The media have been obsessing for the past year over the Jan 6 Capitol Hill Riot. Now, they are using the one-year anniversary of the incident to push for unprecedented and broad election reforms.
Democrats wouldn’t be foolish to use this occasion to their political advantage. They’ve used it to justify federalizing America’s elections. Their media friends quickly filled the area with news articles and television segments in support of the party.
You can see the shocking January 6th activism of media outlets in the video.
A January 1st began the media barrage. New York Times piece by the paper’s editorial board, titled, “Every Day Is Jan. 6 Now.” The authors hyperventilated:
Jan. 6 is not in the past; it is every day… the Republic faces an existential threat from a movement that is openly contemptuous of democracy and has shown that it is willing to use violence to achieve its ends.
The article’s central thesis consisted of three key points: That election reforms carried out by Republican-led state legislatures continue the January 6, 2020 mentality; the fact that American democracy has been in serious peril; and the need to adopt the broad federal electoral reforms that were proposed by Congressional Democrats. These were the main points that the media would discuss on the subject, and the journalists have been following them faithfully for the past week.
Only a few days after the Times piece was published, NBC political director Chuck Todd was sounding the alarm bells on Meet The Press: “You got one party that’s being led by Trump here that seems to be trying to delegitimize our democracy.” In a later segment, PBS reporter Yamiche Alcindor added: “Overall, what we’re seeing is a fragility of American democracy and Americans really not quite, I think, grasping how dangerous this is.”
Boston Globe journalist Kimberly Atkins Stohr directly connected the Capitol Hill riot to election reform on the January 3 edition of MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports: “There’s a direct through-line between what we saw on January 6th and this issue of voting rights. I’m surprised that it took a year after this attempted coup at the Capitol for the President to really focus in on this, but these two things really go hand in hand.”
The following day on CNN’s Inside Politics, Daily Beast Washington bureau chief Jackie Kucinich warned darkly: “January 6th never ended in a lot of ways. It’s ongoing.”
With the 6th now upon us, Americans are in for a day jam-packed with cynical political gamesmanship and overtures about Our Democracy™.
But don’t expect the press to stop haranguing about the Capitol riot once the fight over election laws is gone from the news cycle. January 6 has been the media’s favorite rhetorical cudgel for the past year, and they’re not likely to put it back on the shelf anytime soon.