Over the weekend of June 6 – 7 you may have seen a story about how Republicans are fearful that they could lose the Senate this fall.
Actually it would have been hard to miss. Similar stories were put out on many media outlets. And while it is common for someone like AP to release a story that is picked up and dutifully reposted by ‘news’ agencies across the country, the unusual thing about these stories is that they were all different.
Take a look at just a few of the many examples:
NBC – Democrats move within striking range of taking the Senate, forecasts say
The Senate landscape has improved so much for Democrats that top party operatives are calling and texting one another to say they wish the election were held today. Joe Biden, the apparent Democratic nominee, claims his party can pick up six Senate seats.
The Hill – Republicans fear Trump may cost them Senate
With the election five months away, Senate Republicans worry that Trump is blowing up their 2020 strategy with his laser-like focus on his base instead of swing voters.
NY Post – How the Democrats could easily seize the Senate in 2020
Winter may be coming for Mitch McConnell. No, he (probably) doesn’t have to worry about losing his reelection campaign in Kentucky, but his Senate majority is in greater peril than at any point since the GOP swept to power in the chamber in 2014.
Washington Post – Why the GOP may lose everything
If Bullock, Gideon, Hickenlooper and Cunningham all win, Democrats will likely take over the U.S. Senate and end McConnell’s days as majority leader.
Politico – Is the Crisis Putting the Republican Senate in Jeopardy?
It’s a question as obvious as it is critical: How will the trio of crises—the pandemic, the economy, the demands for racial justice—affect the 2020 race for the White House. But in Washington, there are other implications that could matter almost as much to the direction of national policy, chief among them the Senate.
Rawstory – ‘Awful news for Republican Senate candidates’: Odds of GOP holding Senate collapsing over support for Trump
According to an analysis by Politico’s Jeff Greenfield, recent voting trends combined with Donald Trump’s unpopularity with the electorate will likely see Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) lose his power following the November election.
Do your own research and you will find stories from a bunch of other outlets. If you use Google, you may have the same results I do. Before you even finish typing your query Google will jump in and offer to help. I simply typed “GOP fe” and Google happily offers “GOP fears losing senate.” Plus these stories now get reposted all over the net.
How did this happen? A few possibilities:
- Coincidence. It is possible that all of these outlets had reporters working on stories, and on their own, they all decided to look at the Senate race and discovered that there was a path for Democratic takeover. And all got their stories finished and published within 24 hours of each other. This is, obviously, unlikely.
- Collusion. The media all want the same thing – the takeover of the government by progressives and anarchists and so are working together to publish similar stories at the same time. While they all do have similar goals, I think we can agree (at least hope) that this is also unlikely.
- Complicit. The Media was used. It is hard coming up with new stories in a continuous news cycle, so the press is happy to accept any help is offered. So it seems to me that an organized group of folks produced and fed similar stories to all these outlets at the same time. Could this have been the Democratic party? Or some George Soros group?
Sorry, I don’t have time to run this down. I am not a reporter and, honestly, have other things to do. But it would be interesting to find out how this happened. If you have a theory, feel free to let us know by posting a comment.