2020 Election Questions Went Unasked Says Sharyl Attkisson — Sharyl Attkisson’s recent podcast concerns the establishment media miserable failure in addressing claims of irregularities in the 2020 election.
It was inspired by the snarky berating Donald Trump received from CNN’s Kaitlan Collins at the May 10 New Hampshire town hall over his insistence that the 2020 election was stolen.
Ms. Collins definitively claimed that there was no evidence of fraud. Ms. Attkisson, rightfully, said it was improper for a journalist to make definitive claims about things which the journalist had no definitive knowledge.
She then pointed out that there were major concerns regarding 2020.
“The Trump side was being required by the courts to . . . produce evidence in a matter of days that takes years to get and build when handled by prosecutors . . .,” she said.
She said the media’s rush to declare the election decided deified common sense and violated journalistic standards.
“Suddenly there wasn’t the slightest suspicion or inkling of curiosity among so many,” she said. “It was as if they thought there wouldn’t be powers, in arguably the most unusual election of our time, that wouldn’t be willing to do anything that would have their candidate win.”
She said she followed some of the early Trump court challenges.
“It struck me in one court proceeding when a Trump-allied lawyer was pleading with the judge for just a few more days to produce names of people who could testify to something and this attorney was trying to tell the judge that this was information that normally takes months if not years to build.” She said. “They were being required to produce it in something like 48 hours without any power to make anyone answer questions or provide the information they would need.”
She said this is frightening from the standpoint of public confidence. Even before 2020, that a majority of people didn’t have faith in the integrity of our elections, she said.
“We have slowly become like the nations we have criticized over the decades,” she said.
She said many establishment Republicans sided with the Democrats regarding Trump’s claims.
“There is the weird case of Trump’s own attorney general, Bill Barr, actually calling the Associated Press,” she said. “According to my sourcing, he reached out to them and wanted to be interviewed right after the election and it was in that interview that Bill Barr declared there wasn’t any fraud more or less.”
This lead to a story soon saying “Disputing President Donald Trump’s persistent baseless claims, Attorney General William Barr declared, Tuesday, The U.S. Justice Department has uncovered no evidence of widespread voter fraud that could change the outcome of the 2020 Election.”
Ms. Attkisson notes that Barr couldn’t have known as there had been no real investigation and AP couldn’t have known that Trump’s claims were “baseless.’
“It didn’t make sense to me to have it reported this way and to have Bill Barr saying these things, at least from a journalism and factual standpoint,” she said.
(William McSwain, then U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, published a letter saying Barr ordered him to stop an investigation. Retired intelligence officer Tony Shaffer working privately also has publicly said Barr ordered him to stop an investigation of suspicious ballots being transported from New York State to Pennsylvania)
Ms Attkisson also pointed out the proclamation of “no fraud” changed in the weeks after the election.
“Initially, the media said there was no fraud,” she said. “And then when some fraud was uncovered they said, ‘well, there was no widespread voter fraud’ and then when there was arguably some widespread voter fraud that could have taken place, they changed it to ‘there was no evidence of widespread voter frauc that could have changed the outcome of the 2020 election.”
She said they kept modifying the phraseology to put the issue to rest.
“It seemed to me to be an effort to make the topic untouchable for the future,” she said. “Let nobody dare claim there could have been irregularities or fraud in 2020 or they would be banished to social media oblivion, lampooned, discredited. After all, they would say in the media, it was established that this was the cleanest election ever in history.”
She said that while she didn’t have the resources to find a definitive answer to 2020 she could report on other election integrity issues hence the rest of the podcast in which she touches on last year’s Ozzie Meyer vote fraud conviction in Philly and matters in Arizona.
It’s an interesting 50 minutes . Here’s a link to the places it can be heard: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/sharylattkissonpodcast/episodes/184–What-really-happened-in-the-2020-election–A-Sharyl-Attkisson-Investigation-e23tfnc?%24web_only=true&_branch_match_id=758824792243286089&utm_source=web&utm_campaign=web-share&utm_medium=sharing&_branch_referrer=H4sIAAAAAAAAA8soKSkottLXLy7IL8lMq0zMS87IL9ItT03SSywo0MvJzMvWT9X3NU4rzAzNcvGrSgIANVRNYzAAAAA%3D
If you missed the Trump town hall, also very much worth watching, it can be found here: https://rumble.com/v2n5gzy-commercial-free-replay-president-trumps-cnn-townhall-05-10-2023.html