ABC, NBC Discover Close VA Governor Race, Rush to Prop Up Dem McAuliffe

ABC and NBC found the Virginia gubernatorial race between Terry McAuliffe (an institutional Democrat) and Glenn Youngkin (an outsider Republican). With the polls showing that they were in a dead heat, the networks took the McAuliffe talking points as they attacked Youngkin as if he was a Donald Trump miniature-me. At the same time, they ignored McAuliffe lashing out at Virginia parents for daring to try to have a say in their children’s education.

Samstag, NBC Nightly NewsMonica Alba, White House correspondent, gushed over former President Barack Obama’s stumping for McAuliffe. She then allowed him preach to her viewers.

ALBA! Former President Obama returns to the campaign trail today and rallies for Democrat Terry McAuliffe during the closely-watched political race of the year.

OBAMA: So, we’re in a turning point right now.

ALBA: A reminder to Virginians about how close the race for governor is.

OBAMA – Some of you just seem tired. [Transition]It’s impossible to not be tired.

ALBA: Monmouth Poll shows McAuliffe tied with Republican Glen Youngkin.

OBAMA: You’re going to decide this election and the direction of Virginia and the direction of this country for generations to come.

Fearing the “neck-and-neck” status of the race, Alba pitched McAuliffe to viewers as the “former governor of the commonwealth, running against a businessman backed by former President Trump.”

 

 

She followed up with a soundbite of the Democrat proclaiming: “Glen Youngkin is not a reasonable Republican.” But Alba didn’t share a similar swipe from the Republican. Instead she read a quote from the campaign that mocked the Democrats’ fear and urged them to get Obama.

NBC didn’t mention the topic despite education being a significant part of Virginia’s election. That’s because McAuliffe attacked parents during a September debate and suggested “I don’t think parents should be telling schools what they should teach.” It was a point he repeatedly doubled down on afterward until it started to hurt him in the polls.

ABC’s Good Morning America and correspondent Elizabeth Schulze were brave enough on Sunday to mention education, but omitted McAuliffe’s attack on parental rights and kept the focus on Youngkin’s opposition to Critical Race Theory:

SCHULZE: Youngkin is gaining ground in polls among women and independents. The former private equity executive and first-time candidate putting education front and center, making the issue with Critical Race Theory a rallying cry.

YOUNGKIN: Critical Race Theory, in fact, forces the division of people based on race, and it’s the exact opposite of what we should be doing.

SCHULZE: Republican voter Carla Lanzara says the message resonates with parents frustrated after more than a year of remote learning.

CARLA LANZARA (Virginia voter): For the first time in a very long time, parents saw what their children were learning and they were very concerned about it.

Schulze also gushed about Obama and parroted the anti-Youngkin talking points. “A fiery former President Obama stumping for Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe, a former governor who calls his Republican opponent Glenn Youngkin the Donald Trump of Virginia,” she said.

The omission of Terry McAuliffe’s attacks on parental rights and the smears against Glenn Youngkin were made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from CarMax on ABC and Fidelity and NBC. Their contact information is linked so you can tell them about the biased news they fund.

The transcripts are below, click “expand” to read:

ABC’s World News Tonight
October 24, 2021
8:13:26 a.m. Eastern

VICTOR OQUENDO: We turn now to politics. Democrats sending former President Barack Obama out on the campaign trail to beef up their chances in the tight race for Virginia’s governor. Republicans seeing that contest as a referendum on President Biden and his agenda. ABC Television Elizabeth Schulze is outside of the early voting location in Arlington, Virginia with more. Elizabeth, good morning.

ELIZABETH SCHULZE: Victor, good morning. We are less than two weeks out from Election Day here in Virginia, but this razor-thin race for governor is about more than just one state. It’s seen as a bellwether of the national political landscape.

[Cuts to video]

This morning, in the final stretch of a tightening race to decide Virginia’s next governor, Democrats bringing out one of their heaviest hitters.

BARACK OBAMA: You’re going to decide this election in the direction of Virginia and the direction of this country for generations to come. Don’t sit this one out.

SCHULZE: A fiery former President Obama stumping for Democratic candidate Terry McAuliffe, a former governor who calls his Republican opponent Glenn Youngkin the Donald Trump of Virginia.

TERRY MCAULIFFE (Democratic candidate): We cannot afford to return to the division, the culture wars, and the conspiracy theories.

SCHULZE: With early voting under way, a new Monmouth University poll of Virginia registered voters shows McAuliffe and Youngkin in a dead heat. Fivethirtyeight’s polling average finds the Democrat leading by just 2.5 points.

How important is the turnout in this race?

DONNA STOWE (Virginia voter): Well, this race it’s incredibly important. It’s always important.

SCHULZE. Youngkin has been gaining ground in polls of independent women. Former executive in private equity and the first candidate to run for office, Youngkin has made education a central issue and is making Critical Race Theory an important rallying call.

GLENN YOUNGKIN (Republican candidate): Critical Race Theory, in fact, forces the division of people based on race, and it’s the exact opposite of what we should be doing.

SCHULZE: Republican voter Carla Lanzara believes the message is a hit with frustrated parents who have been unable to learn remotely for more than one year.

CARLA LANZARA, Virginia voter: Parents saw their children’s learning for the first time since a long time and were concerned.

[Cuts back to live]

SCHULZE – Democrats worry that a defeat in Virginia could reflect their prospects in next year’s midterm elections. Whit

WHIT JOHNSON (English): Thank you Elizabeth Schulze.

NBC Nightly News
September 23rd, 2021
Eastern at 6:39 p.m.

JOSE DIAZBALART: This election is being closely followed this year. Many see it as a first indication of the outcome in the midterm elections. Obama’s star power was a major contributor to today’s effort. Monica Alba will now be running in Virginia for the Governor’s office.

[Cuts to video]

BARACK OBAMA: Hello Richmond!

MONICA ALBA – Former President Obama is back out on the campaign trail, supporting Democrat Terry McAuliffe today in what will be the most watched election of the year.

OBAMA: So, we’re in a turning point right now.

ALBA: A reminder to Virginians about how close the race for governor is.

OBAMA – Some of you just seem tired. [Transition]It’s impossible to not be tired.

ALBA: Monmouth poll shows McAuliffe is tied with Republican Glen Youngkin.

OBAMA: You’re going to decide this election and the direction of Virginia and the direction of this country for generations to come.

ALBA: McAuliffe’s 44th President. This is a major test before the midterm elections in 2022. The party at power is the key indicator, as it has lost seats in the past. In Virginia, President Biden continues to lose support for his job.

McAuliffe was a former governor for the commonwealth. He is currently running against a businessman who has been backed by President Trump.

TERRY McAULIFFE (Democratic Candidate): Glen Youngkin does not appear to be a rational Republican.

ALBA: Trump has not personally campaigned to Youngkin. Trump candidate for Republican Party has managed to keep his base motivated without alienating most of his supporters. His campaign slamming Obama’s appearance today as, quote, “calling in these big-name politicians to try to drum up support and enthusiasm in places where Terry McAuliffe has none.”

[Cuts back to live]

DIAZ-BALART : Monica now joins us. Are we expecting the President to return to the campaign trail for this election?

ALBA: McAuliffe’s President will gather on Tuesday to support him, one week before the polls close. Mr. Biden is expected to be at important summits overseas in the last days of this off year election. Jose

DIAZBALART: Monica Alba from the White House. We are grateful.

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