By Kevin Tober
CBS’s Sunday Morning started off with their anchor Jane Pauley fearmongering that if Republicans win in the 2022 midterm elections, “democracy” could end in the United States. Plugging an upcoming segment by correspondent Robert Costa, Pauley fretted that “the very future of our democracy” is on the ballot in 2022.
“This past summer, it was looking like the Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v Wade might offer an opportunity to the party in power, the Democrats. But a more recent issue, inflation, could very well rule the day. And favor Republicans,” Pauley bemoaned.
Kicking off his report, Costa cried “hundreds of candidates for state and national office have denied the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election. And while crime and inflation dominate the headlines, many are sounding the alarm about what else is at stake in 2022.”
Turning to Michael Berkman who currently serves as president of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy, Costa allowed him to fearmonger: “Democracy doesn’t usually die through coups or invasion. It usually dies from within.”
Later on, Costa interviewed leftist propagandist and faux journalist Margaret Sullivan about the mythical threats to democracy by Republicans.
“The Republican Party is gripped by people who are election deniers. How should the press contend with that? It’s happening inside one particular party,” Costa whined.
“We hold both parties to the same standards, but when one party is the one who is doing this very troubling thing, we need to be straightforward about that. And if it causes criticism from the right, that’s okay,” Sullivan managed to say with a straight face.
Costa then asked her “how does the press cover it without sounding alarmist at every step?”
In response, Sullivan unironically insisted that the media hasn’t been “nearly alarmist enough” when talking about “threats to democracy.”
She added that “we need to stop being asleep at the switch and sound the alarm more about what could happen if election denialists are in power and decide, well, we only like the results of this election, but not that one. I mean, we no longer have a country anymore.”
In reality, the United States isn’t a democracy, it’s a democratic republic. Additionally, our electoral system isn’t under attack from Republicans running for office who are campaigning on election integrity.
The media never calls out Stacey Abrams or Hillary Clinton for questioning the legitimacy of the elections that they lost.
The hypocrisy from CBS Sunday Morning is stunning, but not surprising.
Editor’s note. This appeared at Newsbusters and is reposted with permission.