Drive-By Media: ABC, NBC Take Shots at Texas Election Integrity Bill

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Late conservative radio icon Rush Limbaugh made the phrase “drive-by media” famous. And a prime example of that part of the liberal media’s nature showed up during the Sunday newscasts of ABC’s Good Morning America and NBC’s Sunday Today, where they provided ZERO information on a new Texas election integrity bill;  but yet they parroted President Biden by calling it “un-American” and an “assault on democracy.”

For ABC’s part, co-anchor Whit Johnson spent a measly 28 seconds on the proposed law. But it was all the time he needed to smear it:

We move to politics now, and Republican lawmakers in Texas trying to beat a midnight deadline tonight to pass what would be some of the toughest voting restrictions in the country. Known as State Bill 7, it’s expected to eliminate drive-through voting and cut back on voting on Sundays when many black churchgoers also vote.

Adding: “Republicans insist the move is to address voter concerns about election security. President Biden calling the bill ‘un-American’ and ‘part of an assault on democracy.’”

It’s worth noting that the liberal media once claimed Georgia’s election integrity law ban Sunday voting, but it didn’t.

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There was a similar deliberate lack of explanation of the bill on NBC, where White House correspondent Monica Alba insidiously juxtaposed the bill with Biden’s love for his late son Beau.

“The President set to deliver remarks at a veteran’s event this morning where he’ll also honor the memory of his late son Beau who served in Iraq and died of brain cancer six years ago today,” she said. “But he’s speaking out on another matter first as Texas Republicans finalized a bill overnight to make voting rules there even more restrictive.”

Further becoming a mouthpiece for the Biden administration, Alba added: “The President called the proposed law ‘an assault on democracy’ that is ‘wrong and un-American,’ while blasting similar measures in Georgia and Florida.”

Fill-in anchor and senior Washington correspondent, Hallie Jackson teamed up with NBC political director and Meet the Press moderator, Chuck Todd to suggest the Texas bill was a play to tilt the 2022 mid-term elections.

“You’ve got what’s happening in Texas with voting rights, you’ve got the now blocked January 6th commission. Both, I think it’s fair to say, right, relate to the 2022 midterms,” she prefaced. “Is it your sense, Chuck, that we’re at the point now where any action, any sort of discussion around this is beyond what happened legislatively on Capitol Hill and is related to sort of the reelection push?”

Todd touted himself as an “eternal optimist” as he prayed “Chuck Schumer is going to bring [the commission] up for a vote one more time.” And he went on to suggest that both of those political maneuvers should be taken into consideration on Memorial Day:

Think about the weekend, this is Memorial Day weekend. Yes, there’s a lot of people going to beaches, going to national parks, but also a weekend that we honor those whose lives were lost defending what? The American democracy.

Drive-by media indeed.

These attempts at misinformation and deception against their audiences were made possible because of lucrative sponsorships from State Farm on ABC and Sleep Number on NBC. Their contact information is linked so you can tell them about the biased news they fund.

The transcripts are below, click “expand” to read:

ABC’s Good Morning America
May 30, 2021
8:10:50 a.m. Eastern

WHIT JOHNSON: We move to politics now, and Republican lawmakers in Texas trying to beat a midnight deadline tonight to pass what would be some of the toughest voting restrictions in the country. Known as State Bill 7, it’s expected to eliminate drive-through voting and cut back on voting on Sundays when many black churchgoers also vote.

Republicans insist the move is to address voter concerns about election security. President Biden calling the bill “un-American” and “part of an assault on democracy.”

NBC’s Sunday Today
May 30, 2021
8:05:50 a.m. Eastern

MONICA ALBA: The President set to deliver remarks at a veteran’s event this morning where he’ll also honor the memory of his late son Beau who served in Iraq and died of brain cancer six years ago today.

But he’s speaking out on another matter first as Texas Republicans finalized a bill overnight to make voting rules there even more restrictive. The President called the proposed law “an assault on democracy” that is “wrong and un-American,” while blasting similar measures in Georgia and Florida.

(…)

8:07:21 a.m. Eastern

HALLIE JACKSON: So, you heard Monica talk about a couple of things that President Biden is speaking out about this weekend. You’ve got what’s happening in Texas with voting rights, you’ve got the now blocked January 6th commission. Both, I think it’s fair to say, right, relate to the 2022 midterms. Is it your sense, Chuck, that we’re at the point now where any action, any sort of discussion around this is beyond what happened legislatively on Capitol Hill and is related to sort of the reelection push?

CHUCK TODD: Well, look, I want to be, at least, an eternal optimist here, at least, this weekend and say maybe there’s — Chuck Schumer is going to bring this up for a vote one more time.

Think about the weekend, this is Memorial Day weekend. Yes, there’s a lot of people going to beaches, going to national parks, but also a weekend that we honor those whose lives were lost defending what? The American democracy.

And here we are on this weekend, the weekend that they’re all headed home to probably do a bunch of events today and tomorrow, these members of Congress. Will they this eat away at them? Right? Will this make them uncomfortable? And when this vote comes back, will there be another four to six Republican senators?

You and I both know they exist, that without Mitch McConnell twisting their arm, would have voted for this commission. Do they start to see how long-term damaging this could be if we do not have a commission where there is an agreed-upon, bipartisan set of facts?

And, right now, where we’re headed is to a partisan-led commission which will certainly surface plenty of facts but, obviously, those that will be a bit more subjective in how people digest those facts.

(…)

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