Move along. Nothing to see here. That, in essence, is the message of The New York Times in a lengthy front-page story headlined this way:
77 Days: Trump’s Campaign to Subvert the Election
Hours after the United States voted, the president declared the election a fraud — a lie that unleashed a movement that would shatter democratic norms and upend the peaceful transfer of power.
Stunningly the piece makes only passing reference to the circus that was the election in Pennsylvania, blithely and completely ignoring the state’s vivid history of voter fraud – even when the paper itself had once reported on it. Ignored now completely, for example, was this story in…yes….the February 19, 1994 edition of….The New York Times. The headline:
Vote-Fraud Ruling Shifts Pennsylvania Senate
The Times reported the story this way, bold print for emphasis supplied:
“Saying Philadelphia’s election system had collapsed under “a massive scheme” by Democrats to steal a State Senate election in November, a Federal judge today took the rare step of invalidating the vote and ordered the seat filled by the Republican candidate.
In making such a sweeping move, the judge, Clarence C. Newcomer of Federal District Court here, did for the Republicans what the election had not: enable them to regain control of the State Senate, which they lost two years ago.
Judge Newcomer ruled that the Democratic campaign of William G. Stinson had stolen the election from Bruce S. Marks in North Philadelphia’s Second Senatorial District through an elaborate fraud in which hundreds of residents were encouraged to vote by absentee ballot even though they had no legal reason — like a physical disability or a scheduled trip outside the city — to do so.
In many instances, according to Republicans who testified during a four-day civil trial last week, Democratic campaign workers forged absentee ballots. On many of the ballots, they used the names of people who were living in Puerto Rico or serving time in prison, and in one case, the voter had been dead for some time.”
Got that? The New York Times itself once took detailed notice that a Pennsylvania election had been stolen in a “massive scheme” of “elaborate fraud” by Democrats.
In fact, Pennsylvania has a very, very long record of voter fraud. Which The Times ignored in their long, theoretically investigative piece. Not mentioned as well in that Times election subversion piece was this news from 2020 about Pennsylvania election subversion. The headline from The Philadelphia Inquirer:
South Philly judge of elections admits he took bribes to stuff the ballot box for Democratic candidates
The story began:
“A former judge of elections and Democratic committeeperson from South Philadelphia has pleaded guilty to accepting thousands of dollars in bribes to inflate the vote totals for three Democratic candidates for Common Pleas Court judge in 2015, and for other Democratic candidates for office in 2014 and 2016, U.S. Attorney William M. McSwain announced Thursday.
Domenick J. DeMuro, 73, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to deprive Philadelphia voters of their civil rights by fraudulently stuffing the ballot boxes for the judicial candidates and for other candidates seeking office in the 2014 and 2016 primary elections. And he admitted violating the Travel Act, which forbids the use of a cell phone to promote illegal activity, McSwain’s office said.
DeMuro, who could not be reached for comment, was paid between $300 and $5,000 for each election, the office said.”
Then there was this related story two months later, with this headline in The Inquirer:
A former Pa. congressman caught in 1970s Abscam sting has been indicted again — this time for election fraud
This gem of a story began:
“A former Pennsylvania congressman convicted in the 1970s Abscam investigation was charged Thursday as a result of new allegations that he bribed a poll worker to stuff ballot boxes in local elections.
Federal prosecutors said former U.S. Rep. Michael “Ozzie” Myers, now working as a campaign consultant, paid a South Philadelphia judge of elections to fraudulently add votes for candidates who had hired him for their races from 2014 to 2016.”
And just where in that New York Times story on alleged Trump election subversion was any mention of these two stories? There was none.
One would think that the election record of a state with a very long record of voter fraud that literally goes back centuries – and can be documented – would be news in a New York Times story about election subversion. One would think The Times would be curious about, say, the late Pennsylvania U.S.Senator Arlen Specter’s description in his memoirs that “tampering with voting machines, (is) a standard Philadelphia ploy.”
But obviously, all news is not fit to print in The New York Times, particularly if it undermines the false storyline that President Trump was trying to subvert an election.
Let’s cut to the chase.
The New York Times spent most of the Trump term lying about “Trump-Russia collusion.” Now the paper is insisting that we ignore blatant truths about the 2020 election, particularly in Pennsylvania.
Which is to say, The New York Times is trying to subvert the truth – again.