One day after ALEC decided to give up the battle for repressive voter ID laws, Fox News picked up the fallen banner.
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.