Media top headlines May 25
A Facebook whistleblower alleging that the tech company censors ‘vaccine hesitancy’ and more round out today’s top media headlines
MSNBC hosts did not bring up former Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams’ refusal to officially concede her 2018 election loss Tuesday as she criticized Republicans who continue to question the legitimacy of the 2020 race.
“Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski introduced Abrams as “pretty amazing” for writing fiction novels in addition to “saving democracy” due to her voting organization work.
Reacting to GOP-led hand recounts of votes cast in Arizona’s Maricopa County and an audit of the absentee ballots in Georgia’s Fulton County, Abrams said they were schemes meant to perpetuate the “big lie” that the 2020 election was stolen from President Donald Trump.
“This is a power grab as opposed to any legitimate attempt to improve access to our democracy, and that is an issue of patriotism,” she said. “It is not an issue of partisanship.”
Citing polls showing a majority of Republicans do not believe President Biden won legitimately, Brzezinski asked how that could be countered and why it was happening.
“I actually give a great deal of credit to the media for refusing to repeat … the argument that there is some question about the legitimacy of the elections,” Abrams said. “We have to keep saying this is not true, but we can’t keep repeating the people who are posing the lies. One of the most effective ways to combat disinformation is to refuse to repeat it.”
Neither Brzezinski nor co-host Willie Geist mentioned Abrams’ controversial response to her 2018 defeat during the interview, which also delved into her novels.
Biden narrowly won Arizona and Georgia, the first time a Democratic presidential candidate had claimed the states since 1996 and 1992, respectively. Trump has repeatedly said the 2020 election was fraudulent and rigged against him, but has not proven his allegations and met multiple defeats in court. He never officially conceded his loss to Biden.
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