NYT Bizarrely Claims Congressional Trump-Backers' Use of 'Devil Terms' Is 'Fueling Polarization' – RedState

In this episode of The Lapdog Media Meltdown Continues…

The New York Times wants America to be keenly aware, with the midterm elections just 15 days away as I write, that avid Trump supporters in Congress who rejected the results of the 2020 election have since “unleashed a barrage of incendiary language” against Democrats — through the use of “Devil terms ” no less — and have “far outpaced other Republicans and Democrats in fueling polarization.”

At issue, says the NYT, are 147 congressional Republicans who voted to overturn the election results.

Let’s pause for a minute and revisit a few givens.

First, those who continue to cling to the notion that the 2020 presidential election was “rigged” and “stolen” will always believe that the proverbial “fix was in” to “steal” the election from Trump. Conversely, those who disagree with the “election deniers” will never believe the election was “stolen.” Thus, arguments between the two are a complete waste of time: Nobody is going to change anybody’s mind, here.

Second, election fraud has existed as long as elections have existed, so of course, it occurred in 2020, just as it will occur in the 2022 midterms, the 2024 presidential election, and every election until the end of time.

Third, politicians gonna politic. They always have. It’s what they do. That said — regardless of one’s position on the 2020 election results — does “Devil terms” rhetoric from one of America’s formerly-respected newspapers accomplish anything other than further division? No, which is exactly why The New York Times has reduced itself to little more than a Democrat Party mouthpiece.

Here’s one example:

As Representative Mary Miller embarked on her first congressional campaign, she described herself in salt-of-the-earth, all-American terms: a mother, grandmother and farmer who embodied the “Midwestern values of faith, family and freedom.”

“Hard work, using God-given talents, and loving each other well,” a voice declared over video clips of Ms. Miller, a 63-year-old Illinois Republican, embracing her family, praying and walking on her farm in an ad in early 2020.

“In the world today,” the ad continued, “we could use a lot more of this.”

Ah, but there’s “another side” to Miller’s “wholesome image,” the NY Times warns.

Since entering Congress, [Miller] has routinely vilified Democrats and liberals, calling them “evil” communists beholden to China who want to “destroy” America and its culture. And President Biden’s plan, she seethed on Twitter this spring, is to “flood our country with terrorists, fentanyl, child traffickers, and MS-13 gang members.”

Ms. Miller’s inflammatory words underscore the extent to which polarizing rhetoric is now entrenched among Republicans in the House of Representatives, especially among those like Ms. Miller who voted against certifying the Biden victory, according to an examination by The New York Times of partisan language over the past 10 years.

Was Miller’s description of liberals as “evil communists” a bit hyperbolic?

Sure it was. I don’t want to engage in whataboutism, but Joe Biden labeling a former president and “MAGA Republicans” as “semi-fascists” (we all know he would’ve dropped the “semi” part if he thought he could get away with it) was beneath the office of the presidency — but hardly beneath Joe Biden.

The Times said it tallied words that were linked in academic research to divisive political content, as well as those “identified by linguists and computer scientists to be used in polarizing ways” — “fascist” (um…) and “socialist,” for example, and “far right” and “far left.”

Stop the tape.

When was the last time you heard a CNN or MSNBC “journalist” refer to left-wing or far-left anything? I mean, other than never. Yet, how many times in a nanosecond do you hear the same “journalists” parrot right-wing, far-right, or worse? Exactly.

Here’s more, via the NYT:

Republican representatives have ratcheted up such rhetoric since former President Donald J. Trump took office, the analysis found. In the year and a half after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, Republicans on average used divisive words and phrases more than twice as often as Democrats in tweets, and six times as often in emails to constituents.

At the forefront of this polarization are Republicans who voted to reject the Electoral College results that cemented Mr. Trump’s defeat last year. A recent Times investigation revealed how those lawmakers helped engrave the myth of a stolen election in party orthodoxy.

Now, a Times analysis shows that the language of the 139 objecting members is markedly more hostile than that of other Republicans and Democrats. In their telling, those who oppose them not only are wrong about certain policies but also hate their country.

The article goes on and on, delving into scatter charts and all sorts of ridiculous “analyses” — with data undoubtedly supplied by the aforementioned “academic researchers” — to prove its predetermined point: Avid Trump supporters are Satan’s spawn. 

Go figure.

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