Accuracy in Media

Even as a GOP spokesman called out local media bias in multiple states against conservatives, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio called out local Florida media in its coverage that could have a major impact on a tightly contested U.S. Senate race.

Rubio tweeted: “This video, posted by an Independent Cong candidate in 18 (who was endorsed by Bernie Sanders in 16) purports to show BrowardCounty ballots being transported from polling places in private cars.

“Has anyone in local media looked into this claim or asked elections dept about it?”

Rubio’s tweet was a reply to the video posted on Twitter of the alleged polling violation from the candidate, Tim Canova:

“Caught On Video: Concerned citizen sees ballots being transported in private vehicles & transferred to rented truck on Election night. This violates all chain of custody requirements for paper ballots. Were the ballots destroyed & replaced by set of fake ballots? Investigate now!”

Rubio’s warning of media bias against Republicans in Florida is timely, given that Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s Senate campaign is suing the Broward County elections supervisor to turn over records regarding how ballots are being counted. During a news conference Thursday night, Scott accused election officials in Broward and Palm Beach counties of trying to undermine the will of the voters, and Scott said he is ordering the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate elections offices in Broward and Palm Beach counties.

Under Florida law, a recount is mandatory if the winning candidate’s margin is less than 0.5 percentage points. Scott’s campaign and the National Republican Senatorial Committee filed a lawsuit late Thursday demanding that Broward Elections Supervisor Brenda Snipes be ordered to turn over several records detailing the counting and collection of ballots cast. They are seeking an emergency hearing as the votes must be certified by noon Saturday.

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