Presidential election produces irregularities, exclusive coverage

Remember, remember the Third of November. 

There is much that will be remembered about this election. The turnout, the pandemic, the candidates and the legal battles to come. 

As I write this article, no winner has been announced and the current electoral votes stand at Joe Biden with 264 and Donald Trump with 214.

However, the focus of this article will be to address the irregularities of information and the election. Specifically my observations regarding voter fraud and the election coverage. 

During this time of uncertainty, it’s easy for false or misleading information to make its way into our conversations. There have been reports of voter fraud in Michigan and Wisconsin, yet both of those claims have been debunked by several fact-checkers including those at the BBC, and PolitiFact

Perhaps the most convenient way to obtain information about the election has been through the news media.  

Part of being a stable democracy means holding free and fair elections. However, both presidential candidates have cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election and these claims have been picked up by news media and widely circulated.

I was reminded recently about how easy it is for conspiracy to be regarded as fact. Yes, there may be cause for concerns, but it is important to take everything with a grain of salt. 

Just because you want something to be true does not mean that it is true. 

Sadly, I could not find a real-life equivalent to Newsnight 2.0 with Will McAvoy on election night. 

That being said, election coverage was particularly interesting to me regardless. The 3 stations I watched were MSNBC, BBC and Al Jazeera. 

Just to preface, this is all observation. But, I found it interesting how MSNBC treated the election like entertainment. Yes, there was a lot of thorough analysis, but I felt like I was watching a talk show. I felt as though there was more emphasis on the pomp and circumstance than the facts. 

As much as I find Rachel Maddow entertaining, I did not really care for the speculation and the dramatization of this really critical election. 

BBC and Al Jazeera were much less talk-show-esque. 

However, I found the exclusivity of the U.S. election coverage the most interesting. Every major news channel, foreign and domestic, was covering the U.S. election. Contrary to what some may believe, the world does not stop for the U.S. election and there was a lot that happened during the time of our election. 

For example, the Israeli Military razed an entire village in West Bank, Palestine and hardly anyone has picked up that story. Those people are now homeless. 

In Ethiopia, the Prime Minister declared a state of emergency when the opposition in the Tigray region allegedly began to take military equipment. There is conflict in that region currently taking place.

Perhaps a reason for this exclusivity is that the US elections have a much larger impact than we sometimes think. Yes, the policies of either Trump or Biden will dominate American lives for the next few years. But they will also impact the lives of people abroad; some of whom depend on foreign aid or trade with US companies. 

A lot of people around the world have a lot at stake with this election and that puts into perspective how important this election is.

The views expressed are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect those of The Torch.

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