Accuracy in Media


There is a blue wave coming in the November midterm elections, and there is nothing Republicans can do or are doing to stop it, according to several mainstream media outlets.

“Voter registration data suggests Democrats’ longed-for ‘blue wave’ will crash over Republicans in November,” reads the headline on NBC News. “President Trump’s party should prepare itself for an exceptionally difficult midterm election.”

Evan Siegfried wrote for NBC that the “outstanding question of the last two years – for which we’re soon to get an answer – is whether all the liberal rage at the election of President Donald Trump will actually lead to a ‘blue wave’ in the 2018 midterm elections.”

Siegfried cited a poll taken in September that found 57 percent of strong Trump supporters believe Democrats will not take back the House of Representatives and said “voters may feel no particular urgency to head to the polls in November. Denying the reality shown by the polls and screaming ‘fake news’ may well come back to bit the hand that fed it.”

Registrations are up across the country, and many of the voters are young, which has made “the biggest concern” among Republicans that the party is “in the midst of a demographic crisis” because women and millennials “are rejecting the GOP at record levels.”

The GOP, he writes, “cannot rely on their opponents’ supporters simply staying home.”

And it probably won’t matter what they think. “Despite President Donald Trump and his base’s sclerotic insistence that a blue wave isn’t real, the voter registration data clearly demonstrates a far more engaged electorate that is likely to break for Democrats.”

NPR chimed in along similar lines with “Voter Turnout Could Hit 50-year Record For Midterm Elections” by Domenico Montanaro, in which it reported voter turnout could be the highest for a midterm since 1966.

“In 1966,” he wrote, setting the narrative, “Democrats were the ones facing a backlash.” He does not say how he knows Republicans will face one this year.

He does say “the Trump presidency has spurred a high level of interest in the 2018 midterms” as “angry and frustrated Democrats, especially women, are looking to exact a measure of political revenge, as Republicans promise to stick with Trump.”

Montanro reports Democrats had a 78 percent in turnout in primary elections this year compared to 2014, that “a higher percentage of Democrats than at any other time in the past quarter-century told Pew they are more enthusiastic about voting than usual.” He noted only that “the level of interest in the GOP in 2018 is higher than in parties that were successfully overtaken by wave elections in the past.”

The story noted that “core demographic groups, like voters 18 to 29 and Latinos, are far less interested than core Republicans, like whites, men and older voters,” but noted even this could be a positive “if those low-propensity groups vote in higher numbers than in past midterms.”

Time published a story Thursday with a story chronicling the people behind the coming blue wave. “Some of these activists call themselves ‘the Resistance,’” wrote Charlotte Alter under “How the Anti-Trump Resistance KIs Organizing Its Outrage.” “Trump and his allies call them an ‘angry mob.’ On the ground it’s just called participatory democracy.”

Hundreds of thousands of Democrats, “allied with thousands of autonomous groups,” but not Republicans, the author implies, “are doing the grunt work of propelling their neighbors to the polls, using tactics tailored to their communities.” They are “trouncing Republicans in the race for campaign cash.”

It’s not that Democrats “are being pulled left,” the Time story states. “It’s more that Democrats are being pulled local.” The anti-Trump resistance – it is not explained how this is a local issue – “is ultimately more results-driven than ideological.”

Winning the midterms “is just the first step … Now these organizers are helping to build a new Democratic pipeline, nominating a historic number of women and people of color and repopulating state and local races with energetic young candidates.”




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