Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Charlie Savage contracts a case of journamalism

I generally admire Charlie Savage's reporting, but this is a classic -- and egregious -- example of "he said/she said" false equivalency.

This year, more than a dozen states enacted new voting restrictions. For example, eight — Alabama, Kansas, Mississippi, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Wisconsin — imposed new laws requiring voters to present state-issued photo identification cards. Previously voters were able to use other forms of identification, like bank statements, utility bills and Social Security cards.

Proponents of such restrictions — mostly Republicans — say they are necessary to prevent voter fraud that could cancel out the choices of legitimate participants. Opponents — mostly Democrats — say there is no evidence of meaningful levels of fraud and contend that the measures are a veiled effort to suppress participation by hundreds of thousands of eligible voters who lack a driver’s license.

My emphasis.

Really, Charlie.  You couldn't have done a little bit of reporting to see whose claims are actually borne out by the evidence.  Perhaps you could have looked to your own newspaper for some help on this.

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