Accuracy in Media

During a discussion of the presidential race in Florida, MSNBC reporter Hallie Jackson allowed former DNC chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) to lie about Al Gore winning the state in the 2000 presidential election.

Jackson pointed out that Clinton has struggled to win over working-class voters despite the efforts of Wasserman Schultz and the Democratic Party, an assertion that Wasserman Schultz disputed:

Wasserman Schultz:  In the average of polls, Hillary Clinton is ahead here in Florida. The reason that Florida will be blue, just like it was in 2012 and in 2008, and in every election since—

Jackson: Not in 2000 or 2004.

Wasserman Schultz: In 2000, it absolutely was blue.

Jackson: Of course, 2004, 2004.

Wasserman Schultz: The Supreme Court elected the president. Al Gore won the state of Florida in 2000, although not the presidency.

Wasserman Schultz and her fellow Democrats still can’t get over the fact that Gore lost the election, and they believe that the only reason Bush won in 2000 was because of a conservative Supreme Court. Yet she ignores the fact that Gore requested a limited recount and that a media consortium that analyzed the votes concluded that Bush would have won in all cases except where over-votes were counted.

Jackson should have stuck to her guns rather than give in to Wasserman Schultz’s lie to support her narrative that Florida has been and will be a blue state this year when it comes to presidential elections.


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