Voter Suppression: Corporate Media Declare Victory for Hillary Clinton Weeks Before Election

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 7: Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton arrives onstage during a primary night rally at the Duggal Greenhouse in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, June 7, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. Clinton has secured enough delegates and commitments from superdelegates to become the …
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A host of establishment media outlets are declaring victory for Hillary Clinton weeks before the U.S. presidential election — as they did on the eve of the Democratic primary in California, causing Bernie Sanders supporters to suspect coordinated voter suppression.

A couple headlines from the past week show the pro-Clinton talking point in wide circulation:

New York Times: “Early Voting Could Point to Hillary Clinton Victory Well Before Nov. 8”

ABC News: “Irish Bookies Are So Confident Clinton Will Win, They’re Already Paying Out”

Steve Goldstein, DC Bureau Chief of MarketWatch: “The election’s over — Hillary Clinton won”

NPR: “NPR Battleground Map: Hillary Clinton Is Winning — And It’s Not Close”

[UPDATE: NPR is explicitly citing Clinton “leading by a lot” as a reason “not to worry about a ‘rigged’ election”]

Los Angeles Times: “Even lots of Donald Trump’s supporters are starting to think he’ll lose the election”

And several outlets are even setting expectations for a Clinton “landslide”:

FiveThirtyEight: “Should Clinton Play For An Electoral College Landslide?”

Washington Post: “As Trump stumbles, Clinton weighs a striking choice: Expand the map or stick to the plan”

Vox: “The polls are split between Hillary Clinton winning and … Hillary Clinton winning in a landslide”

The drumbeat of an inevitable Clinton victory recalls an Associated Press story one day before the California Democratic primary.

AP reporters Hope Yen, Stephen Ohlemacher, Lisa Lerer (who indicated she would attend an off-the-record dinner at John Podesta’s home days before Clinton entered the 2016 race), and Catherine Lucey declared Clinton the presumptive nominee based on commitments from superdelegates.

A host of Sanders supporters and media surrogates said AP’s premature declaration of victory led to a massive drop in turnout after record voter registrations:

A wave of Donald Trump supporters are using social media to call out reporters for this same tactic. Trump, the Republican presidential candidate, has attacked the U.S. election process as “rigged,” taking aim particularly at corporate media. Reporters at establishment press outlets have turned this into a conversation about voter fraud, which they insist does not exist — despite two Democratic operatives losing their jobs over a sting investigation by independent journalist James O’Keefe and his organization Project Veritas.

However, Trump supporters and even non-partisan observers are turning the conversation back to establishment media and its attempt to declare the race over:


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