By Patrick Colbeck
According to Wikipedia, the term “gaslighting” is defined as follows:
The media often uses gaslighting narratives to promote a particular political viewpoint or silence political rivals.
A case in point is a December 9, 2022 article by Craig Mauger of the Detroit News.
If reported factually, the story would highlight the following facts:
- Former Michigan State Senator was investigating 2020 election fraud in preparation for January 6th, 2021 Electoral College vote by Congress.
- In support of this investigation, Livonia clerk was asked to share copies of the 2020 election records subpoenaed by the Michigan House and Senate including images of electronic voting systems
- Former Michigan State Senator coordinated the availability of a cyber forensic experts to analyze the equipment in a timely and professional manner
- Livonia clerk committed to providing such records if given clearance to do so by the Michigan Senate and House members who issued the subpoena
- Former Michigan State Senator obtained signed letter giving clearance to release records which was shared with clerk
- After efforts to secure a cyber forensic team and permission from the MI Senate and House, the Clerk reneged on previous commitment to release the records upon receipt of legislative clearance
- The Michigan Senate and House never picked up the electronic records issued in the subpoena despite them being made available to them by the Livonia Clerk
- To this day, there has been no cyber forensic analysis of the electronic records for the 2020 general election in the City of Livonia
Instead, the article engages in gaslighting by painting the following picture:
- Livonia clerk was pressured to hand over election equipment…
- Clerk is portrayed as a victim feeling threatened
- Clerk is lionized as a hero by saying “I would not break the law”
- Makes it seem as if letter was submitted to Mark Meadows on clerk’s behalf
- Criminal charges listed at end of article as a means of inferring that former Michigan State Senator had committed a crime for asking for such records
“”This was the first time I felt threatened in any way during all of this,” Nash told the Attorney General’s office.”Detroit News
“…The potential charges in that case include conspiracy, using a computer system to commit a crime, willfully damaging a voting machine, malicious destruction of property, fraudulent access to a computer or computer system and false pretenses, according to the Attorney General’s Office.”Detroit News
Upon publishing, the word went out to those politically aligned with the author to amplify the gaslight narrative on social media.
What the Detroit News article fails to mention is the following:
- No one asked the clerk to break the law. In fact, all actions attributed to those seeking access to election records in the article were clearly lawful.
- Since when is it illegal to ask an elected official for information that should be a matter of public record?
- Letter addressed to Mark Meadows was drafted and provided to Clerk in order to expedite her preparation of such a letter. It was never sent to Mark Meadows on her behalf as implied by the article.
- What changed the mind of the clerk between when she committed to releasing the records and her subsequent refusal to do so?
- What pressure was applied by the Michigan Secretary of State not to release the election records?
- What pressure was applied by electronic voting system vendors and their representatives not to release the records?
- Why did neither the MI Senate nor House obtain and analyze the electronic records requested in their subpoena?
- To this day, there are missing audit trail links in the electronic voting system records which call into question the integrity of the 2020 and 2022 elections.
- Clerks like Stephanie Scott of Adams Township, MI have been threatened and removed from election oversight by the Michigan Bureau of Elections under Jocelyn Benson simply for questioning their election procedures.
It certainly seems as if the purpose of the article by Craig Mauger of the Detroit News was to neutralize the leading advocate for election fraud investigations in the State of Michigan. Rules for Radicals author Saul Alinsky would certainly applaud his efforts:
13. “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” Cut off the support network and isolate the target from sympathy. Go after people and not institutions; people hurt faster than institutions.https://www.openculture.com/2017/02/13-rules-for-radicals.html
There is a lingering question that deserves to be asked…Was Mauger acting on his own or was he directed by someone else to take up this charge?
Gaslight narratives by the media are an abuse of their protections under the First Amendment. These narratives enable the media to convict someone in the court of public opinion with impunity. Rather than secure the sacred principles embodied in our Constitution, such media tactics resemble the principles exhibited by ruthless, communist regimes.
“Show me the man and I’ll show you the crime”Lavrentiy Beria, the most ruthless and longest-serving secret police chief in Joseph Stalin’s reign of terror in Russia and Eastern Europe
These tactics need to be exposed. Thankfully, recent news stories regarding the #TwitterFiles and Hunter Biden’s laptops are starting to expose the agenda of all too many “reporters” like Craig Mauger in the media.