Skip to comments.NBC's Jane Timm Sparks Outrage in Attacking Trump's Election Commission
Posted on 08/28/2017 9:57:52 AM PDT by jazusamo
Comic delight follows when you are attacked by NBC in a story written by a former fact checker for Rolling Stone .
Thats what reporter Jane C. Timm did when she wrote a fact-optional attack on President Trumps election integrity commission , and me in particular. Timms piece is a case study in how rabid anti-Trump interests are undermining the priorities of the electorate that won President Trump the White House.
Timms attack on the election integrity commission also serves as a nifty example of the furtive assembly line that produces these anti-Trump attacks: Funding by extremist foundations, harvesting of raw materials by far-left special interest groups, packaging and pushing of talking points, and finally the publication by lapdog reporters who dislike President Trump and long for a Democrat in the White House.
"Resisting" isnt done in a day. It takes time and money and paid staff.
The best resisting always starts with a headline designed to incite. In Timms case:
Sparking outrage is a popular theme. Anyone who disagrees with media elites is liable to spark outrage, with a bit of elbow grease by reporters. Outrage is the currency of the resist movement. Best of all, it doesnt take much sparking, or much outrage, to a headline make, and often the reporters themselves make the sparks. If the reporters don't spark the outrage, they can rely on a variety of special interest groups to deliver the sparked outrage in heaps.
Note the counterpart headline above, as Timm's reporting has also sparked outrage, as we will see below.
Timms beef is that my organization, the Public Interest Legal Foundation, discovered that Virginia had removed serious numbers of registered voters for citizenship defects and have brought federal lawsuits to force the cleanup of corrupted voter rolls. Timm offends all of the other hardworking lawyers at PILF, and other organizations, working on the same issues when she calls me a one man wrecking ball.
Timm gets it wrong when she writes:
Working with the nonprofit American Civil Rights Union, Adams filed his first voter roll maintenance lawsuits in the spring of 2013.
The former fact checker needs a fact checker. My first voter roll maintenance cases were filed with Judicial Watch, not the ACRU, and against Ohio . They were filed in 2012, not 2013. I sought comments from Timm about her errors prior to the publication of this story. She did not reply.
The report that Timm wrote is one of the most unfair and dishonest news reports I have ever read, Hans von Spakovsky (a fellow Commission member), told me in a phone interview. Outrage sparked.
Robert Popper was also mentioned in Timm's story -- without attributed quotes -- for the shocking proposition that the priorities of the commission members might also be the priorities of the commission. The scandal!
The problem is that Popper spoke to her at length, yet she never used a single quote from that long interview. How could she? Popper defended the work of the commission and the process of cleaning voter rolls. Timm couldn't abide using any of Popper's actual quotes because they wouldn't fit her purposes. Instead, she used Popper's assertion that the work of the commission could well reflect the priorities of the commissioners.
Outrage sparked, again.
This is how NBC and reporters like Timm play in their efforts against Trump. They spark their own outrage. They are part of an industry devoted to sparking outrage.
Timms outrage was directed at the fact that election officials in Virginia have screwed up list maintenance of voter rolls, as others have nationwide. Except Timms packaged outrage wasnt aimed election officials -- it was aimed at me.
For starters, Virginia registered large numbers of aliens to vote . But Timm wasnt so concerned about that felonious screw-up: Timm never followed up on the aliens who were registered and casting ballots, as we discovered. That story isn't so popular at Rolling Stone or in the NBC newsroom.
Timm was focused instead on the fact that Virginia election officials made two other serious mistakes. First, they removed some citizens from the rolls as non-citizens. But Timm even got this story wrong.
She writes at NBC:
PILF supposedly had uncovered an "astonishing" example of fraud in Virginia: Maureen Erickson, with an address in Guatemala, was registered in Prince William County.
The problem was that Erickson was a citizen missionary and should have never been removed from the rolls by election officials in the first place. Reporters and activist academics (more on the latter another day) have been almost gleeful that we reported people like Erickson were removed from the rolls -- except wewerent. Removing citizens from the rolls as non-citizens is a colossal screw up by Virginia election officials. That's why the report by PILF calls it appalling. Further, PILF characterized the improper removal as:
[O]ne astonishing example of bureaucratic indifference -- deliberate or otherwise .
No aliens should be on the rolls and voting, and no citizens should be removed as aliens. The rolls should be accurate -- and it isnt hard to accomplish this. But Timm instead ascribes the government's appalling screwup as if it were the gleeful product of election integrity advocates.
For too long, people like Timm and other special interests have been dedicated to doing nothing to keep voter rolls clean. If youve been reading PJ Media over the years, you know weve named names of those responsible.
Timm next sparked outrage by complaining that PILF published private information -- except it didnt.
Once again, election officials screwed up and published social security numbers of removed registrants. The same election officials told us that all private information that had to be redacted was in fact redacted. It wasnt:
When PILF learned that election officials screwed up and published unredacted private information, PILFs version of the government-provided documents immediately went dark until election officials could fix the problem they themselves caused.
Naturally, this whole truth didnt appear in Timms story. That wouldnt spark enough outrage.
Finally, Timm refers to my use of the term flat-earthers. Ive called those who oppose the election integrity commission examining voter fraud as flat-earthers on Fox News . Those who actively oppose the search for the truth are the modern version of flat-earthers. Wrongly, Timm ascribes my use of the term to anyone who thinks there is no voter fraud.
This might seem like a small distinction, but reporter bias plays in the fields of small distinctions.
Even here, Timm is reckless in her writing. I precisely call those who think there is no voter fraud voter fraud deniers. But it serves Timm's purpose to ascribe the term flat-earthers to a larger group of people who deny voter fraud, rather than those opposed to seeking facts about voter fraud.
Timms online resume says she was raised on a horse farm, lives in Brooklyn, and was a fact-checker for Rolling Stone.
Yes, Rolling Stone. You read that right. Stop laughing .
Andrew Breitbart once told me he aimed to destroy the mainstream media first by exposing it as a wholly owned subsidiary of the political left, and then by replacing it. The election of Donald Trump was due in large part to the success of the first half of Andrews wish, and thats what they hate so much.
A president was elected who delegitimizes them with glee. They are trying to return the favor.
Instead, they should rejoice in the disdain for them expressed by Trump and mainstream America. It frees reporters like Timm to be who they really are: fact-optional partisans who write for legacy media. Timms social media feed makes no secret of her enthusiasm for the Obama presidency, from parties to fawning comments about Obama. Bias is one of the most important qualifications to work at NBC.
The Washington Post now has a reporter, Robert OHarrow, sparking more outrage about the presidents election integrity commission. This sparked outrage should be even more fun, because it is premised on the false and defamatory idea that efforts to keep voter rolls clean is the second coming of Jim Crow. Stay tuned.
The Ministry of Propaganda will go to any lengths to cover Democrat vote fraud.
100:1 she lives in an all-white neighborhood
We all know people like this, the biggest liars and racial hypocrites in the world
All of the Trump haters have one thing in common - Trump diminishes their stature, real or perceived. The media has gotten used to parading themselves around as experts about anything and everything, and being given a very high soapbox from which to strut. Trump treats them like what they are, and they hate him for it. Same with Hollywood, same with career politicians, same with career bureaucrats. These people don’t care about America. They care about their egos, all the while complaining that Trump is egotistical. They scream about ‘equality’, all the while relishing their perceived superiority and their positions in the catbird seat. Somehow the word ‘hypocrisy’ just doesn’t say it.
She has that crazy-eye look about her.
Exactly, well said.
Outrage? There is no outrage. The Democrats can create fake voter registrations from dead voters, illegal voters and bogus voters.
Absolutely true. Bunch of hypocrites.
But, but, but, I thought there was no voter fraud!
The media chases BS Russian “interference” with the election, but actual fraud they have no interest in uncovering.
All because the fraud benefits the FAR LEFT, ALT LEFT Democratic party.
It’s worth repeating: This “outrage” and “resistance” is because they were certain that they were walking right back into power. They had Super Delegates,3-5 million illegal votes and a severe over-estimation of Clinton even as she spoke gibberish and was walking dead. All that had to be done is for the Kenyan to hand over the keys.
Question for them: “what are they hiding? We’d like to know.”
Here’s a perfect opportunity to re-use that classic SNL line, “Jane, you ignorant slut.”
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