Nordlinger: Why Won’t Press Start Covering Fictitious Fraud?

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There is no evidence of any non-trivial number of people casting fraudulent ballots. Given that reality, I find it remarkable that allegations of “voter fraud” each and every year manage to get a non-trivial quantity of press coverage. But Jay Nordlinger thinks the press ignores these stories and that America will only stand up and demand a stop to fraud that isn’t happening when the media starts doing its job and covering fraud that isn’t happening:

Do you remember when the Gore people handed cartons of cigarettes to homeless people, to entice them to the polls, or register Democratic, or whatever? We righties had a lot of fun with that — because Gore was Mr. Anti-Tobacco, you’ll recall. (That’s before he went Global Warming.) But it takes more than righties having fun — it takes the big people saying, “This is a story.”

If it’s true that Al Gore’s campaign staff was giving homeless people cigarettes in order to entice them to go vote, that would indeed be funny because Gore was Mr. Anti-Tobacco. On the other hand, it would be strange for the press to give widespread coverage to these instances of election fraud given that it’s not election fraud. For the press to provide widespread coverage of people voting illegally, there would need to be instances of people voting illegally. Nordlinger, even amidst whining that the press isn’t covering fraud, can’t produce an example of fraud for people to cover. Just as when the Bush Justice Department brought inappropriate and illegal political pressure to bear on US Attorneys across the country to investigate voter fraud, they could barely come up with anything to investigate. It just doesn’t happen. Among other things, the secret ballot makes it a little impractical to bribe people to vote for your candidate.

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