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NPR’s ‘Contemporary Air’ Talks Up GOP Voter Suppression with New York Occasions Reporter

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On Thursday, the NPR discuss present Contemporary Air with Terry Gross devoted 36 and a half minutes to bashing the Republicans for “politicizing” elections, as if the Democrats by no means try this. Her visitor was New York Occasions reporter Nick Corasaniti, and the web headline was “Voting Restrictions Are Additional Politicizing U.S. Electoral System, Journalist Says.”

TERRY GROSS: My visitor, Nick Corasaniti, has been reporting on what he describes as how the Republican Celebration is trying to lock in political management for years to return by pushing by means of new legal guidelines to limit voting entry, restrict poll initiatives that would undermine Republican targets and stiffen penalties for ballot staff and election officers who make even minor errors. On the identical time, Republican lawmakers in not less than eight states managed by Republican legislatures try to take away the powers that secretaries of state, governors and nonpartisan election boards have over how elections are run. He says these efforts might additional undermine the nation’s democratic norms.

Terry Gross, who accepted a medal from President Obama, requested softballs in regards to the evil Republicans: “In one among your articles, you described Georgia’s new voting regulation as having a panoramic assertion of partisan energy in elections. What makes it breathtaking?”

Nowhere on this half hour was any dialogue of Democratic Celebration machinations throughout 2020 to make the election atmosphere as favorable to their victory as they might presumably make it. In fact, a part of that system is sustaining taxpayer-funded public TV and radio to echo Democratic Celebration speaking factors.

As Corasaniti complained about Republicans taking election powers away from state and native officers, additionally they by no means mentioned the Democrats pushing the “For the Individuals Act,” wherein….the federal authorities would take election powers away from state and native officers.

That begins with the fixed allegation of racism. They ignored that voters of all races favor asking voters for ID:

GROSS: So opponents of latest restrictive voting payments say they’re designed to restrict voting in largely African Individuals communities. They’re designed to focus on Black voters. What are a few of the issues which might be being singled out by critics as being designed to focus on Black voters?

CORASANITI: Effectively, there’s a number of, and it varies from state. However there’s lengthy been research that show that sure extra voter ID legal guidelines usually influence communities of shade at a disproportionate degree than, say, white voters. I believe it was a examine in 2018 — I do know it was in The Atlantic — discovered that Black and Hispanic voters have been 3 times as seemingly than white voters to say at polling stations that they lacked the right identification, so being turned away for not having correct ID. So there is a lengthy historical past of voter ID getting used as a technique to block entry to voting in communities of shade.

The interview ended with Gross touting how Corasaniti has argued “these efforts to limit voting and to restrict poll initiatives and reduce the powers of secretaries of state and punish ballot staff, that these efforts can undermine our democracy and undermine the nation’s democratic norms and threaten the equity that’s the bedrock of American democracy. And I am questioning when you acquired any pushback about writing that from editors on the paper.”

Corasaniti praised his bosses: “I believe we have been fairly constant even earlier than the 2020 election, , in our protection of efforts to limit the voting….that when there are these assaults on voting, no matter the place they’re coming from, it is actually an assault on American democracy and small-D democratic norms. And so, no, I did not get any pushback from my editors.”