Warren claimed later, in April 2019, that Republicans win elections only when they cheat, an outrageous and conspiratorial allegation much like the ones for which President Trump is so often pilloried. Yet, because it came from Warren, it, too, went largely unreported. The senator then declined an invitation to appear on Fox News, calling the network a “hate-for-profit racket.” The press, which has spent the entirety of the Trump presidency warning about “chilling” attacks on the free press from elected officials, had nothing to say about this. Later, when Warren suggested the same cable news network inspired a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, members of the media were, again, silent.
CNN and others have instead focused much of their 2020 coverage on Warren-friendly stories. For example, who could forget when the obscure Democratic strategist Danny Barefoot announced to his 5,738 Twitter followers that he was endorsing the senator’s candidacy? The Washington Post published a news report later comparing Warren’s campaign “selfies” to Frederick Douglass’s portraits. Later, the Washington Post also went to bat for Warren after her claim to being fired from her job as a teacher in the 1970s for being “visibly pregnant” was proven false by a written record showing that she had actually been asked to stay on in the position.