Top, original Nov. 3 tweet from NY Times claiming media declares winner of presidential elections. Bottom, same day NY Times “corrected” their tweet. 

History has taught us that the media does not always report election results correctly. The most amusing example historically was when the Chicago Tribune, on November 3, 1948, printed the famous banner headline, “Dewey Defeats Truman.”  The Tribune erroneously reported that Republican Challenger, Thomas E. Dewey, had defeated incumbent President Harry S. Truman in the 1948 Presidential election.

Because of a post-election, early edition deadline, the Chicago Tribune, posted the incorrect headline before all the votes were counted. There is a famous picture of President Truman holding up the embarrassing issue of the Tribune with the aforementioned headline.

Do you remember the premature win for Florida that was announced by the mainstream press for Al Gore in the election of 2000?  They rescinded the call for a crucially needed Florida win for Gore, then gave Florida to Bush, then they rescinded that decision. Gore conceded, than rescinded the concession. Some of the 2000 election images, that are burned into our collective memories, are of Florida Secretary of State, Katherine Harris, the disputed 537 vote difference in the vote count and the infamous hanging chad on many of the ballots.

If you remember these historic moments, thank you for being old enough to have paid attention and for remembering history. If you haven’t been paying attention to history, no matter what your age is, my regrets.

If you believed the recent premature declaration of a Joe Biden 2020 Presidential win by the Associated Press, my regrets. If you listened to and believed the bleating mainstream herd that followed in the wake of that announcement, let me remind you of one obvious fact:

The media does not decide elections.

As history has demonstrated the media is terrible at picking Presidential winners. The 2016 election predictions, by the media, have been our most recent example until now.

In fact, the mainstream media is not any real medium for a clear and concise sharing of information. Their current message is an agenda and not a factual or fair reporting of the news. Journalistic malpractice started decades ago and continues in a dangerously irresponsible manner.

From Watergate through today, the American media has seemed to have an overinflated sense of their own worth to society’s needs. It is far too easy to capture the attention of the masses.  Look at the wearing of masks during COVID. For those seeking control and power, it is far more challenging to captivate an active and questioning intellect.

The media today takes the easy way out. Keep it simple the networks seem to say, no more than one story focus on any given news day. All the networks use the same headlines and catch phrases in their story presentation. There appears to be no intelligent life in the average American newsroom.  They merely apply cosmetic touches to give life to their everyday news cycle.

FOX, CNN, CBS, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, et al should start considering a change in their network logo. Perhaps, they could all merge and change their logo to DNC. The Democrat National Channel. Their mission statement could be, “The preferred channel for state run media.”

I found it interesting that Fox News called the State of Arizona for Joe Biden without any real numbers to back it up. I also found it interesting that several states stopped counting votes in the wake of that announcement. Sometimes what we mistake for interesting is in actuality something quite shameful and nefarious.

And it was even more interesting that the previous mission statement for FOX has been “Fair and Balanced.” Their handling of the 2020 Election season leads me to believe that they are attempting a transformation into some strange mutation that resembles the main stream press. Fair and balanced?  Maybe some form of body snatcher, alien possession inflicts FOX.

Whoever controls the media, controls the mind.

– Jim Morrison

The true madness of our current situation transforms Mr. Morrison’s statement into a question that all of us should consider. Who controls the media and what is the purpose behind that control?

It is a fair question. Especially when we consider that President Trump has rarely, if ever, received any positive press from the mainstream state-run media. When Trump brokered historic peace agreements, he was almost ignored. The press would rather cover all that is inconsequential. They continuously address meaningful news in the most minimum manner.

Joe Biden, and his questionable history, has been treated in an almost softball like manner.  For the most part, objective political reporting no longer exists, except for Citizen Journalism outlets like this one.

Ultimately, the lessons of the 2020 election are profound. Dead citizens cannot vote and should not be counted as voters. Deadlines are established for a reason. Hundreds of thousands of votes received at the eleventh hour need to be closely examined. If a machine error or ballot error exists, than those votes also need to be examined appropriately.

The 2020 mail-in ballot process has been an unmitigated disaster. As stated, the hanging chad was the immortal image of our 2000 election. Twenty years later, we are now dealing with the “bleeding sharpie.” Where all the ink on one side of the ballot ran towards the name of Biden.

In closing, the Trump campaign is requesting the appropriate recounts. The court orders need to be obeyed by the various State election officials.  This has to be done when we are dealing with such blatant dishonesty. The recount has to be verified beyond all doubts. All Military votes also need to be counted. I am sure neither candidate wants to benefit from a flawed or inaccurate election process, right guys?

2020 can be the year where election fraud is addressed by the ultimate letter of the law, finally. 2020 could also be the end of any honest election process. This needs to be decided by the courts. We need to respect the will of the people with an honest accounting of their votes. The need for honest future elections is bigger than either of the two Presidential candidates. Or the egos of their particular parties.

Michael Ingmire

Michael Ingmire, is a musician, writer, commentator, activist and author based in North Carolina. As a musician he has shared stages with artists like John Lee Hooker, Albert King, Bo Diddley, Dr. Mac Arnold, Wilson Pickett, Allen Ginsberg, Kenny Neal, Bob Margolin, among many. Michael's work is available for listening or purchase at under Michael Wolf Ingmire. Since the death of his nephew, Sean Smith, in the September 2012 Benghazi attacks, Michael’s writing has taken on a strong political edge. He has previously written about Benghazi extensively for The Daily Caller and Starting in September 2015, Michael has been a consistent contributor to Politichicks, writing about, political, musical, and social topics. His article, “Benghazi: A Tale of Two Reports,” closes out the chapter on Islam in the collection, “Politichicks: A Clarion Call to Political Activism.”

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