Fox News has itself been in the news lately due to the disclosures revealed in the billion dollar defamation lawsuit by Dominion Voting Systems against the network. While Fox News has banned any reporting on their epic scandal, those disclosures have roiled the media ecosphere in extraordinary ways.
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Apparently it wasn’t bad enough that most of the Fox’s executives and hosts were caught lying to their viewers about the 2020 presidential election being “rigged and stolen,” and about their hatred and fear of Donald Trump. Internal communications revealed that everyone from Fox Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch, to propaganda spewing Tucker Carlson, considered Trump and his media mouthpieces to be “insane” and “dangerous.”
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Among the Trump Derangement Syndrome sufferers at Fox News is Sean Hannity. Despite his on-air infatuation with all things Trump, Hannity told his colleagues privately that he “Did not believe [Trump’s election fraud ‘Big Lie’] for one second.” And that dichotomy between Hannity’s TV persona and his true feelings persists to this day. In a segment of his program on Wednesday night (video below), Hannity said that…
“According to former president Donald Trump. the best way now to counter these efforts – and Republicans, you better pay attention, you better adapt, and you better adjust. You better get over your reluctance and resistance to voting by mail and voting early. And you better meet, and probably defeat, Democratic efforts at legal ballot harvesting based on state law. These efforts, by the way, are the only way you’ll get in the game, or otherwise you start election day down 500,000 votes. That’s hard to make up on election day.”
Anyone who has been following Trump and his acute election obsession knows that he is adamantly opposed to early and mail-in voting. He has been unambiguous about his hostility toward these democracy-enhancing measures. He regards them as inherently corrupt and subject to rampant fraud, as he raged explicitly in a furious tweet…
GET RID OF BALLOT HARVESTING, IT IS RAMPANT WITH FRAUD. THE USA MUST HAVE VOTER I.D., THE ONLY WAY TO GET AN HONEST COUNT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 14, 2020
Nevertheless, Hannity falsely claimed that Trump supports voting by mail and voting early. And he played a video that Trump posted on his floundering Twitter ripoff, Truth Social, as proof. The only problem with it was that it only tangentially addressed voting by mail and voting early…
“Many states have banned ballot harvesting to keep our elections honest and fair. But in the states where ballot harvesting is still legal, we have no choice but to beat the Democrats at their own game. It’s very simple. Either we start ballot harvesting or you can say goodbye to our country. You can just wave goodbye, because Democrats would win every single election.”
Trump is (sort of) right. The more people who vote, the more likely that Democrats will win. However, in this context, Trump was talking only about ballot harvesting, a practice that he has also opposed in the past, but now appears to embrace, despite his conviction that it is dishonest and unfair. It’s likely that he was persuaded to adopt this position after the trouncing that he and Republicans suffered in 2020 and 2022. However, he never mentioned any other form of early voting or voting by mail. That was all Hannity putting words in his mouth.
For the record, ballot harvesting is only permitted by law in thirty-six states. And about half of them restrict who can harvest ballots (i.e. family members) and/or strictly limit the quantity that can be collected. So while it could make a difference in some close races in swing states, the other methods of early voting are likely to be far more impactful. And although Hannity is desperate to get Republicans to embrace it, Trump is still not doing so. But that didn’t stop Hannity from saying he does. Because, as recent news has affirmed, lying is what Fox News does.
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President Trump: "Many states have banned ballot harvesting to keep our elections honest and fair. But in the states where ballot harvesting is still legal, we have no choice but to beat the Democrats at their own game!" pic.twitter.com/B4xZbYXesM
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) March 9, 2023
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