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Fox News host Tucker Carlson said the mainstream media failed in its attempt to label President Trump a racist. Carlson used Trump’s strong showing in Miami-Dade County, Florida with Hispanic voters to illustrate the media’s failings.
“Miami-Dade is 70 percent Hispanic,” said Carlson. “That’s not what you would have expected if you’ve been watching for the past six months this attempt to rationalize everything to make Trump the greatest racist in the world’s history.”
Carlson said Florida’s rapidly growing population makes the Sunshine State the “future of the country” because of the massive amount of people who relocate there. Carlson said based on Trump’s strong performance during Election night in a non-white area like Miami-Dade, the narrative that he is a racist and the support he received from Hispanics, should give Republican voters hope.
“Whether you buy that or not, you would expect that to depress the votes for Trump in Miami-Dade County, but the opposite happened,” Carlson said. “He’s doing better there with non-White voters than he did four years ago.”
“At some point we, the media, need to pause and ask ourselves serious questions about how we’re thinking through what’s going to happen and how we present it because our predictions affect outcomes, to some extent, and they also, of course, determine our credibility. People judge us based on our predictions,” Carlson said. “Something really went wrong in the way we predicted a number of these races.”
Carlson noted that Florida represents “the future of the country” because so many Americans relocate there from other states.
“It does tell you something about where we’re going and I think if you’re a Republican or a Trump voter, it tells you something more hopeful than you expected,” Carlson said. “Why is the demonstrated reality so different from what purportedly smart people said it was going to be?”
Television networks are making plans in case President Donald Trump decides to call the election without official word. It is a scenario that most major networks including CNN and MSNBC have been preparing for.
Social media networks like Twitter and Facebook are making similar plans and will use official information from decision desks and the Associated Press.
“This is an incredibly complex election. This is an unpredictable election, and we have what will be absolutely, almost guaranteed, a record number of voters,” CBS News president Susan Zirinsky told The Hollywood Reporter.
Networks will be fact-checking anyone who tries to take the results out-of-context and report false information. ABC News has billed Election Day 2020 as election week for quite some time.
“I don’t think we can censor the candidates,” ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos said. “But we have to be vigilant about putting whatever comments are made in context, with everything we know about where the race stands, where the law stands, where the votes are.”
Some network executives said they may opt out of carrying President Trump live if they feel there will be rhetoric contained in a speech. Newsrooms are also worried about widespread violence associated with the election results.
On CNN’s “Reliable Sources” Sunday morning, CNN Washington bureau chief Sam Feist said election coverage will be data-driven. “Once you start counting and reporting the votes, the spin and the time for spin is over.”
Twitter said that it may apply a warning label to tweets by candidates, campaigns and other highly visible accounts that attempt to claim victory before official results have been declared.
Born in DC, was brought home to live on 550 in Woodsboro, and then my parents decided to move to the west side of town on Gravel Hill Road, and I haven’t left. Well OK, I did move out of my folks’ house. At their request, I guess 35 was long enough time to be sponging off of Mom & Dad! I still live in Woodsboro to this day!
Ryan serves as the Co-Host on the Morning News Express at WFMD. He started in radio when he was just 17 years old, doing sports and news for his high school radio station. Ryan spent several years at WFMD in Frederick, Maryland before moving to New York, where he worked at WBEN in Buffalo. In 2016, while working at WIBW-AM in Topeka Kansas, Hedrick earned the Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) award for Major Market enterprise reporting. Hedrick grew up in Southern California where he attended Cal State University of Northridge.