‘Democracy does die in darkness’ — meet the sponsors
The Washington Post inserted Democracy Dies in Darkness below its Page 1 banner shortly after President Trump took office in 2017.
The slogan’s timing left a clear message: The administration and president were a threat to our democracy.
It turns out the sponsors of the darkness are the corporate media/big tech conglomerate.
Our democracy is made up of real Americans. The legacy media divides us into political preferences and conservative or liberal leanings. Their stories assume we vote based on skin pigmentation, economic class or social standing.
These entities are supposed to represent all of our interests and ask our questions. They are supposed to earn patronage.
Darkness happens when they knowingly fail at that, producing a false narrative to achieve a result that benefits their thinking.
They refuse to put a presidential candidate through any vetting process, allowing him to literally hide in his basement. His obviously questionable ties to China? His son’s dealings that could compromise our nation? They go unchallenged.
That candidate gets to say “If you don’t vote for Biden over Trump, you ain’t Black” in one breath and accuse his opponent of being a racist in the next — with impunity.
Democracy dies when “journalists” refuse to harness the curiosity to question thousands of suspicious nuances in this presidential vote count.
How does a 50-year politician who ran almost no campaign get 15 million more votes than President Obama while his party teammates on the same ballots are losing race after race for congressional and senate seats? How does an incumbent president, under media siege his entire four years in office, garner 10 million more votes in his second campaign and still lose?
Darkness happens when fake journalists do not pursue thousands of people behind the affidavits questioning this election, people who have seen clear fraud, election tampering and suspect mail-in ballot handling.
Democracy dies when none of them will question anomalies in vote counting, tranches of ballots that 100 percent of the time award Joe Biden statistically suspicious vote margins, after-midnight swings that raise a myriad of computer tampering questions, thousands of votes with suspicious signature and dead-voter issues attached.
The legacy media’s response is “nothing to see here” without checking whether there really is nothing to see. When Philadelphia Mayor Bill Kenney smugly suggested three days after the election that Trump “should put on his big-boy pants and concede the election,” he should have been asked to put on his big-boy pants and explain what he has done about voting integrity in Philadelphia, which has become a national punchline synonymous with election corruption.
Instead, the media focuses on the Biden victory celebration and crafts questions about his socks, dog or sprained ankle.
And democracy dies.
Darkness happens when the media will not examine why 54 percent of those surveyed, including 34 percent of Democrats, tell pollsters they do not trust the results.
Twitter’s response, when the election is called what it is, is to ban a sitting president.
When that happens, democracy — and free speech — die.
Darkness happens when the big media won’t examine the legitimacy of the voting setup for the upcoming Georgia U.S. Senate runoff elections.
It happens day after day when networks give zero minutes coverage to stories like Biden’s ties to China and his involvement in the illegitimate Russia collusion investigation. About 10 percent of those who voted for Biden said, when polled, they would have voted differently if they had known about his son’s involvement with China.
Van Gordon Sauter, former president of CBS News when it was the emblem of journalism in the mid-1980s, said this year that journalists no longer consider objectivity, balance and fairness mandatory.
He should have been more specific. Those things were mandatory at the Sun-Gazette newsroom I worked in for 45 years.
But the legacy media is a bicoastal cocktail party of political activists who don’t challenge themselves to find out why 80 percent of the country’s counties voted for a man labeled a racist. If they would interrupt their self-congratulatory twitterfest and drive anywhere west of Pennsylvania and east of California, they would find out why these “deplorables” voted for someone they deem dangerous.
They did not feel that way in 2004, when CNN lauded Trump as smart, savvy and tough, but warm and caring.
Somehow, once he ran for office, after 70 years on the planet, he became a racist – while pushing policies reducing black unemployment to an all-time low and instituting permanent subsidies for historically black colleges.
A Morning Consult poll in April 2020 on media credibility among U.S. adults showed it dropped nine percentage points in the past four years to 51.2.
My heart and soul, which have given a lifetime to this profession, do not come with a credibility number. They come with a meter flashing red, indicating democracy is dying in darkness.
And my colleagues are sponsoring the darkness.
David F. Troisi is retired as editor of the Sun-Gazette.