Major outlet steers readers to support socialism
November 7, 2022
Vogue took it upon itself to provide its readers with a voting guide ahead of the 2022 midterm elections. However, it used the guide to quietly urge its audience to seek voting advice from the Democratic Socialists of America.
On its face, the voter guide seems like a well-intentioned and informative piece for readers. Though once readers reach the “Where can I find information about who to vote for?” section, this changes.
The article tells readers that “researching a voter guide from verified sources — for example, your city or town’s local [Democratic Socialists of America] chapter” can help them decide who to vote for. Furthermore, the author hyperlinks to the website of the DSA’s Austin, Texas, chapter.
Upon examination, there is no available voting guide listed on the Austin DSA website. Thus, it’s unlikely the author simply included the reference because she had heard of the DSA’s well-crafted voter guides and been convinced to traffic readers there.
Even the DSA’s national website does not offer a voter guide that is easily accessible to voters. It begs the question, why did Vogue feel compelled to send readers to this organization, if not to push radical Left-wing policies on them?
The DSA is a 501(c)(4) organization that is mainly focused on policy advocacy, namely the Green New Deal. After doing some digging, 2022 election cycle endorsements from the organization can be found. However, the group only made endorsements in 16 states and the District of Columbia.
And in those locations, it endorsed as few as one candidate or policy initiative per state. Notably, the organization endorsed far-left Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Cori Bush (D-Mo.), and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.).
In Texas, where Austin DSA is located, only two candidates were endorsed. Neither of the candidates is in statewide races. The group only gave its seal of approval to candidates for Travis County Commissioner and Travis County Justice of the Peace.
Vogue does also reference the League of Women Voters as an option for guidance. The non-partisan advocacy group does, unlike the DSA, offer a voter guide with information on candidates across the political spectrum.
The author further writes that she sought counsel from her county’s local Democratic Party before deciding who to cast her ballot for. She does not mention that readers could reach out to their local Republican Party, nor she does not include any right-leaning sources or a DSA equivalent.