Dec
13
2011

For False Balance, WaPo Cites Phony Report on Vote Fraud

In today's Washington Post (12/13/11), Jerry Markon reports on the news that the White House "will wade into the increasingly divisive national debate over new voting laws." But the article's explanation of the concept of "voter fraud"–the ostensible rationale for these Republican efforts to restrict voting–leaves a lot to be desired. Markon writes that liberal and civil rights groups have been raising alarms about the remaining laws, calling them an "assault on democracy" and an attempt to depress minority voter turnout. Supporters of the tighter laws say they are needed to combat voter fraud. That's the usual (and frustrating) on-the-one-hand, […]