President Biden and top members of his administration continue to lie to the public about Georgia’s new voting law, which they say suppresses voting in the state.
Even Washington Post fact-checker concluded that Biden’s claim is so dishonest that it deserves four Pinocchios, which is the worst rating a false claim can get.
“What I’m worried about is how un-American this whole initiative is. It’s sick. It’s sick … deciding that you’re going to end voting at five o’clock when working people are just getting off work,” Biden told reporters at his first press conference on Mar. 25. The claim, of course, was met with no pushback or scrutiny by the few reporters chosen to ask questions in the room at the time.
“Among the outrageous parts of this new state law, it ends voting hours early so working people can’t cast their vote after their shift is over,” Biden said in a statement on Mar. 26.
The Post summed up the “big lie” this way:
“One could understand a flub in a news conference. But then this same claim popped up in an official presidential statement. Not a single expert we consulted who has studied the law understood why Biden made this claim, as this was the section of law that expanded early voting for many Georgians,” the analysis reads.
“Somehow Biden managed to turn that expansion into a restriction aimed at working people, calling it ‘among the outrageous parts’ of the law. There’s no evidence that is the case. The president earns Four Pinocchios,” it concludes.
So, one would think the rest of the media would follow suit in condemning the Biden administration for misleading the American public on such a sensitive issue. But instead, they continue to push the “suppression” line.
“3 ways companies can help fight Georgia’s restrictive new voting law” — CBS News
“JIM CROW IN A SUIT AND TIE”: GEORGIA PASSES MASSIVE VOTER SUPPRESSION BILL” — Vanity Fair
Georgia’s ‘Jim Crow’ voter suppression bill is now law. Here’s how Democrats can fight back,” — NBC News (in its “Politics and Policy” section)
Major companies, including Delta and Major League Baseball (MLB), have bought into the Biden voting lie as well. In the case of MLB, the league has even gone so far as to move its annual All-Star Game, which generates millions of dollars for the cities that host it every July, out of Atlanta to protest a law that actually expands voting in the Peach State.
Enter USA Today’s “race and inequality” editor of its sports section, who declared that all major professional sports leagues and Division-1 college sports should follow suit in punishing Georgia.
The editor thinks the NFL, NBA and NCAA should follow MLB’s lead. Sure, it will hurt working people and businesses, but that’s a price he seems eagerly willing to pay.
“Only baseball has demonstrated the proper amount of guts, and it’s glorious to see,” Mike Freeman writes. “The Falcons could take similar steps by moving some of its games. The Hawks, too. The NFL could easily, and I mean easily, declare it will never hold a Super Bowl in Atlanta until voting rights are restored. The SEC could do the same with its championship game.”
“It is true that such boycotts would financially impact some working people of Atlanta like concession stand workers and businesses that thrive off the crowds attending the games,” he adds. “But those same people are having their access to voting diminished with a bevy of suppression laws.”
As for those who say that presenting an ID when showing up to vote is equal to suppression, answer this question if you work for Major League Baseball:
When showing up at a ballpark will call to get tickets, why must you show ID to be given the tickets being held under your name? Is that suppression?
If you work for Delta, try tackling this one:
If an ID is needed to board one of your planes, why shouldn’t one be needed to enter a voting booth?
Overall, 74 percent of registered voters in a University of Georgia/Atlanta Journal Constitution poll support laws that require voters to include a copy of their photo ID in order to vote by mail. Nationally, the latest YouGov/Economist poll also shows support for such a requirement by a 53-28 percent margin.
According to the respected polling firm Civic Science, 24 percent of U.S. adults said they followed pro baseball “very” or “somewhat closely.” That number has dropped to 19 percent today, while the share who say they don’t follow baseball “at all” jumped from 40 percent two years ago to 47 percent in 2021. One could point to the league becoming more political in one direction as a key component to the turn off.