Time magazine published a report Thursday detailing what it describes as a secretive “well-funded cabal” between business leaders and largely left-wing activists to ensure any and all claims of fraud in the 2020 election were quickly quashed.
The article, titled “The Secret History of the Shadow Campaign That Saved the 2020 Election,” paints the colluders as heroes, but admits to “a vast, cross-partisan campaign to protect the election — an extraordinary shadow effort,” in the words of author Molly Ball.
As Ball describes it, the cabal was responsible for getting states to change their voting laws ahead of the election — a practice that faced heavy pushback from conservatives — and for the strong push toward mail-in voting.
“Though much of this activity took place on the left,” Ball asserted, “it was separate from the [Joe] Biden campaign and crossed ideological lines, with crucial contributions by nonpartisan and conservative actors.”
“Rigorous rules and enforcement”
The group — ironically dubbed the “Democracy Defense Coalition” by The New York Times in January, according to Breitbart — reportedly recruited massive numbers of poll workers and pressured social media companies to censor content that questioned the integrity of the election.
“It took pushing, urging, conversations, brainstorming, all of that to get to a place where we ended up with more rigorous rules and enforcement,” Vanita Gupta, an attorney who met with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey during the campaign season, told Ball.
Notably, Ball reported, Gupta has since “been nominated for Associate Attorney General by President Biden.”
The group also worked to fight the voter suppression lawsuits that followed the election and spread stories in the press that explained why tallying the ballots took weeks in many cases. “After Election Day, they monitored every pressure point to ensure that [Donald] Trump could not overturn the result,” Ball wrote.
“A paranoid fever dream”
Ball admits that the group’s effort “sounds like a paranoid fever dream — 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.”
She’s got that right — it does sound that way, because it is. While one lawyer described the effort to the Time journalist as a “triumph of American democracy at its very foundation,” it sure doesn’t sound like democracy when the heavy hand of big business and big tech has such an influence on the information that gets out to the public.
Ball wants to believe that “they were not rigging the election; they were fortifying it,” but people can’t make fair and informed choices when they aren’t getting all of the details.
Breaking the social media stranglehold on information is going to be crucial for Republicans going forward. It’s time to stop the infighting and work together on Section 230 reform and free speech initiatives so that future elections can be free from the twisted bullying of the left.