This week on CounterSpin: The political commissar at a major TV network says if reporters treat charges of voter disenfranchisement (charges often coming from Democrats, advocates for the poor and immigrants) as being more important than charges of voter fraud (which come most often from the GOP) that’s proof of liberal bias—whether or not there is, in reality, more evidence of disenfranchisement than fraud being beside the point. With reporters having trouble seeing past the partisan to get to the public interest, we’ll talk to Justin Levitt of the Brennan Center for Justice about where concerns about the electoral process really lie.
Also on the show: When New Jersey’s Supreme Court ordered lawmakers to change marriage laws to either include same sex couples or to extend them equal protections, GOP operatives saw an opportunity to energize so-called values voters for the November 7 election. And they found willing partners in some journalists, happy to play up the decision as a key election story. But are same sex marriage and values voters the formidable factors they’re made out to be? We’ll talk to Nation writer and Skidmore College professor Richard Kim.
—Grasping at Straws, by Richard Kim (Nation.com, 10/27/06)