Remember the days when nightly news anchors were supposed to be serious journalists? Apparently Brian Williams never got that memo. Appearing on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on August 15, the managing editor of NBC Nightly News showed the continuing decline of the gravitas of the broadcast news anchor.
Appearing on The Daily Show, Williams continued his routine of making awkward and inappropriate comments that even Jon Stewart seemed uncomfortable with. The NBC News veteran seems to find bestiality funny as he gleefully recalled anecdotes about his dog Qually to promote a segment on his primetime newsmagazine program Rock Center. [Video follow page break; MP3 audio here.]
Miami Herald’s Caputo on Voter ‘Purge’: There’s ‘Less Evidence of Suppression and More Evidence of Fraud’
While the national liberal media, particularly MSNBC, have been eager to portray Florida's efforts to remove noncitizens from its voter rolls as a "purge" that is really motivated by partisan attempts at "voter suppression," the Miami Herald reporter who's been covering the story as it develops seems to see it quite differently than his colleagues.
The fight between the state and federal government is but one battle in the war over voting rights and voting integrity in the nation’s most important swing state, where the scars of voting irregularities were magnified in the 2000 elections.
Liberals accuse Scott of “voter suppression;” conservatives say the Obama administration is allowing “voter fraud.”
So far, there’s less evidence of suppression and more evidence of fraud.
The number of noncitizens who are on the rolls or appear to have cast unlawful ballots grows by the day. And there’s no evidence yet that any lawful voter has been kicked off the rolls. Still, it’s tough to prove if someone actually cast an illegal ballot.
Consider the case of Andre Fiset, a 59-year-old noncitizen from Quebec who lives in Hollywood. Records show he voted before 2006 — far back enough that no records survive to show if he actually signed in and cast a ballot at the polls. He said he didn’t.
“I don’t know what this is about,” Fiset said. “I didn’t vote. They keep sending me voter cards, but I never voted.”
He was removed last week from the voter rolls. It’s a state and federal felony for noncitizens to register as voters or cast ballots.
About 87 percent of those listed as potential noncitizens are minorities, a Miami Herald analysis showed. Hispanics and Haitians are Florida’s largest immigrant group. So any search of noncitizens will disproportionately target them.
Caputo was a guest on the June 5 edition of MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports, where he noted that some 13 people have been removed from the state's voter rolls after confessing that, yes, they in fact were not U.S. citizens.
I'll keep an eye out for Caputo making future appearances on MSNBC, but I'm not holding my breath, especially when it comes to Martin Bashir's program, given his propensity to compare the voter roll cleanup effort to a Stalinesque purge.
Florida is a "state where a small number of ballots can swing a presidential race," MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell noted on her eponymous program this afternoon as she introduced Miami Herald's Marc Caputo to discuss Florida's attempt to "purge" its voter rolls of noncitizens.
But while Caputo noted that some 13 noncitizens -- who are of course ineligible to vote -- have been found and eliminated from the state's voter rolls thanks to the Sunshine State's efforts, Mitchell sought to present the inquiry as a waste of time because it's found so few noncitizens on the voter rolls thus far. [video update follows page break; MP3 audio here]
"So, Marc, the bottom line is there's so little evidence of real fraud, how do the proponents of this justify it based on the argument that they've got to clean up the voting rolls?" Mitchell asked Caputo, just minutes after noting that Florida's 2000 election recount proved that even a "small number of ballots can swing" a race.
"You don't know how many people are dissuaded from voting just by all of the rigmarole involved, so it really does become an issue of voter suppression," Mitchell insisted later in the segment, without of course providing any evidence to back up her claim.
Help us in the never-ending fight to combat the liberal media's bias and distortions. Click here to give your tax-deductible donation to NewsBusters.