The National  Memo Logo

Smart. Sharp. Funny. Fearless.

Monday, December 09, 2019 {{ new Date().getDay() }}

Former Speaker and Fox News commentator Newt Gingrich

Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.

Fox News, which is traditionally obsessed with purported cases of "voter fraud," has yet to mention last week's reports that President Donald Trump and White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany each apparently violated election laws, according to a Media Matters review.

Fox promotes a steady stream of false or exaggerated reports of "voter fraud," which in reality is incredibly rare. The network's commentators fill its airwaves with conspiracy theories about elections stolen through widespread irregularities to promote policies that make it harder for people to cast ballots -- particularly Black, brown, and younger voters who are more likely to support Democrats.


On Monday, for example, Newt Gingrich warned the hosts of Fox & Friends that Democrats are promoting the use of mail-in ballots in response to the coronavirus pandemic so they can engage in massive fraud because they "believe they can't win an honest election."

But there are some election fraud cases that Fox hosts traditionally downplay or even ignore altogether -- the ones that involve crimes committed by Republicans. And in that fashion, the Trump and McEnany cases have gone conspicuously unmentioned on the network.

Trump may have both committed voter registration fraud and voted illegally over the past year, according to a June 4 report in The Washington Post. On the same day in September, Trump registered to vote in Florida but listed his legal residence as the White House, and he separately filed paperwork to change his legal address to his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida. This apparently violated Florida law, which requires voters to be state residents. A month later, he filed a new voter registration form listing his address as Mar-a-Lago, and he voted by mail in Florida's March primary. But that vote also appears legally questionable, as the club may not be a legal personal residence for the purposes of voter registration.

McEnany also appears to have voted illegally, The Huffington Post reported on June 5. She voted in the 2018 Florida primary and general elections registered under her parents' Florida home address while living in the Washington, D.C., area and holding a New Jersey driver's license.

Can you imagine how Fox might have reacted to a report that President Barack Obama and one of his press secretaries might have voted illegally? The network is so aggressive about such stories that just three months ago, Fox host Tucker Carlson warned that the implementation of former first lady Michelle Obama's push for expanded mail-in voting "would instantly destroy the public's faith in election outcomes and hence, our democracy." An Obama voter fraud allegation would doubtlessly trigger nonstop special reports, doomsaying proclamations that our election system was hanging by a thread, and demands from Carlson, Gingrich, and their ilk to lock the Democrats up for their crimes.

It's almost like Fox's concern isn't really with whether it is an "honest election" after all.

Advertising

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Sidney Powell Fingerprints All Over Fake Slates Of Electors

On January 21, Politico published a draft executive order under which Donald Trump authorized a number of chilling actions, beginning with this military seizure of voting machines:

“Effective immediately, the Secretary of Defense shall seize, collect, retain, and analyze all machines, equipment, electronically stored information, and material records … “

The draft order, which would have then also called for “federalization of appropriate National Guard support,” would have placed a series of Trump officials in charge of these machines, which would have remained under the supervision of the assistant secretary of defense, with a Trump-appointed “Special Counsel” to bring criminal charges against those deemed to have been involved in election fraud.

Keep reading... Show less

GOP Already Attacking Unnamed SCOTUS Nominee With Racist Dog Whistles

Photo by MaskedMissouri/ Twitter

Justice Stephen Breyer is reportedly planning to retire, giving President Joe Biden his first chance to appoint someone to the Supreme Court. But without waiting for either to formally announce their plans, Senate Republicans are already smearing potential nominees and resorting to racist dog whistle attacks.

"Moment of truth for Joe Biden. Will this deeply unpopular & divisive president finally reject the radical elements of his party and nominate someone who loves America and believes in the Constitution?" tweeted Sen. Josh Hawley on Wednesday. "Or will he continue to tear apart this country w/ a woke activist?"

Keep reading... Show less
x
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}