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The voter fraud & intimidation stories you won't hear about on Fox

Fox largely ignores the DoJ is looking into allegations that Texas Tea Party group members engaged in voter intimidation

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For the past several months, Fox News has hyped GOP accusations of voter fraud, no matter how little evidence exists to support them, and Bret Baier has promised that Fox will cover voter fraud allegations "in every show." But Fox has failed to report on, or has dismissed and distorted, numerous accusations of voter fraud or intimidation carried out by individuals linked to right-wing groups and politicians.

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King Street Patriots' "True the Vote" initiative accused of intimidating voters. Talking Points Memo published an article on October 19 about allegations of voter intimidation by poll watchers trained by the Tea Party group King Street Patriots. According to the article, the Department of Justice is looking into claims that poll watchers in Harris County were "'hovering over' voters, 'getting into election workers' faces' and blocking or disrupting lines of voters" at early voting stations. From the article:

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PBS Responds to FAIR Studies

Ombud echoes concerns, but producers question need to broaden sources

Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

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The PBS ombud and representatives of the public television programs studied in FAIR's new report, "Taking the Public Out of Public TV," have responded (10/21/10) to the research that shows an elite, inside-the-Beltway slant to the programs' guestlists.

As he has in the past (10/6/06), PBS ombud Michael Getler largely agreed with FAIR's analysis. "If you keep calling the same known and comfortable suspects, you pretty much know what you will get," Getler wrote in his October 21 column.

After noting that some of the programs feature women and people of color as reporters and hosts, he wrote:

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If Williams deserved firing, we all do.


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  • Oh, sorry, did that offend somebody?
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  • Poor Juan. It was a dumb remark. He should recognize that his fears are unfounded, apologize, and move on.
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  • Glenn Greenwald: The real danger from NPR's firing of Juan Williams
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Syl Jones, Minneapolis Star Tribune | MN

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Juan Williams, left, and a man wearing "Muslim garb," which Williams said scares him (AP/iStockphoto)

NPR, the public radio service that incessantly begs for our listener support, fired commentator Juan Williams this week (Oct 17-23) for saying, on Bill O'Reilly's "Fear Factor" television program, that he is nervous when he flies with people who dress in Muslim garb.

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Poor Juan. It was a dumb remark. He should recognize that his fears are unfounded, apologize, and move on.

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But NPR sanctimoniously canned Williams. Which raises this question: Who among us is so devoid of irrational fears and contradictions that we should not be fired? Let's just dismiss the media at large -- well, that's not a bad idea, actually, but you know what I mean -- for transmitting stupid things each and every day.

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The real danger from NPR's firing of Juan Williams, Glenn Greenwald, Salon
Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell
I'm still not quite over the most disgusting part of the Juan Williams spectacle yesterday:  watching the very same people (on the Right and in the media) who remained silent about or vocally cheered on the viewpoint-based firings of Octavia Nasr, Helen Thomas, Rick Sanchez, Eason Jordan, Peter Arnett, Phil Donahue, Ashleigh Banfield, Bill Maher, Ward Churchill, Chas Freeman, Van Jones and so many others, spend all day yesterday (Oct 21) wrapping themselves in the flag of "free expression!!!" and screeching about the perils and evils of firing journalists for expressing certain viewpoints.  Even for someone who expects huge doses of principle-free hypocrisy -- as I do -- that behavior is really something to behold. And anyone doubting that there is a double standard when it comes to anti-Muslim speech should just compare the wailing backlash from most quarters over Williams' firing to the muted acquiescence or widespread approval of those other firings.

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Helen Thomas Cries, Denies Anti-Semitism, Calls President Obama 'Reprehensible' Associated Press/Huffington Post
Asked whether she's anti-Semitic, she responded "Baloney!" She said she wants to be remembered for "integrity and my honesty and my belief in good journalism" and would like to work again.

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