There is no doubt that the 2020 election will not be the “big night” that the networks predicted. So far they have blamed America for ‘being more racist than they thought’ or voter suppression to explain why the Democrats have not have a wave election. There is another explanation … the media was wrong.
Obviously that is not something CNN can openly admit, but it is evident that they got the election wrong. Abby Phillip, a CNN contributor had no explanation for why the Republican Party was still competitive:
“You have a President who is very unpopular. You have an economic downturn that has affected millions of Americans. In that environment you see so many Republican Senators hanging on. So many Republican Congress people hanging on and some Democrats even in seats undecided who are — these seats are too close for comfort for many Democrats. These are Democrats that I think national Democrats expected to survive and may not survive this cycle.”
Phillip was right when she said some soul searching was needed after this election. She said it was the Democrats that needed it, but it is evident it is the media. Even if the election is called for their preferred candidate Joe Biden, it was not the blow out that they were predicting.
Later in the segment, Brianna Keilar was brought on to bemoan the results that have already been given, which show a divided government regardless of who wins the Presidency. Keilar complained: “We’re in the middle of a pandemic. They have been unable to come to agreement on stimulus, that is supposed help is expected to buoy Americans who are hurting very much economically.”
Why is it that CNN only wants the will of the American people to be heard when it aligns with what they want? Now they are complaining about what the American people have said they wanted.
Rather than face up to their mistake and apologize to the American people, CNN continues to make excuses and complain that they didn’t get their way.
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A transcript of the November 4th Coverage is included below:
Election Day in America
1:26 PM ET
ERIN BURNETT: Brianna, stay with us. This is part of the big story here. Abby Phillip, you know, this was – Democrats have expected this blue wave. They talked about it in the polls, in the Senate. They didn’t have to defend many seats. They had a lot of seats up that were competitive. They expected to take the Senate and that is not what we are seeing at all. Unchanged.
ABBY PHILLIP: No, not at all. I think that this is going to be one of the bigger stories out of the cycle. Putting aside what happens at the presidential level Republicans were the underdogs in this cycle. This is an extremely unfavorable environment to be running as an incumbent Republican in either the Senate or the House. You have a President who is very unpopular. You have an economic downturn that has affected millions of Americans. In that environment you see so many Republican Senators hanging on. So many Republican Congress people hanging on and some Democrats even in seats undecided who are — these seats are too close for comfort for many Democrats. These are Democrats that I think national Democrats expected to survive and may not survive this cycle. A lot of soul searching, I think, for Democrats about what happened here. In some cases, it seems Republicans are either performing as well as Donald Trump or outperforming him in some places. They are not able to have some of the negativity they tried to put on Donald Trump stick to some of the other Republicans who are also running.
BURNETT: Which is so fascinating. Brianna, let’s just take South Carolina. South Carolina. The amount of money that went into South Carolina to take down Lindsey Graham, Jamie Harrison race, $57 million, the largest single quarter total by any candidate in U.S. Senate history. I mean, it was incredible the money that was going in there. It did not pay off. Terrible investment in terms of your return on that, Lindsey Graham. So what does that tell you?
BRIANNA KEILAR: You know, we’re seeing that over and over. You can see that in Maine, which we just discussed. We’re seeing that in South Carolina. We’re seeing the money didn’t always make the difference. I think the real question now is what does this mean depending who is the next President, what does this mean for Americans? Because we have seen a deadlocked congress at a time when Americans are in extreme need. Right? We’re in the middle of a pandemic. They have been unable to come to agreement on stimulus, that is supposed help is expected to buoy Americans who are hurting very much economically. What does that mean? If Joe Biden becomes President, divided congress. If Donald Trump remains president, he’s also facing a divided Congress. What it’s going to mean, in order to get anything done, they are going to have to compromise. We’ve seen no appetite for that. This is a big challenge ahead in this divided country.
PHILLIP: I would argue this result just the way it shows how divided the country is is going to make it even harder for there to be compromise. Republicans looking at what they are seeing tonight really are not going to see any incentive to stray further from the party ideology that has been set out by Donald Trump because they are surviving because of President Trump today.
BURNETT: Thank you both very much. Of course, if Joe Biden manages to hold onto his lead, that is exactly what he campaigned on, dealing with compromise and working across the aisle. That will be fully tested, Anderson, if that is what transpires.