THE OFFENSIVENESS OF CALLING JOE BIDEN "PRESIDENT-ELECT"
Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.
Like many of you, I have stopped watching Fox News. Its callus abandonment of the viewers without whom the network would have never survived is unforgivably offensive. It is not that those followers would demand the network to sugar coat the news, or that they would ask it to cover up the truth, it's that they demand they tell it. And somewhere along the way, very suddenly, Fox News abandoned the balanced telling of the truth.
Still, I find myself occasionally stumbling across some snippet someone shared, or find myself listening to Fox Business to catch up on the markets, and I keep hearing Joe Biden described as "President Elect." This is about the most offensive comment on television today not only because of its arrogance, but because of the ignorance and insensitivity it displays.
First to the arrogance. Who died and told the news services they were in charge of determining who is the President-Elect? I have reread my copy of the Constitution of the United States and nowhere does it say that the press is responsible for installing the next president or determining the winner. At this point, the only defense the press can proffer for calling one candidate President Elect over the other is. . . well . . . because it says so. There are no certified elections. There are no assignments of delegates. In fact, the preliminary results from some jurisdictions are actively being disputed. It only serves as a testament to its arrogance and self prescribed importance that the press comes off calling one candidate the race's prevailer. And it's unnecessary.
Next, to the ignorance. That the press should continue to bestow the title of President-Elect upon any candidate at this time reveals a naked display of its own ignorance. There are really only two situations where a candidate for President of the United States becomes the President-Elect: if he is voted in by the electoral collage, which at this point is scheduled to take place on December 14, or his opponent concedes. Thus far, neither has occurred. Indeed, it matters not whether the opponent is on sound ground or not to deny his defeat. The bottom line is as long as the result is being contested, neither candidate may be declared the winner, or "elected." If President Trump is wrong on his challenge to the election results and refuses to concede the race, then on December 14, 2020, the Electoral College will meet and elect the former Vice President, President. Until such time there is no President Elect, and the press more than practically any other institution, knows that.
Finally, to its insensitivity. By bestowing the title of "President Elect" upon one candidate over another, the press is demonstrating a gross disregard for the millions of people who voted for his opponent and have reason to believe that he prevailed. Although grossly improper, we've come to expect that from the mainstream media, but not from Fox News. Every time Fox News declares Joe Biden to be the "President-Elect" when there is no law or official body declaring him thus, it pokes its thumb at the millions of followers that catapulted the network to the top of the ratings and believe, earnestly, that this election was stolen from them. These viewers want to see the results contested, scrutinized, and reviewed; and they have no interest in bestowing any titles upon a candidate they firmly believe is in the process of illegally taking this election. Fox News's actions are tone deaf and grossly indifferent to the views of the audience that essentially gave it its existence.
Which brings me to why I no longer watch Fox News.
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He served in the Florida House of Representatives. He is the author of numerous books including The Federalist Pages, The Case for Free Market Healthcare, and Coronalessons. He is available for appearances and book signings, and can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.com.
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopedic surgeon living in Florida. He is a lawyer, author, and former member of the Florida House of Representatives. He is available for speaking engagements at email@example.com