Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Fox News Picks Up ALEC’s Banner On Voter ID Laws

Ken O’Brien

Special Report with Bret Baier featured a report by Shannon Bream that advanced the misinformation effort supporting the campaign for these laws that seek to disenfranchise elderly, young and minority voters.

It was amusing that the report led off with a statement by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley citing such laws as “common sense”. Apparently she was unaware of the famous observation by Mark Twain as to how uncommon “common sense” actually is.

Never missing the opportunity to include one of their favorite right wing demons, the report included a comment by Van Jones who has been the subject of vilification by Fox News for years.

Here’s the report as it appeared tonight:

Combined with this was an online and texting poll that allowed viewers to express their opinion on the issue of voter fraud. The results of that poll were as follows:

These results only serve to reinforce the results of numerous studies that show that viewers of Fox News are the most misinformed of all information consumers.

For years the Brennan Center for Law and Justice at the New York University School of Law has studied, researched, analyzed and reported on the issue of voter fraud. In the end their studies have shown that the odds of an actual event of voter fraud rank with the chance of being struck by lightning.

If you continue to watch The Fox News Channel in the belief that you are getting “fair and balanced” reporting, you are simply engaging in self-deception. You are satisfying a need to reinforce your fear, insecurity, bias and inability to accept factual reality.


  1. I personally think the voter ID law should be a law. In 2000 in Spencer in a campaign run by Pete Durant (then on the FinComm for Spencer) ran a recall election and Pete ran the web site to remove under less than suspect conditions, three Selectman dut to false ethics charges. After the elction was over, and the SM in question removed, they were all found not guilty of the charge. As a caveat, over 200 dead people voted. A suit was brought against the town by Attorney Howard Potash and was promptly thrown out of court on a technicality. It happens even if we don't think it can Ken, and I watched it go down in my town and the offenders got away with it and moved on to bigger and better things. God bless America.

    1. Bob:
      I'd truly like to see the proof that 200 dead people voted and I'd like to know on what technicality the case was thrown out of court.


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