Hard to Trust The Media's Political Coverage After Texas

The blue wave the media promised did not sweep across Texas. There are GOP concerns, but nothing like predictions made.

I don't mean any hyperbole in that statement. Seriously.

For the last week, we have been treated to what used to be a near uniquely Georgia phenomenon. Every year the media does stories about Georgia finally turning blue and every year it does not happen. There has always been a "but Texas" angle to these stories, but the media has tended to dismiss them.

This year, and really in the past week or two, the media has gone full on with "Texas is turning blue." You've heard the stories. There was a massive, record breaking surge of Democrat votes in the Texas primary. In parts of the state that had never seen such a wave, the Democrats were surging ahead and the GOP was panicked.

These stories made their way through newspapers and television channels shaping coverage. Republicans I talked to in Texas were starting to get nervous at the stories. Republicans in DC were concerned they were missing something they hadn't seen as television anchors on news networks were telling people about this phenomenon and polling analysts on Twitter were talking about it.

Turns out it was not to be. Texas Republicans overwhelmed Democrats. The massive voting turnout turns out to have been in just fifteen cities in Texas. That will still impact the GOP to be sure. There are swing districts that will be affected. The GOP could possibly lose a handful of seats in Texas in November given the Democrats in suburban areas.

But the media coverage has focused extensively on the last days of Ted Cruz. He was going to be beaten. Again, this is a very familiar narrative in Georgia where only a couple of months ago the Politico did a story about the Democrats' plans to turn Georgia blue this year. They did the same story a few months earlier with the Karen Handel special election against Jon Ossoff. The New York Times did a similar story a few years ago as Jason Carter and Michele Nunn looked set to beat Nathan Deal for Governor and David Perdue for the Senate. They were assisted by a few pollsters you've never heard of who were happy to generate polls showing the press what the press wanted to show.

Here too, pollsters in Texas have been willing to generate polling to show Democrats exactly what they wanted to see. The media helpfully regurgitated the polls as gospel.

But we have the real data now. We have the votes. The votes show Texas is still an overwhelmingly Republican state with an energized Republican base. Even with the supposedly massive, historic surge of Democrat votes, Republicans still outpaced Democrats by several hundred thousand votes. It does not mean there are not issues the GOP must pay attention to. But it does mean the media has lost even more credibility in its willingness to run with nonsensical spin and both fake news and fake polls.

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Diane L
Diane L

By saturating this country with immigrants the Clinton/Obama machine tried to take over USA via our elections. Their Globalist plan ( world ruled by those few who live like kings and the rest of us their slaves) was interrupted by Trump. He knows the plan and is doing everything he can to stop it to keep America and American citizens safe and great again.

Diane L
Diane L

We are fighting to stop socialism/globalism taking over America. Obama/Clinton’s plan was to saturate US with immigrants , like EU , and by using our voting system, systematically taking over this country. Trump knowing this is doing everything he can to save this country from a global takeover!

MarkBerwind
MarkBerwind

Well, some people bought into the game the Democrats played in the Alabama election. I'll bet there is more faux outrage after this news story is over. You keep reading the crap the media publishes, the more the faux outrage. Try walking away from what they write. You already knew they did this.

monster
monster

BTW, that is an absolutely disgusting thought that a group of LEGAL citizens cannot get ID. That truly shows the real racism of the D party.

monster
monster

Who cannot get access to government issued IDs? That is a bigoted D talking point that minorities are not smart enough to get an ID. I call BS on you.