CyberAlert -- 11/13/2000 -- Harris Blocking People's Will?
Harris Blocking People's Will?; Democrats Now Have "Moral High Ground"?; Did Nixon Really Win Popular Vote Because of Alabama? -- Back to today's CyberAlert
1) GMA's Diane Sawyer argued with a member of Florida's electoral board about the Secretary of State affirming 5pm Tuesday as the vote submission deadline for counties. She cited how Joe Lieberman "says it would be shocking basically to block the will of the counties who want to re-vote, that you have to trust the people."
2) "Seems like a real escalation this morning," George Stephanopoulos declared of the Secretary of State's announcement. "Have the Democrats," Charles Gibson suggested, "now gotten the moral high ground" because of the deadline and the GOP going to court?
3) Did JFK really win the popular vote without regard to any fraud? Possibly, National Review suggested in recalling how he got credit for votes for non-national Democratic ticket electors in Alabama.
>>> New videos up on the MRC Web page. MRC Webmaster Andy Szul has posted RealPlayer video clips of events chronicled in recent CyberAlerts, including Alec Baldwin denouncing GOP hypocrisy in saying they were following the law during impeachment but won't now and urging George Bush to call for a re-vote, David Letterman's audience booing at the mention of Hillary Clinton's name and Tom Brokaw the morning after the election predicting the public will demand the electoral college system be "yanked." Go to: http://www.mediaresearch.org/videobias/vidbiaswelcome.asp <<<
Correction: The November 10 CyberAlert Extra reprinted a Media Reality Check by Rich Noyes about how the three plaintiffs in a lawsuit claiming they were confused by the Palm Beach County ballot all have political experience. Here's how one was identified: "Abigail McCarthy also claims she cast the wrong vote, but she's a County Commissioner...." Actually, her first name is Alberta and she's a Delray Beach City Commissioner, not a County Commissioner, but the point stands that she's not a political novice.
This morning Florida Agriculture Commissioner Bob Crawford appeared on all three morning shows, but ABC's Good Morning America gave him the toughest drilling about the expected affirmation from Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris that state law sets 5pm Tuesday as the deadline for counties to file their certified electoral results. Harris did indeed issue such a statement later in the morning. (Joe Lieberman appeared on both GMA and Today.)
ABC's Diane Sawyer introduced the interview segment by putting the burden on Harris for erecting a roadblock: "Alright, so the key question for the morning remains, I guess one of the key questions this morning, is the Florida Secretary of State absolutely wedded to that deadline of 5pm tomorrow, no matter what re-counts have and have not taken place? Secretary of State Katherine Harris declined all TV requests for interviews this morning, but joining us now is her colleague, who is Bob Crawford. He is Florida's Agriculture Commissioner. He is also on the state Election Canvassing Commission. And by the way, he replaced Governor Jeb Bush on the election board. We spoke to him by phone moments ago. Is that 5pm deadline tomorrow afternoon locked in?"
Sawyer pounded away at how the deadline can and should
As Harris explained in
her statement, the law is quite firm. To read her statement, go to:
Some liberal ruminations on Good Morning America, MRC analyst Jessica Anderson noticed, as George Stephanopoulos declared the Secretary of State's announcement "seems like a real escalation this morning," Charles Gibson wondered if because of that and the GOP going to court "have the Democrats now gotten the moral high ground?" and Diane Sawyer stressed how the public is willing to wait if that would result in "fairness."
Here's a hunk of the discussion from today's Good Morning America on ABC:
Diane Sawyer: "What do you make of this
morning's turn of events?"
Charles Gibson: "There's been a lot of question
as to which party has the moral high ground, and a lot of Democrats have
been worried that if the public saw them trying to drag this out that the
Republicans would have the moral high ground. But now the Republicans are
in court trying to cut short the hand counts, and the Republican Secretary
of State is saying 'Have these votes in by 5 o'clock tomorrow, that's when
we'll count them.' Have the Democrats now gotten the moral high
With Al Gore's team claiming his popular vote victory gives him the moral high ground, National Review today raised the likelihood that President John Kennedy did not win the popular vote even without considering any vote fraud. In Alabama in 1960 Democratic electors were split between those supporting the national ticket and segregationists opposed to the national ticket, but Kennedy got credit for the votes for both slates.
The National Review's John J. Miller and Ramesh Ponnuru disclosed in their Washington Bulletin e-mail report today:
Nixon Defeats Kennedy!
The history books say John F. Kennedy not only beat Richard Nixon in the 1960 Electoral College vote, but also in the national vote -- though only by a hair. This latter victory, meaningless in any constitutional sense, carries with it an important kind of claim, as Vice President Gore and George W. Bush are now discovering. The winner is said, as Bill Daley put it last week, to be "the people's choice."
Yet JFK may not have won the popular vote, even if we set aside all the
charges of fraud in Illinois and Texas. JFK is typically credited with 57
percent of the vote in Alabama. But he probably doesn't deserve it. Here's
George Mason University's Gordon Tullock, in a letter published by the New
York Review of Books on November 10, 1988:
"The popular vote is very difficult to disentangle. The above figures [published in a reference guide, and crediting JFK with 324,050 Alabama votes and RN with 237,981] assume that the people who voted for all eleven of the electors were pro-Kennedy. Obviously, this is too simple, but what should be substituted for it is by no means obvious. I personally would suggest that we simply discard all these votes in the popular total on the grounds that we can't tell what these voters thought. Another possibility would be to divide the popular vote cast for these eleven electors in the same ratio as the popular vote in the earlier primary. Either of these corrections would lead to Nixon's having more popular votes nationally than Kennedy."
It's something Al Gore may want to keep in mind this week
END Reprint of National Review report.
For National Review Online and its daily analysis of the ongoing campaign, go to: http://www.nationalreview.com
"Who'd the Press Corps Vote For?" Last Thursday Slate.com's Jack Shafer updated readers on his effort to get prominent reporters to divulge for whom they voted, as Slate.com did for its staff the day before the election. He was unsuccessful as no one he contacted would say for whom they pulled the lever, or followed an arrow to punch out.
As outlined in the November 7 CyberAlert Extra,
Slate.com listed how "nearly 100 percent of its senior editorial
staff planned to vote for Al Gore. Specifically, 12 of 13 people holding
positions above copy editor or editorial assistant, though those
lower-lever people were also near-universally in support of Gore. And the
13th guy isn't behind Bush: He's for libertarian Harry Browne."
For details, go to:
On November 9, Slate.com deputy editor Jack Shafer,
the guy who voted for Harry Browne, relayed the reaction to his inquiries
to top name reporters:
Those who replied but refused to divulge their political preference: Walter Isaacson of Time, Joe Klein of The New Yorker, William Powers of National Journal, Bob Davis of the Wall Street Journal, Michael Isikoff of Newsweek, Joseph Lelyveld of the New York Times, Jodie T. Allen of U.S. News & World Report, Maureen Dowd of the New York Times and Matt Cooper of Time.
To read their reasoning, go to:
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