Accuracy in Media

Headlines have sprung up all over the liberal media this week about the open revolt against Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and the broad request for voter data he issued to the states.

Reports said 44 states and the District of Columbia have outright refused to fulfill the requests from President Trump’s voter fraud commission.

Brian Frosh, the attorney general of Maryland, called the request “repugnant” and said the commission’s only purpose was to “intimidate voters and indulge President Trump’s fantasy that he won the popular vote.”

High-population liberal states, such as California and New York, refused immediately, saying the problem was non-existent and the commission merely an effort to suppress votes.

Even Delbert Hoseman, the Republican secretary of state of deeply red Mississippi, said, said he would not fulfill the request, although his concerns appear to be about state control of elections.

But is the opposition that significant?

Kobach labeled the stories that 44 states refused to comply “patently false” and yet another example of “fake news.” He said 14 states and the District of Columbia have refused to provide the data, 20 have agreed to do it and the rest are looking into their own state laws to determine what can be turned over.

A Democratic member of the commission, New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner, defended the request but conceded some states would be able to comply only in part because of differences in open records laws. “I think whatever they do we’ll work with that,” Gardner said.

President Trump appointed the commission after a Pew study revealed 2 million dead people were on voter rolls and 3 million were eligible to vote in multiple states. Democrats have labeled it a witch hunt, but the Trump administration has claimed millions of people who are not citizens may have voted in the 2016 election.

“Numerous states are refusing to give information to the very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL,” Trump tweeted. “What are they trying to hide?”

In some cases, including that of Kobach, state law forbids the release of the partial Social Security numbers. And there are legitimate concerns, given recent stories about foreign governments, such as China, hacking into U.S. government data bases, that collecting all this information in one place could be dangerous.

But the eagerness of the liberal media to paint a picture of widespread resistance to a legitimate administration request for publicly available information suggests something else is afoot – liberal media is again covering for its possibly fraudulent friends in the Democrat Party.


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