Perspectives: Time Magazine's Piece on the 2020 Election "Shadow Campaign"

Headline Roundup February 9th, 2021

Time Magazine (Lean Left bias) published an analysis last week portrayed as the "inside story of the conspiracy to save" the 2020 presidential election. The author describes a "unprecedented, creative and determined campaign" led by a "well-funded cabal of powerful people, ranging across industries and ideologies, working together behind the scenes to influence perceptions, change rules and laws, steer media coverage and control the flow of information." Some voices from the right reacted by branding the article as a clear admission of widespread anti-Trump election rigging; in some cases they specifically singled out the Time writer's statement that "In a way, Trump was right."

Time's analysis frames the movement as an effort to preserve election integrity, rather than an explicitly anti-Trump coalition. Some right-rated voices confidently labeled the efforts described in the article as a "successful conspiracy to rig the election" in President Joe Biden's favor. Other right-rated voices made a distinction by saying the election wasn't stolen, but was "underhandedly tilted." No other left- or center-rated outlets reported on the story, or criticism of it, as of Tuesday evening.

From the Left
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ANALYSIS

A weird thing happened right after the Nov. 3 election: nothing.

The nation was braced for chaos. Liberal groups had vowed to take to the streets, planning hundreds of protests across the country. Right-wing militias were girding for battle. In a poll before Election Day, 75% of Americans voiced concern about violence.

Instead, an eerie quiet descended. As President Trump refused to concede, the response was not mass action but crickets. When media organizations called the race for Joe Biden on Nov. 7, jubilation broke out instead, as people thronged...

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From the Right
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OPINION

In a surprisingly brazen article, “The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election,” Time magazine chronicles a myriad of pre- and post-election actions taken by a loose coalition of Democratic operatives, grassroots activists, mainstream media, tech companies, and corporate CEOs before and after the 2020 presidential election.

According to the article, the effort consisted of “a well-funded cabal of powerful people, ranging across industries and ideologies, working together behind the scenes to influence perceptions, change rules and laws, steer media coverage and control the flow of...

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From the Right
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OPINION

Corporate media has spent the last year arguing that Donald Trump’s claims about 2020 election integrity amount to “seditious” conspiracy theories. While maintaining that narrative despite the cognitive dissonance, Time magazine’s Feb. 15 cover story pulls back the curtain on a “conspiracy” among a “well-funded cabal of powerful people” in an “an extraordinary shadow effort” that successfully pushed Trump from office.

“In a way, Trump was right,” writes Time national political correspondent Molly Ball. “There was a conspiracy unfolding behind the scenes.” She later describes this “conspiracy” as something that...

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