The Convention Tone Police (And Tone Police Brutality)

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By Tim Graham ~

The political party conventions keep slowly receding from their place in the national spotlight, especially with these virtual, genuine-imitation conventions. The audiences (and air times) seem to shrink every four years, and most people who tune in are the most committed partisans, not the most independent and persuadable voters. But one long-standing trend in media bias persistently remains: the description of tone.

The Trump team came out of the Democrat convention insisting the tone was very dark and divisive. Biden blatantly associated Trump with the darkness, and allied himself with “the light,” almost implying that Trump was Satan and he was climbing the stairway to Heaven.

But NBC’s Savannah Guthrie swooned that the “deeply optimistic,” “hopeful,” and “intimate” Biden address “took on the tone at the end of almost a preacher at the pulpit.” MSNBC’s Joy Reid also heard a preacher’s Sunday sermon. CBS contributor Maria…

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