Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith defeated her Democratic opponent, Mike Espy, in Tuesday night’s Senate runoff election in Mississippi despite questionable headlines coming from the establishment media relating to a left-wing publicity stunt involving nooses.
With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Hyde-Smith led her Democratic opponent 53.9 percent to 46.1 percent, according to election results reported by Politico.
Espy, a former congressman and agriculture secretary in the Clinton administration, conceded the race both in a phone call to Hyde-Smith and in a speech to supporters, according to Reuters. “She has my prayers as she goes to Washington to unite a very divided Mississippi,” he said.
Hyde-Smith’s victory put the total number of Republicans in the Senate at 53, compared to 47 Democrats or independents who caucus with Democrats.
Appointed to the Senate after former Sen. Thad Cochran retired in April, Hyde-Smith managed to win the seat outright just a day after leftists set up nooses near the Mississippi Capitol.
The establishment media’s original reporting of the nooses made it seem like a hate crime.
“Nooses and signs, some referring to the upcoming Senate runoff election, have been found on the grounds of the Mississippi State Capitol,” CNN tweeted. “A state spokesman says one of the signs read: ‘We are hanging nooses to remind people that times have not changed.'”
Nooses and signs, some referring to the upcoming Senate runoff election, have been found on the grounds of the Mississippi State Capitol. A state spokesman says one of the signs read: “We are hanging nooses to remind people that times have not changed.” https://t.co/5DFWtuGXA4 pic.twitter.com/qMZu9OrB3H
— CNN (@CNN) November 26, 2018
The tweet neglected to mention that the signs were pro-Democrat and the nooses were meant to paint Hyde-Smith as racist for a joking comment she made earlier this month about attending a public hanging.
While CNN’s article briefly mentioned the pro-Democrat signs, the wording of the tweet could easily lead a reader to believe they had been put up by racists trying to intimidate black voters.
NBC News sent out an even more deceptive tweet.
“Two nooses were found hanging outside the Mississippi State Capitol, along with signs that referenced the racially charged Senate runoff race on Tuesday.”
Two nooses were found hanging outside the Mississippi State Capitol, along with signs that referenced the racially charged Senate runoff race on Tuesday. https://t.co/Y3QjkWmFS8
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 27, 2018
The signs show clear opposition to Hyde-Smith, who has been painted as a racist in recent weeks.
“Thousands of Mississippians will vote for a senator. We need someone who respects lives of lynch victims,” one sign read.
Fortunately, some keen Twitter users pointed out the media’s mishandling of the coverage.
The headlines for this story are very bad. pic.twitter.com/1gyoRq8vCK
— Alex Griswold (@HashtagGriswold) November 27, 2018
Please explain how it occurred that you described these signs which make clear it was a Democratic stunt only as “hate signs” and omitted their content completely in your initial, highly deceptive, reporting. https://t.co/Q0skVTPul6
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) November 27, 2018
Clearly, the fake hate didn’t work this time.
And given the slanted coverage the signs received — and Hyde-Smith’s comfortable margin of victory — it’s likely that the signs actually helped her spur Hyde-Smith supporters to turn out by reminding voters just how ruthless and deceptive the liberal-media alliance has become in trying to defeat Republicans and damage President Donald Trump’s legislative support.
Mississippi’s election just delivered another Senate seat to the GOP.
Hopefully, it’s a sign that voters are beginning to see through the media’s deception.
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