot be sustained like this because the truth is seldom served. This doesn't mean journalists don't do a great job in this structure – they are and it is company funded, which is important. But the way it's often served to the public is dull, corporate-interest tea with the deep pockets.
This fight is almost over, but the war continues and Donald Trump is going to incite the ugliest parts of it for years to come and our media will bite, bite, bite because he clicks clicks clicks clicks.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden will be in the White House trying to achieve things that will help the people who need it most, and spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi will lead the House Democrats (after the battle subsides and no, you can't win a race how esteemed MP Katie Porter wins her race in a reddish area across the country to give vital help to the people that Senator Mitch McConnell will happily move to the bottom of his list – he's already promised to obstruct a President Biden.
Democrats are not in a mess because the 2020 Democratic House losses are easy to explain. In 2018, the Democrats ousted Republicans in Republican boroughs due to a turnout advantage. Republicans in these red-leaning districts voted for Trump in 2020, and the House Democrats' first term lost.
Democrats need to stop trying to get the press to like them. You have just seen a press corps twist to appease a madman's mercury whims. Learn something from it.
We haven't even stacked our way through Trump's endless legal challenges as a cover to suckle his cult dry and of course the foaming ignorance of his true believers falling over from his Covid lies and still swallowing his Kool aid.
Four long years of Commander-in-Chief and the widespread uprising of his inhuman, sick incompetence later, and many of us see the country very differently than before.
However, this is by no means a failure of democratic politics, platforms or agendas. This was a battle for the souls of this nation, and they are fiercely contested. If it had been easy it wouldn't have been so terrible.
Democrats have just made history, which is the opposite of disorder. The real story here isn't that Democrats are arguing about why they lost house and Senate races, but rather why exactly the public doesn't know exactly who is trying to help them.
Ms. Jones is the editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
Sarah moderates Politicus News and is co-host of Politicus Radio. Her analysis has been featured on several national radio, television news and talk shows, as well as print media such as Stateside with David Shuster, as well as the Washington Post, Atlantic Wire, CNN, MSNBC, The Week, The Hollywood Reporter, and others.
Sarah is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.