It would almost appear the press approaches actions by the two parties differently…
As we reported over the weekend, in the Texas legislature they were about to undertake the vote on their election integrity law and have it sent to Governor Greg Abbott’s office to be signed into law, but the Democrats turned petulant. In the chambers the party members all began to walk out, effectively grinding the process to a halt by denying a quorum and seeing the session end at midnight.
While this is a desperate effort to stall what is seen as an inevitable conclusion, what becomes notable is the media approach to such a tactic. At National Public Radio they described this maneuver — the effort to block what it describes in unbiased fashion as one of the most restrictive state voting laws in the country — as “dramatic,” stating how “the walkout handed the Republicans a rare defeat in the Texas Capitol.” Yahoo News described the move as “blocking a bill on voting that has been criticized as racially discriminatory.”
NBC News described things thusly: “Texas Democrats on Sunday night used every parliamentary tool at their disposal to effectively kill a bill that would add new restrictions to elections in the state, ultimately staging a walkout to prevent a vote from being held before a midnight deadline.”
In almost all of the reports, we see the same pattern; the passive, and occasionally enthusiastic description of the Democrats’ actions, and the harsh description of the voter integrity bill. What is notably absent in all the coverage is a lack of criticism of the party in the minority blocking the will of the people by preventing the legislation of the party in power. This is in direct conflict with the months spent by many in the media bemoaning the fact that the GOP has the ability to block progress on bills in the U.S. Senate, for instance, and their promotion of the idea there is a need to remove the filibuster to keep these stalling tactics from blocking Joe Biden’s agenda.
This is a stark departure in
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