I have a piece of news for you today that should make you sit up and take notice!
We’ve said many times that there is one thing that the Democrat party does with excellence.
Specifically, they stay on track and focused on their mission; in this case, to WIN elections in 2020.
I see several different directions towards which they’re mounting their attacks, but they maintain one central focus – to put the Democrats in the House of Representatives, the Senate, and the White House.
They have no scruples and will pursue that goal with everything they have.
As an example of what I mean about their willingness to do whatever it takes, look no further than California’s ballot harvesting operation that they rolled out during the last midterms.
State law was re-written to say the following: (a) All vote by mail ballots cast under this division shall be voted on or before the day of the election. After marking the ballot, the vote by mail voter shall do any of the following: (1) return the ballot by mail or in person to the elections official from whom it came, (2) return the ballot in person to a member of a precinct board at a polling place within the jurisdiction, or (3) return the ballot to the elections official from whom it came at a vote by mail ballot drop-off location, if provided pursuant to Section 3025. However, a vote by mail voter who is unable to return the ballot may designate any person to return the ballot to the elections official from whom it came or to the precinct board at a polling place within the jurisdiction. The ballot must, however, be received by either the elections official from whom it came or the precinct board before the close of the polls on election day.
A Fox News article here details more of how the practice was carried out, but I digress.
What I really wanted to bring to your attention is another report that details another way Democrats are deliberately creating what is LITERALLY Fake News with the sole intent of deceiving people into voting for them.
This comes from LifeSite News:
November 29, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — A Democrat strategist and founder of a political activist organization has helped launch a new media company hosting digital “local newspapers” aimed at influencing key swing-state voters in the 2020 U.S. presidential election, according to a Bloomberg report.
Tara McGowan, founder of “a nonprofit digital strategy group that organizes progressives online to vote and volunteer” is reportedly “raising $25 million from a host of wealthy liberals to establish a for-profit media company, Courier Newsroom, that has already started rolling out digital newspapers with local reporters and editors in six key swing states — Arizona, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Wisconsin.”
The report explains that the idea is to create digital news articles that appear as though they come from an ordinary local newspaper, when in fact that “newspaper” has been created with the primary intention to influence voters in elections.
According to the report, the project is motivated by McGowan’s frustration at “her party’s (Democrats) inability to challenge, or even clearly comprehend, Trump’s dominance of the digital landscape — and the threat it poses to Democrats’ chances in 2020.”
The report states:
“Coming out of the 2016 election, the question she wrestled with was how Democrats can defeat the huge right-wing echo chamber. The answer she’s landed on is that they don’t need to. Hillary Clinton lost because Trump beat her by fewer than 80,000 votes in three critical swing states: Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. Ousting him in 2020 would probably come down to a similar sliver of voters — so Democrats wouldn’t have to drown out all of the conservatives’ efforts on social media, but only capture and persuade a small portion of strategically situated swing-state voters, to avoid the same fate.”
The report states that since 2004 more than 2,000 newspapers have closed down and also claims that “research has found that American adults consistently rate local news as the most trustworthy source of information”.
So it would appear that as an alternative political strategy, rather than spending money on traditional political advertising, such as television ads or ads on social media platforms such as Facebook, McGowan is pushing her partisan political aims through a series of digital “local newspapers.”
The report explains:
“(N)othing alerts readers that Courier publications aren’t actually traditional hometown newspapers but political instruments designed to get them to vote for Democrats. And although the articles are made to resemble ordinary news, their purpose isn’t primarily to build a readership for the website: It’s for the pieces to travel individually through social media, amplifying their influence with persuadable voters.”
Speaking of the initiative, McGowan concedes that “(a) lot of people I respect will see this media company as an affront to journalistic integrity because it won’t, in their eyes, be balanced … (w)hat I say to them is, (b)alance does not exist anymore, unfortunately.”
The report highlights the fact that McGowan’s Virginia “local newspaper” the Dogwood includes a mixture of Virginia politics and policy stories alongside local news stories such as “Dogwood Dog of the Week.” According to the report, “(t)o McGowan, emulating the homespun, hyperlocal style of the fast-vanishing small-town newspaper is important for building familiarity and trust.”
The report makes clear that the focus of Courier “newspapers” is not attempting to build their reputation among the general population of the areas that they cover — but rather they are strategically investing in targeting the “80,000 swing-state voters Clinton was missing.” The report explains that McGowan is “using her sizable war chest and digital advertising savvy to pay to have her articles placed into the Facebook feeds of swing state users she’s identified as most likely to respond to them, then using that feedback to find more people like them. In digital advertising, this is known as “building a custom audience.”
The report goes into more detail to show how Ms. McGowan already ran a trial balloon test in Virginia, spending about $275,000 on Facebook ads, and posted this tweet:
“Progressive Nonprofit Invests in Local News Startup to Counter Misinformation with Facts + Promote Civic Participation Where Voters Get Their Information Online” would be a slightly more accurate, albeit far less click-baity headline, @business 🤷🏻♀️https://t.co/aP1K81Bav4
— Tara McGowan (@taraemcg) November 26, 2019
They intend to do whatever it takes to win in 2020, and if you think we’re going to be able to just coast on the victory that Trump got the first time, I think you’re naive. This is the time for every conservative to get off the dime and at the very least, VOTE for your Republican candidate. We have to put our voices out there and make sure people know that to fill the Oval Office and elect a Democrat majority to the halls of Congress spells certain destruction of our republic.