In 1948, the Chicago Daily Tribune erroneously ran the headline “Dewey Defeats Truman” the day after incumbent President Harry S. Truman won his election campaign. More than seventy years later ABC News raised eyebrows after deleting a tweet much like the Tribune, only months ahead of the midterm elections.
On Saturday, the Associated Press published a piece titled “Biden’s optimism collides with mounting political challenges” that discussed the strategy for Democratic politicians ahead of November contests. ABC News ran the story as well, but initially deleted a link to the article that they had posted to Twitter.
The caption for the tweet was the opening line to the piece that stated, “Democrats are going to hold onto the House after November’s midterm elections. They will pick up as many as four seats in the Senate, expanding their majority and overcoming internal dissent that has helped stifle their agenda.”
Neither ABC News nor the AP presented the story as opinion and the lede appeared to be present an objective truth that the outlets had come to well in advance of ballots being cast prompting Human Events senior Editor Jack Posobiec to ask what’s going on.
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) June 18, 2022
“Hi @ABC!” Posobiec wrote. “Why did you delete this?”
It wasn’t long after the suspicious deletion was pointed out that ABC News posted a new link to the exact same article captioned, “A previous tweet took the lede of an AP story about Pres. Biden’s optimistic view of the Democratic Party’s chances this November out of context. The story indicates that the view is at odds with many in his party.”
A previous tweet took the lede of an AP story about Pres. Biden's optimistic view of the Democratic Party's chances this November out of context. The story indicates that the view is at odds with many in his party. https://t.co/fo20SdhOIU
— ABC News (@ABC) June 18, 2022
Despite the hasty cleanup from ABC, there remains no indication that the claim Democrats “will pick up as many as four seats in the Senate” and “hold onto the House” is anything but a fact as presented by the piece.
As such, many jumped on the content and the manner in which ABC covered for their initial promotion of the story as serious cause for concern. “Perhaps the FBI and Congress should be investigating how ABC can call the election so early,” one person posted. “What do they know and how do the know it? Suspicious.”
Perhaps the FBI and Congress should be investigating how ABC can call the election so early. What do they know and how do the know it? Suspicious. pic.twitter.com/PDU2EECGaR
— Earthling (@edzsplace) June 18, 2022
Oddly specific tweet, MSM. Possibly subpoena-worthy in the future.
— Jonathan (@DecentFiJC) June 18, 2022
Watch this tweet be spot on and the D’s pick up 4 seats in the senate.
The “conspiracy theorists” will go wild.
— Eric (@Ericdasboot) June 18, 2022
Even CNN has reported that the GOP is in their best position ahead of an election since at least 1938 under these metrics. Senior data reporter Harry Enten recently said, “When you look at the generic congressional ballot…this is the best Republican position…basically of all time.”
With enthusiasm among conservative voters steadily growing, many saw the potential news that they system could be rigged as enough to knock the wind out of their sails.
It always is and I'm fucking sick of it
— ＳⒶŘ𝐀ℍڶ𝕒ｎẸ 🪤 (@SarahjaneSquad) June 18, 2022
As are most people. Well, the ones that I interact with. And I try and not be in an echo chamber… though, I know that’s almost impossible anymore….
— TDA (@AinsworthTommy) June 18, 2022
Pretty sure they are trying to grab some of CNN's lost market share with their own fictional narratives.
— Eiver Mecktun 2.0 (@Spearfish2eat) June 18, 2022
One person even hinted at the change in course CNN has taken with their new leadership writing, “Pretty sure they are trying to grab some of CNN’s lost market share with their own fictional narratives.”
Meanwhile, others dismissed the story as a pipe dream from corporate media still holding out for Democrats to remain in power come the midterms. On that note, someone suggested saving the post to look at the day after the election for a laugh.
What? I bookmarked it to laugh and all!
— ColbysBack (@ColbysBack) June 18, 2022
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