Tim Pool, the Boomer Whisperer, is correct about this.
The GOP acts like the “mainstream media” still exists. They act like their voters care about the norms. They act like “journalists” are still taken seriously by their base. It is a reflexive reaction to punches that may have landed thirty years ago when the “mainstream media” still had credibility.
Joe Biden went down to Georgia and compared Mitt Romney to George Wallace, Bull Connor and Jefferson Davis. He dropped to 34% in the polls there. Jim Acosta now has a primetime show on CNN in which he accuses the GOP every night of being an “authoritarian” party bent on destroying American democracy. Fareed Zakaria recently had a big special on CNN in which he compared Trump to Hitler.
Every single day there is some “journalist” out there on CNN and MSNBC accusing the GOP of racism and “fascism” and “white supremacy” and “authoritarianism” and destroying American democracy. They have already used every scare word in their arsenal to try to spook the electorate. It is the Chicken Little / The Boy Who Cried Wolf scenario. The rhetoric is so inflated that most people just tune it out now.
The New York Times began the year with that breathless editorial about how “every day is 1/6 now.” The “pro-democracy media” which has rejected “both sidesism” put on a big solemn show for the “1/6” anniversary. No one cares anymore. In fact, the GOP began to explicitly talk about White people and the Great Replacement in 2021 and seems poised for its biggest victory in a century.
Republican politicians are too afraid of being called racist by the media. If that was working, then millions of people would be watching Jim Acosta on CNN.