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‘The Stakes Couldn’t Be Higher’: A Day After Biden’s Admonition to Media, George Stephanopoulos Warns of ‘Abnormal Election’

George Stephanopoulos of ABC’s This Week conveyed a stark message to viewers, emphasizing the unprecedented challenges facing the United States in the 2024 presidential election. 

This commentary aligns closely with President Joe Biden’s recent appeal to the media to approach the upcoming election with the gravity it demands due to its complex circumstances.

Stephanopoulos set the tone by listing the legal predicaments surrounding former President Donald Trump, including criminal trials and numerous indictments. 

This litany of legal challenges is uncharted for any sitting or former U.S. president, illustrating the unique backdrop against which the 2024 election is unfolding.

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In a significant speech at the White House correspondents’ dinner, President Biden urged the media to eschew typical election coverage focused on political gamesmanship. 

“Rise up to the seriousness of the moment,” said Biden, concluding his speech, pressing the media persons present for a deeper reflection on the substantive issues at stake, particularly the threats to democratic principles.

Opening his show with an unusually direct editorial comment, Stephanopoulos mirrored Biden’s sentiments by declaring the election an abnormal event that tests democratic norms. 

He challenged his peers in the media to rise above standard election coverage and address the deeper existential issues at play.

Terming the elections “abnormal,” he said that the media should not underestimate the fact that the “scale of the abnormality is so staggering.”

The ABC anchor argued that the sheer number of unprecedented issues surrounding Trump might desensitize the public and the media, risking a lapse into treating this election cycle as just another political contest rather than a pivotal moment in American history.

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Highlighting the gravity of the situation, Stephanopoulos likened the current political climate to the tensions of the Civil War era. 

He called this election a test of America’s commitment to the rule of law, factual discourse, and the peaceful transfer of power.

Echoing Biden’s remarks, Stephanopoulos underscored the responsibility of journalists to engage deeply with the implications of this election for American democracy. 

He stressed that the media must scrutinize the real issues beyond the sensational headlines.

Adding to the urgency, Stephanopoulos referenced Biden’s comments on Trump’s dictatorial aspirations and alarming rhetoric about revenge and retribution, which starkly contrast with traditional presidential discourse.

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In a rare media appearance, President Biden discussed these issues with radio host Howard Stern, reinforcing his readiness to confront Trump in the forthcoming debates and highlighting the critical nature of the electoral contest.

As the 2024 election approaches, Stephanopoulos’s call to action for the media to adapt its coverage reflects a broader concern about preserving democratic integrity in challenging times. 

His remarks serve as a reminder of the stakes involved and the essential role of the press in safeguarding the democratic process.