Saturday, January 16, 2021

Meme makes false claims about media's 2016 and 2020 election coverage

“2016 MEDIA: RUSSIA STOLE THE ELECTION,” reads a meme ForAmerica posted to Facebook Nov. 12. “2020 MEDIA: OUR ELECTIONS ARE LITERALLY IMPOSSIBLE TO STEAL.”
The meme includes two images of CNN anchor Don Lemon and makes a blanket statement about “the media.”
USA TODAY's analysis of 2016 and 2020 election media coverage concludes the media did not report Russia stole the election in 2016 and is not now reporting the 2020 election would be impossible to steal. Rather, major media outlets have reported that Russia sought to use misinformation to influence American voters in 2016 and are now reporting that 2020 election fraud claims are unsupported. In both cases, this reporting is consistent with information provided by government officials in intelligence, law enforcement and the courts.

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