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Column: AP Acts Puzzled {That a} Democrat May Lose


Within the final days earlier than Election Day, the Related Press appears befuddled. One article was headlined “Biden simply received Virginia. Why is McAuliffe struggling?” Is that this actually a brain-teaser?

With the general public polls exhibiting a toss-up, AP’s Steve Peoples channeled the fears of Democrats that former Governor Terry McAuliffe may lose to first-time candidate Glenn Youngkin, and the “finger-pointing and handwringing has begun.” Did they overestimate the enchantment of McAuliffe’s expertise? And “McAuliffe’s hyper-focus on former President Donald Trump could not energize voters.”

For Republicans, that is the very best line: “A McAuliffe loss on Tuesday would reverberate throughout the nationwide political panorama, probably triggering all-out panic amongst Democrats.” AP just isn’t alone on this. Washington Put up columnist Dan Balz stated this, too, that “if McAuliffe have been to lose the race and even win narrowly, Democratic worries about 2022 would enhance dramatically.”

These journalists know Democrat panic. They will really feel it in their very own workplaces.  

The AP author admitted the apparent, that McAuliffe suffered when he “quipped” that “I don’t assume dad and mom must be telling colleges what they need to train.” That is particularly awkward since many dad and mom home-school or put their youngsters in non-public colleges – McAuliffe went to personal colleges, as did his youngsters. (AP didn’t point out that little private element.)

Youngkin was discussing dad and mom in Virginia objecting to requiring their youngsters to learn sexually specific literature – in a single case, the Toni Morrison novel Beloved, which incorporates harrowing scenes of rape and compelled fellatio.  

McAuliffe vetoed a invoice to permit not a “ban” on the e book, however to let college students “choose out” of specific supplies, which he one way or the other in comparison with censorship. “I am not going to let dad and mom come into colleges and really take books out, make their very own choice,” McAuliffe claimed within the debate.

This ties into precise sexual assaults within the excessive colleges of Loudoun County, however Peoples and different AP reporters sounded a notice of fearmongering in an October 25 story. It started “Glenn Youngkin needs voters in Virginia to listen to an pressing message: Your youngsters are at risk. In a speech in Northern Virginia’s suburbs final week, the Republican candidate for governor highlighted the murky case of a scholar who allegedly dedicated intercourse crimes in two space colleges.”

Murky? On the identical day, a Loudoun County decide dominated the assault occurred.

A fast search of AP archives in 2018 reveals their reporters by no means used the phrase “murky” to explain Christine Blasey Ford’s fully unproven prices of sexual assault by a teenaged Brett Kavanaugh. They did report “the conservative jurist’s prospects of Senate affirmation remained murky.”

Peoples and his AP crew added “Youngkin’s final-days concentrate on sexual predators in colleges, hardly a widespread subject, will check the boundaries of his suburban outreach,” and “Youngkin’s darkish message represents a brand new entrance in his monthslong push to restore the Republican Social gathering’s standing within the suburbs” after Trump.

You’ll be able to guess the AP didn’t describe the Democrats within the Kavanaugh hearings claiming rape was a “darkish message” or “hardly a widespread subject.”

AP did discover 32-year-old mother Briana Howard, who stated she usually votes for Democrats and voted for Biden final 12 months, however is now “supporting Youngkin due to his stance on training and her frustration with Democrats, who she feels have catered to lecturers unions as a substitute of households.”

This will underline why the AP reporters are so befuddled. They can’t think about {that a} father or mother may really feel at odds with lecturers unions, particularly Biden-voting dad and mom. They assume training is a stable “Democrat subject.” AP ought to have just a few Republicans within the newsroom to maintain them in higher contact.