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The Monday night before California’s recall election, two of the broadcast networks were solidly backing embattled Governor Gavin Newsom as they downplayed his COVID hypocrisy and tried to stoke fear of Republican front runner and radio host, Larry Elder. But meanwhile, one network saw fit to hold Newsom’s feet to the fire by opposing his smears of recall effort and calling out how Democrats controlled the state as poverty exploded.
ABC correspondent Matt Gutman kicked off his World News Tonight report by pushing the Newsom campaign’s outrageous claim that people were going to die if Elder became governor:
GUTMAN: As he fights to keep his job, Governor Gavin Newsom welcoming President Biden to California tonight and warning voters the stakes could not be any higher.
NEWSOM: This election is a matter of life and death. Public health is on the ballot.