Update: As anticipated, POLITICO is claiming it’s a “pre-write,” but as I noted in the article, pre-writes do not include quotes from the announcement. We do pre-writes ahead of anticipated announcements, but we don’t include fictional quotes. Who would?
You pre write candidate quotes? https://t.co/P7yLhLrNeE
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) July 28, 2020
Was it an accident? Misdirection? Wishful thinking? POLITICO’s page with profiles of soon-to-be Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s potential Vice President picks had an addendum for one of the candidates published briefly yesterday. According to the leak, Senator Kamala Harris will be tapped as Biden’s running mate ahead of the announcement that’s expected at the beginning of next month.
A screenshot from Archive.org showed two updates on July 27. The first, pictured below, shows Harris tagged as “BIDEN’S VP PICK” with two more paragraphs that were not there before. In those paragraphs, it appears to indicate she was his final selection and includes a quote from the announcement. There has been no announcement made public, meaning if this is real it has been embargoed. The second snapshot of the day from Archive.org did not include the addendum. Here is what it said:
Joe Biden chose Kamala Harris to become his running mate for the 2020 election on Aug. 1, two weeks before the Democratic National Convention, after keeping his choice close to the chest for months.
In his announcement, Biden called Harris “a worthy opponent and a worthy running mate,” alluding to the pair’s rivalry during the earlier stages of the Democratic primary. She will bring her experience as a prosecutor, household name recognition, and skill as a debater to the ticket.
There are a few possibilities here. This could be as it appears, a mistake made by a POLITICO staffer who was preparing the edit but accidentally made it live temporarily. It could be an intentional leak, whether by POLITICO for the sake of attention or by the campaign. There may be some misdirection happening here as well, though it’s noteworthy that nobody picked up on this apparent snafu yesterday. Lastly, it could just be preparatory; they’re expecting her to be the nominee and were testing the formatting with dummy content.
One of the reasons this seems to be from an embargoed press release is the presence of a quote from the announcement. While it’s possible that this is also part of dummy content for format testing or a pre-write in anticipation of the announcement, the wording makes it appear to be legitimate. The timing is right, too. A Saturday release, as the story indicates for August 1st, would give fodder for all of the much-watched Sunday morning news shows leading into two weeks of momentum-building ahead of the Democratic National Convention starting August 17.
If POLITICO’s leak is legitimate, and all indicators point to it being so, then Joe Biden has picked a running mate who almost tanked his campaign by reminding people of his racist history. Kamala Harris as his VP pick will be ripe for GOP attacks.
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Will America-First News Outlets Make it to 2023?
Things are looking grim for conservative and populist news sites.
There’s something happening behind the scenes at several popular conservative news outlets. 2021 was bad, but 2022 is proving to be disastrous for news sites that aren’t “playing ball” with the corporate media narrative. It’s being said that advertisers are cracking down, forcing some of the biggest ad networks like Google and Yahoo to pull their inventory from conservative outlets. This has had two major effects. First, it has cooled most conservative outlets from discussing “taboo” topics like Pandemic Panic Theater, voter fraud, or The Great Reset. Second, it has isolated those ad networks that aren’t playing ball.
Certain topics are anathema for most ad networks. Speaking out against vaccines or vaccine mandates is a certain path to being demonetized. Highlighting voter fraud in the 2020 and future elections is another instant advertising death penalty. Throw in truthful stories about climate change hysteria, Critical Race Theory, and the border crisis and it’s easy to understand how difficult it is for America-First news outlets to spread the facts, share conservative opinions, and still pay the bills.
Without naming names, I have been told of several news outlets who have been forced to either consolidate with larger organizations or who have backed down on covering certain topics out of fear of being “canceled” by the ad networks. I get it. This is a business for many of us and it’s not very profitable. Those of us who do this for a living are often barely squeaking by, so loss of additional revenue can often mean being forced to make cuts. That means not being able to cover the topics properly. Its a Catch-22: Tell the truth and lose the money necessary to keep telling the truth, or avoid the truth and make enough money to survive. Those who have chosen survival simply aren’t able to spread the truth properly.
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