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  • The voter fraud & intimidation stories you won't hear about on Fox

    ››› ››› CHELSEA RUDMAN

    For the past several months, Fox News has hyped GOP accusations of voter fraud, no matter how little evidence exists to support them, and Bret Baier has promised that Fox will cover voter fraud allegations "in every show." But Fox has failed to report on, or has dismissed and distorted, numerous accusations of voter fraud or intimidation carried out by individuals linked to right-wing groups and politicians.

  • UPDATED: Breitbart says ABC invited him to appear on broadcast television

    Blog ››› ››› JEREMY SCHULMAN

    Andrew Breitbart has released what he says is an email contradicting ABC News' assertion that the network never planned to include him in its televised Election Night coverage.

    On Friday, Breitbart's Big Journalism website reported that Breitbart would be "featured" on ABC's "election night coverage." According to Big Journalism, Breitbart would be "bringing analysis live from Arizona."

    Several hours later, ABC spokesman David Ford confirmed to Media Matters that Breitbart "will be one of many voices on our air."

    After receiving heavy criticism, ABC released a statement Saturday purporting to "explain what Mr. Breitbart's role has always been as one of our guests at our digital town hall event" [emphasis added]. According to the ABC statement, "Breitbart will not be a part of the ABC News broadcast coverage" and will instead "engage with a live, studio audience that will be closely following the election results and participating in an online-only discussion and debate."

    But on Sunday night, Breitbart insisted that wasn't the original deal. Breitbart wrote, "I can state with absolute certainty that the verbal pitch to me to participate was punctuated by the opportunity to appear as part of ABC News' broadcast television for the night. I was also aware that the majority of my participation -- seven long hours -- would be online."

  • Beck pitches in on Fox's voter-fraud fear fest

    Blog ››› ››› TODD GREGORY

    Fox News has mounted an impressive campaign to convince its audience that voter fraud is a rampant problem ahead of Tuesday's elections -- Bret Baier even promoted his channel's coverage of the topic on Sunday's Special Report by telling viewers that Fox would be reporting on voter-fraud allegations "in every show." (As we've noted, voter fraud occurs infrequently, and the conservative media's incessant claims about election fraud have been false more often than not.)

    Glenn Beck contributed to the campaign during a special Sunday edition of his TV show, bolstering the narrative with false claims and fearmongering. In fact, during the opening segment, Beck told viewers that he was going to "scare the bat snot out of you in the next hour."

    Glenn Beck is nothing if not subtle.

  • Even Brit Hume isn't convinced by Palin and Breitbart's allegations

    Blog ››› ››› JEREMY SCHULMAN

    This morning, on Fox News Sunday, Fox News contributor Sarah Palin announced that "we have the tape that proves" that journalists at CBS Anchorage affiliate KTVA "conspired to make up stories about" Republican Senate candidate Joe Miller.

    Hours earlier, several websites operated by discredited blogger Andrew Breitbart had posted audio and transcripts that they claimed showed "the news director for ... KTVA, along with assignment editor Nick McDermott, and other reporters, openly discussing creating, if not fabricating, two stories about ... Miller." Breitbart has a history of posting deceptively edited videos and making false allegations.

    Unfortunately for Palin and Breitbart, their claims are entirely unsupported -- and media are starting to notice.

  • The Fox primary: Politico reports on Palin vs. Rove vs. Huckabee vs. Gingrich

    Blog ››› ››› MEDIA MATTERS STAFF

    From an October 31 Politico article titled "Next for GOP leaders: Stopping Palin":

    Top Republicans in Washington and in the national GOP establishment say the 2010 campaign highlighted an urgent task that they will begin in earnest as soon as the elections are over: Stop Sarah Palin.

    Interviews with advisers to the main 2012 presidential contenders and with other veteran Republican operatives make clear they see themselves on a common, if uncoordinated, mission of halting the momentum and credibility Palin gained with conservative activists by plunging so aggressively into this year's midterm campaigns.

    There is rising expectation among GOP elites that Palin will probably run for president in 2012 and could win the Republican nomination, a prospect many of them regard as a disaster in waiting.


    Top Republicans, from presidential hopefuls Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty to highly influential advisers such as Karl Rove and Ed Gillespie, are said to be concerned she will run, and could win, according to the officials.


    Rove, one of the few establishment types to raise flags publicly about a Palin bid, this week told Britain's Daily Telegraph that her upcoming reality show on cable TV could diminish her presidential standing. "I am not certain how this fits in the American calculus of 'that helps me see you in the Oval Office,'" Rove said.

    Steele sounded a different note in a POLITICO interview: "I don't think that Sarah's too much worried about what Karl Rove's speculations are."


    "If she runs, she runs right at the establishment," said a top adviser to a rival campaign. As witnessed in recent weeks, she would have powerful backup -- at least at the outset of a campaign -- among conservative media figures, especially Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and Glenn Beck.


    Palin wouldn't be the only anti-establishment candidate. Mike Huckabee, who had the highest favorability ratings among the possible GOP candidates in a POLITICO/George Washington University poll in October, is a strong possibility and, according to a recent New York Times story by Peter Baker, is the White House favorite to win the nomination, for whatever that is worth. Huckabee and Palin have hit Rove for tweaking the tea party activists, and it's safe to assume voters will hear a lot more tweaking in the months to come. Newt Gingrich, who has raised more money than any other GOP hopeful, will compete for this space, too, and recently told a confidant he needs to show more self-discipline if he really wants to run and win.