Another Media Matters Miss: What Voter Fraud?
Media Matters has managed to turn denying the obvious into a somewhat lucrative (for them, not for the donors, some who are abandoning ship) business. MMfA's Baghdad Bob impression, as it concerned Indiana fraud during the 2008 election, was no exception. From October 18, 2011:
... here's how Fox News anchor Martha MacCallum began a report this morning: "There may have been some serious voter fraud in the Democratic primary back in 2008." The caption throughout the ensuing segment claimed: "Indiana district accused of 2008 Dem Primary Voter Fraud."
And yet, this segment mentioned absolutely no cases of actual voter fraud whatsoever. There are no allegations of fraudulently cast ballots. In fact, the alleged crimes mentioned in the report occurred long before any votes were ever cast.
Earlier this month, Indiana media outlets reported that dozens of signatures of St. Joseph County residents, submitted by the campaigns of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to get their candidates on the 2008 primary ballot, had been forged. The county prosecutor has announced an investigation and the county Democratic chairman has resigned in the wake of the report.
The alleged crimes are serious and should be investigated and any perpetrators punished. But the alleged crimes are not voter fraud, no matter how much Fox wants them to be.
This is the reality, reported yesterday:
Felony charges related to election fraud have touched the 2008 race for the highest office in the land.
Prosecutors in South Bend, Ind., filed charges Monday against four St. Joseph County Democratic officials and deputies as part of a multiple-felony case involving the alleged forging of Democratic presidential primary petitions in the 2008 election, which put then-candidates Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the Indiana ballot.
The officials are accused of taking part in a scheme to fake signatures and names on the primary petitions needed to run for president. Court papers say the plan was hatched by local Democratic Party officials inside the local party headquarters.
Election Journal also has this video from Indiana:
An attempt to defraud the voters? Presenting names placed on the ballot by fraudulent means? Sure seems like it.
Media Matters also judges reality by whether or not the egregiously corrupt Obama DOJ prosecutes them. According to their logic, the voter intimidation by the New Black Panthers never happened.
MMfA's spin on voter fraud isn't accepted by an attorney who actually worked with the DOJ: J. Christian Adams was the whistle blower on the NBPP case and has written extensively of corruption at the DOJ and citizen efforts to bring attention to voter fraud. Of course, I hardly expect MMfA to acknowledge the voter fraud rampant across the country, not when they're too busy shoring up the administration.