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Brit Hume Aiding and Abetting Ken Blackwell

Reported by Janie - August 30, 2006 -

Sen. John Kerry, stumping for Ted Strickland (the Democratic Gubernatorial candidate in Ohio) sent out a fundraising email this week, criticizing Ken Blackwell's (Strickland's opponent) role in the 2004 election. According to MSNBC, "The bulk of the e-mail criticizes Strickland's opponent, GOP Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, for his dual role in 2004 as President Bush's honorary Ohio campaign co-chairman and the state's top election official." Hume, of course, did not mention Blackwell's role in the 2004 and merely spent the short segment painting a erroneous picture of Kerry, while supporting Republican Blackwell.

During the "Two Minutes of Hate" (AKA "Grapevine") segment, Hume claimed,

"John Kerry may have declined to contest the results of the 2004 presidential election in Ohio when he conceded the state to President Bush, but he's now suggesting that the state was stolen by Republican election officials.

In a fundraising e-mail for Ted Strickland, who's running for governor against Republican Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, Kerry writes that Blackwell 'used the power of his state office to try to intimidate Ohioans and suppress the Democratic vote' and to 'abuse our democracy and threaten basic voting rights.'

Blackwell's spokesman says the facts contradict Kerry's claim, adding: 'People will say anything for money.'

Notice how Hume refuses to expound on what exactly these "facts" were.

1) Hume never mentions what Blackwell's role was in the 2004 election:

As Secretary of State, Blackwell held the position of Chief Elections Officer, overseeing Ohio's elections process. Critics claim that Blackwell's positions as both the Chief Elections Officer and the co-chair of the Committee to Re-elect George Bush in Ohio (Rappoport 2004) was a direct conflict of interest.

2) Hume never mentioned any of the controversy surrounding Blackwell during the election:

"Blackwell came under fire when, on September 7, 2004, his office directed Ohio's county election boards to strictly enforce a rule requiring voter registration forms be printed on 80-lb paper. Any form printed on lighter paper, such as newsprint, typing paper, or even standard (20-lb) copier paper, would be considered an application for a new registration form, to be returned to sender to fill out again and resubmit. Many of Ohio's official forms were printed on lighter stock"

3) Nor did Hume mention any other dirty tricks Blackwell attempted to use:

- Failure to process voter registrations
- Uneven voting machine allocation
- Arbitrary and unreasonable exclusionary procedures in provisional ballot counting

If we're going to talk about the "facts", maybe a "news outlet" should actually tell the viewers what these "facts" are.