After his supporters united in exuberant solidarity at a rally in West Virginia Wednesday night, Trump drove a dagger into the hearts of Democrats with the announcement that Governor Jim Justice was changing his Party affiliation to Republican.
Rare is the instance in which governors switch sides, but that didn’t stop ABC’s “World News Tonight” and NBC’s “Nightly News” from ignoring the development altogether. To its credit, CBS’ “Evening News” acknowledged Justice’s move in an in-depth 13-second soliloquy by anchor Anthony Mason: “The President is promising a big announcement at a rally this evening in West Virginia. Spoiler alert: The news is the governor of West Virginia is switching parties. Democrat Jim Justice is becoming a Republican.”
A sitting governor changing sides has vast implications for the nature of gubernatorial races in the future, two of which are being held later this year in New Jersey and Virginia. New Jersey has all but been locked up by a Democrat, but the race in Virginia is up in the air. With Justice’s decision, 34 of the 50 states are now headed by a Republican.
However, ABC instead spent 17 seconds reporting on the most-often stolen car models in the United States, while on NBC, Lester Holt spoke for 30 seconds on a Boeing test flight.
This left Trump to report on the successful rally himself, tweeting: “West Virginia was incredible last night. Crowds and enthusiasm were beyond, GDP at 3%, wow! Dem Governor became a Republican last night.”
Apparently, the full politicization of the American media continues.
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