Quote of the Day: ’60 Minutes’ and Mitch McConnell on the GA Voting Law

 

For today’s quote, I thought I would include the 60 Minutes cut of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s recent statement regarding the Georgia election law:

We are witnessing voting procedures worse than Jim Crow or “Jim Crow on steroids,” the horrific racist brutality of segregation. Election Day hours were changed and the opportunities to cast a ballot in early voting were fewer than the law requires.

After objections from McConnell’s office, producers at CBS’s 60 Minutes clarified that they had edited the quotation for clarity and stood by their reporting. McConnell’s office provided the text of his actual statement which is reproduced below.

We are witnessing a coordinated campaign by powerful and wealthy people to mislead and bully the American people.

The President has claimed repeatedly that state-level debates over voting procedures are worse than Jim Crow or ‘Jim Crow on steroids.’ Nobody actually believes this. Nobody really thinks this current dispute comes anywhere near the horrific racist brutality of segregation. But there’s an old cynical saying that ‘history is just the set of lies agreed upon.’ And a host of powerful people and institutions apparently think they stand to benefit from parroting this big lie.

The Washington Post has repeatedly debunked White House lies about legislation in Georgia: ‘In reality, Election Day hours were not changed and the opportunities to cast a ballot in early voting were expanded.’ Plenty of Democrat-run states allow fewer days of early voting than the new Georgia law requires. More than 70 percent of Americans, including a majority of Democrats and a supermajority of independents, favor commonsense voter I.D. requirements; even so, Georgia will accept alternatives to driver’s licenses to verify absentee voters. All the facts disprove the big lie.

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  1. Arahant Member
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    Wow! That’s a pretty extreme edit.

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  2. Dr. Bastiat Member
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    Oh my gosh.  Now THAT is some editing, there.  For clarity, of course…

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  3. KentForrester Moderator
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    Wow!  I never thought that I would see that level of deception from the mainstream media in my lifetime.

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  4. Nohaaj Coolidge
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    Can you cite a link to the 60 Minute quote, and their subsequent defense? I looked via Duck Duck Go, and wasn’t able to find it.  

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  5. Gossamer Cat Coolidge
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    I used to think these types of demonstrations would surely open the eyes of my liberal friends to the corruption of the media but after Charlottesville and Hunter Biden I know that all they do is fuel conservative outrage because my liberal friends will never know.  

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  6. American Abroad Thatcher
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    Nohaaj (View Comment):

    Can you cite a link to the 60 Minute quote, and their subsequent defense? I looked via Duck Duck Go, and wasn’t able to find it.

    Sorry, I made this up as a satire of 60 Minutes‘ hit piece on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

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  7. Nohaaj Coolidge
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    American Abroad (View Comment):

    Nohaaj (View Comment):

    Can you cite a link to the 60 Minute quote, and their subsequent defense? I looked via Duck Duck Go, and wasn’t able to find it.

    Sorry, I made this up as a satire of 60 Minutes‘ hit piece on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

    In today’s world, it is hard to tell the difference. 

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  8. American Abroad Thatcher
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    Gossamer Cat (View Comment):

    I used to think these types of demonstrations would surely open the eyes of my liberal friends to the corruption of the media but after Charlottesville and Hunter Biden I know that all they do is fuel conservative outrage because my liberal friends will never know.

    I know what you mean.  The mainstream media has no credibility, and they seem to know that it doesn’t matter.  If I were a lefty, I would love to have a news media constantly telling me how virtuous I am.  But I am somewhat hopeful.  The news media cannot hide the fact that people are moving out of the progressive states to states like Florida.  At some point, “lived experience” in Michigan versus “lived experience” in Florida will have to cause at least some people to question the media narrative.

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  9. Gossamer Cat Coolidge
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    American Abroad (View Comment):

    Nohaaj (View Comment):

    Can you cite a link to the 60 Minute quote, and their subsequent defense? I looked via Duck Duck Go, and wasn’t able to find it.

    Sorry, I made this up as a satire of 60 Minutes‘ hit piece on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

    Good one!  Usually I don’t fall for these types of things but, as noted elsewhere, there is nothing regarding the MSM so outrageous that it can’t be true.

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  10. WI Con Member
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    MisQOTD

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  11. American Abroad Thatcher
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    WI Con (View Comment):

    MisQOTD

    I like that new hashtag:  #MisQOTD.  Sad indictment of our journalists.

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  12. Jim McConnell Member
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    American Abroad (View Comment):

    Nohaaj (View Comment):

    Can you cite a link to the 60 Minute quote, and their subsequent defense? I looked via Duck Duck Go, and wasn’t able to find it.

    Sorry, I made this up as a satire of 60 Minutes‘ hit piece on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

    I thought so; but these days, it’s really hard to tell. Has 60 minutes issued any statement on the DeSantis debacle? They can probably just ride it out and none of their fellow “journalists” will call them on it.

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  13. Flicker Member
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    American Abroad (View Comment):

    Nohaaj (View Comment):

    Can you cite a link to the 60 Minute quote, and their subsequent defense? I looked via Duck Duck Go, and wasn’t able to find it.

    Sorry, I made this up as a satire of 60 Minutes‘ hit piece on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

    I thought so, but I wasn’t quite sure.

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  14. MiMac Thatcher
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    American Abroad (View Comment):

    Nohaaj (View Comment):

    Can you cite a link to the 60 Minute quote, and their subsequent defense? I looked via Duck Duck Go, and wasn’t able to find it.

    Sorry, I made this up as a satire of 60 Minutes‘ hit piece on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

    Many days, I can’t tell the Babylon Bee from the NYT.

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  15. Gary Robbins Reagan
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    American Abroad (View Comment):

    Nohaaj (View Comment):

    Can you cite a link to the 60 Minute quote, and their subsequent defense? I looked via Duck Duck Go, and wasn’t able to find it.

    Sorry, I made this up as a satire of 60 Minutes‘ hit piece on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

    I do not think that this was an appropriate post, unless you clearly identify it as “satire” in the body of the post.  If I were the Editor, I would not have elevated your post to the Main Feed without that disclaimer in the body of the post.  It is great satire, but it should have been identified as such from the beginning.

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  16. Skyler Coolidge
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    I think that edit goes well beyond the standards for defamation of a public figure.

    Mitch needs to sue them and make it hurt.  

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  17. ToryWarWriter Thatcher
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    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    American Abroad (View Comment):

    Nohaaj (View Comment):

    Can you cite a link to the 60 Minute quote, and their subsequent defense? I looked via Duck Duck Go, and wasn’t able to find it.

    Sorry, I made this up as a satire of 60 Minutes‘ hit piece on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

    I do not think that this was an appropriate post, unless you clearly identify it as “satire” in the body of the post. If I were the Editor, I would not have elevated your post to the Main Feed without that disclaimer in the body of the post. It is great satire, but it should have been identified as such from the beginning.

    Agreed.  I was about to go hunt for a meme in response and everything.

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  18. Skyler Coolidge
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    ToryWarWriter (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    American Abroad (View Comment):

    Nohaaj (View Comment):

    Can you cite a link to the 60 Minute quote, and their subsequent defense? I looked via Duck Duck Go, and wasn’t able to find it.

    Sorry, I made this up as a satire of 60 Minutes‘ hit piece on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

    I do not think that this was an appropriate post, unless you clearly identify it as “satire” in the body of the post. If I were the Editor, I would not have elevated your post to the Main Feed without that disclaimer in the body of the post. It is great satire, but it should have been identified as such from the beginning.

    Agreed. I was about to go hunt for a meme in response and everything.

    What?  It wasn’t real?  

    I think satire of this kind is inappropriate in times like this where standards have sunk so low.

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  19. American Abroad Thatcher
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    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    American Abroad (View Comment):

    Nohaaj (View Comment):

    Can you cite a link to the 60 Minute quote, and their subsequent defense? I looked via Duck Duck Go, and wasn’t able to find it.

    Sorry, I made this up as a satire of 60 Minutes‘ hit piece on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

    I do not think that this was an appropriate post, unless you clearly identify it as “satire” in the body of the post. If I were the Editor, I would not have elevated your post to the Main Feed without that disclaimer in the body of the post. It is great satire, but it should have been identified as such from the beginning.

    I tagged the post as “humor” so I assumed that was enough.  If this was believable, then perhaps the problem is with 60 Minutes and not my post!

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  20. Flicker Member
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    American Abroad (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    American Abroad (View Comment):

    Nohaaj (View Comment):

    Can you cite a link to the 60 Minute quote, and their subsequent defense? I looked via Duck Duck Go, and wasn’t able to find it.

    Sorry, I made this up as a satire of 60 Minutes‘ hit piece on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

    I do not think that this was an appropriate post, unless you clearly identify it as “satire” in the body of the post. If I were the Editor, I would not have elevated your post to the Main Feed without that disclaimer in the body of the post. It is great satire, but it should have been identified as such from the beginning.

    I tagged the post as “humor” so I assumed that was enough. If this was believable, then perhaps the problem is with 60 Minutes and not my post!

    Don’t worry AA, satire is still satire.  Whether you label it so or not.  And undercover satire, that makes you wonder if it’s really satire or not, is the best.  Well done.

    It really pokes a hole in 60 Minutes’ way of selective editing.

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  21. Skyler Coolidge
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    Flicker (View Comment):

    American Abroad (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    American Abroad (View Comment):

    Nohaaj (View Comment):

    Can you cite a link to the 60 Minute quote, and their subsequent defense? I looked via Duck Duck Go, and wasn’t able to find it.

    Sorry, I made this up as a satire of 60 Minutes‘ hit piece on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

    I do not think that this was an appropriate post, unless you clearly identify it as “satire” in the body of the post. If I were the Editor, I would not have elevated your post to the Main Feed without that disclaimer in the body of the post. It is great satire, but it should have been identified as such from the beginning.

    I tagged the post as “humor” so I assumed that was enough. If this was believable, then perhaps the problem is with 60 Minutes and not my post!

    Don’t worry AA, satire is still satire. Whether you label it so or not. And undercover satire, that makes you wonder if it’s really satire or not, is the best. Well done.

    It really pokes a hole in 60 Minutes’ way of selective editing.

    I’m only glad I didn’t follow through with my plan of forwarding this to friends in outrage like I intended to do,

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  22. Flicker Member
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    Skyler (View Comment):

    Flicker (View Comment):

    American Abroad (View Comment):

    Gary Robbins (View Comment):

    American Abroad (View Comment):

    Nohaaj (View Comment):

    Can you cite a link to the 60 Minute quote, and their subsequent defense? I looked via Duck Duck Go, and wasn’t able to find it.

    Sorry, I made this up as a satire of 60 Minutes‘ hit piece on Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

    I do not think that this was an appropriate post, unless you clearly identify it as “satire” in the body of the post. If I were the Editor, I would not have elevated your post to the Main Feed without that disclaimer in the body of the post. It is great satire, but it should have been identified as such from the beginning.

    I tagged the post as “humor” so I assumed that was enough. If this was believable, then perhaps the problem is with 60 Minutes and not my post!

    Don’t worry AA, satire is still satire. Whether you label it so or not. And undercover satire, that makes you wonder if it’s really satire or not, is the best. Well done.

    It really pokes a hole in 60 Minutes’ way of selective editing.

    I’m only glad I didn’t follow through with my plan of forwarding this to friends in outrage like I intended to do,

    Yeah, there’s that.  You might have been banned by facebook.  You might have gotten 2 million retweets.  And who knows who might have shown up at your door.  But still, it was a head scratcher. 

     

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  23. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
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    I was somewhat surprised McConnell actually released a strongly worded statement, not that he ever has or ever will actually do anything to curb bad corporate behavior. 

    04.05.21 McConnell: Corporations Shouldn’t Fall for Absurd Disinformation on Voting Laws
    ‘There is no consistent or factual standard being applied here. It’s just a fake narrative gaining speed by its own momentum… Businesses must not use economic blackmail to spread disinformation and push bad ideas that citizens reject at the ballot box.’

    LOUISVILLE, KY – U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) issued the following statement regarding disinformation campaigns surrounding debates over election laws:

    “We are witnessing a coordinated campaign by powerful and wealthy people to mislead and bully the American people.

    “The President has claimed repeatedly that state-level debates over voting procedures are worse than Jim Crow or ‘Jim Crow on steroids.’ Nobody actually believes this. Nobody really thinks this current dispute comes anywhere near the horrific racist brutality of segregation. But there’s an old cynical saying that ‘history is just the set of lies agreed upon.’ And a host of powerful people and institutions apparently think they stand to benefit from parroting this big lie.

    “The Washington Post has repeatedly debunked White House lies about legislation in Georgia: ‘In reality, Election Day hours were not changed and the opportunities to cast a ballot in early voting were expanded.’ Plenty of Democrat-run states allow fewer days of early voting than the new Georgia law requires. More than 70 percent of Americans, including a majority of Democrats and a supermajority of independents, favor commonsense voter I.D. requirements; even so, Georgia will accept alternatives to driver’s licenses to verify absentee voters. All the facts disprove the big lie.

    “These absurd tactics predate this Georgia law. Last summer, just weeks after Senate Democrats used the filibuster to kill Senator Tim Scott’s police reform and anti-lynching legislation, Democrats abruptly began calling the same rules they happily used themselves a ‘Jim Crow relic.’

    “This disinformation has a purpose. Washington Democrats want to pass a sweeping bill that would let them rewrite all 50 states’ election laws and turn the Federal Election Commission into a Democrat-run partisan body. This power grab is impossible to defend, so the left wants to deflect. Instead of winning the debate, they want to silence debate by bullying citizens and entire states into submission.

    “It’s jaw-dropping to see powerful American institutions not just permit themselves to be bullied, but join in the bullying themselves. Wealthy corporations have no problem operating in New York, for example, which has fewer days of early voting than Georgia, requires excuses for absentee ballots, and restricts electioneering via refreshments. There is no consistent or factual standard being applied here. It’s just a fake narrative gaining speed by its own momentum.

    “Our private sector must stop taking cues from the Outrage-Industrial Complex. Americans do not need or want big business to amplify disinformation or react to every manufactured controversy with frantic left-wing signaling.

    “From election law to environmentalism to radical social agendas to the Second Amendment, parts of the private sector keep dabbling in behaving like a woke parallel government. Corporations will invite serious consequences if they become a vehicle for far-left mobs to hijack our country from outside the constitutional order. Businesses must not use economic blackmail to spread disinformation and push bad ideas that citizens reject at the ballot box.”

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  24. kedavis Member
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    The only way people can be sure the stories on the Babylon Bee aren’t true, is because they’re on the Babylon Bee.

    And even then, they might just be prescient.  Again.

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