Good: “The New York Times” covers Attorney General Eric Holder’s speech about how his Department of Justice will work to protect access to voting for all eligible, including taking a hard look at state laws that require photo identification.
Not good: Wishy-washy language that goes back and forth between Republican and Democratic talking points as if they’re equally true:
“Classic mainstream media,” Cenk says. “Republicans say this, Democrats say that. Well, that’s really interesting. So which one is it? Well, they don’t tell you that. They don’t give you the numbers.”
Here are some numbers.
Percentage of Americans who don’t have photo IDs, broken down by race:
“If you just discounted 8 percent of the electorate that would be horrible. But look at how it hits minorities. You think that’s an accident? Of course not. That’s what Republicans want to do. They want to disenfranchise voters that might go to Democrats.”
What about the potential for voter fraud that Republicans say could “cancel out” legitimate votes? How many votes cast are actually problematic?
“I’m not sure if I got all of those 0′s right,” Cenk says after reading this graphic aloud.
“If you did a fair article, you would say, ‘Republicans say voter fraud is a huge issue, but it turns out they’re lying. How about the Democrats? Democrats say that you would disenfranchise 3 million people? Is that true? Yes! That’s absolutely true.’”