Several mainstream media news outlets on Saturday declared Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 presidential election. Yet, things are far from over.
As the Washington Examiner reports, thousands of military ballots have yet to be counted in a number of battleground states, including Georgia.
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Georgia is among those states that accept military ballots after Election Day. It is nothing new. North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Nevada are also on that list.
The fact is that all of these states are hotly contested, and the military ballots could make a difference. In Georgia, for example, Biden is only up by .2 percentage points, and it has a large number of military men and women who tend to vote Republican.
This being the case, it would appear that the prudent thing to do would be to hold off calling the election until these votes are counted. Some responsible news outlets, like Newsmax, are doing just that.
A number of the mainstream media outlets, however, including Fox News, have already declared Biden president. What kind of message does that send to Americans about the importance of voting? What kind of message does that send to the men and women of the military?
“A slap in the face”
For its report, the Examiner spoke with some military members from Georgia who described how they felt about the situation.
“You fight for your country, and your country can’t wait a couple of days to count your vote? That’s a slap in the face,” said Timothy Boxer from Augusta, Georgia.
“It looks really bad and tells them they don’t matter which no one in this state thinks,” added Madison Griggs, who is also from Augusta.
Here we are just talking about the fact that there are still thousands of votes that need to be counted in a number of close states. That’s already a good enough reason not to call the election.
But, let’s also not forget that President Donald Trump and his campaign are challenging election results in many of these key states, and these legal challenges could drastically change what has been projected by these mainstream media outlets.
The bottom line, as Newsmaxput it, is that “the media should not make the determination of the winner under these circumstances.”