So much for 'stealing' the Minnesota recount

Blog ››› ››› ERIC BOEHLERT

Conservatives have been relentlessly pushing the notion that Democrats in Minnesota are trying to "steal" the recount underway between Al Franken and Norm Coleman. And we mean relentless.

There's been zero real evidence to prop up the "stealing" meme, but sadly that hasn't stopped the mainstream press for doing the GOP handiwork by advertising the conservatives' claim. For instance, last week the New York Times, in a recount news article, wasted everyone's time by quoting Sean Hannity who claimed (surprise!) Dems were trying to steal the election.

The press really needs to walk away from the shiny GOP object that is, they're-stealing-the-election claim. And at the very least, if the press is going to air those hollow allegations, reporters absolutely must include mention of the fact that Minnesota's Republican governor confirmed, yet again, on Fox News Sunday that there's no proof to back up the "stealing" claim.

And specifically, he shot down the baseless, albeit wildly popular, tale about how 32 disputed ballots were found in a car trunk.

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