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Washington Post’s ‘Fact Checker,’ Not Pence, Deserves the 4 Lying ‘Pinocchios’
CNSNews ^ | August 10, 2020 | Hans von Spakovsky

Posted on 08/10/2020 9:34:18 AM PDT by jazusamo

Glenn Kessler, the so-called “fact checker” at The Washington Post , this week called out Vice President Mike Pence’s answer to an interview question about election fraud. But it’s Kessler, not Pence, who deserves four “Pinocchios” for many of the misleading claims he makes about it in his column.

Pence said: “Make no mistake about it. The reality of voter fraud is undeniable. We’ve seen case after case around the country where there have been prosecutions.”

Kessler concentrates on a case in Indiana that the vice president—a former governor of that state—mentioned in passing, and the dispute is over the timing and exact details.

Fraudulent voter registrations were submitted by 12 individuals working for the Indiana Voter Registration Project, which, according to Kessler, was “associated with Patriot Majority USA.”

Pence characterized the case as “falsifying ballots.” Charges were eventually dismissed against one of the defendants; two pleaded guilty to perjury, but were given probation and no jail time; and nine agreed to pretrial diversion deals, in which they admitted their wrongdoing and, according to Kessler, “the cases were dismissed without prosecution.”

Kessler tries to characterize all of this as a minor incident because no one served any jail or prison time. All that demonstrates is that all too often, defendants who commit election fraud are treated too lightly by judges and prosecutors .

He also doesn’t seem to understand what a pretrial diversion program is when he says the prosecutions were “dismissed,” as though that means prosecutors really didn’t have a case against them.

What Kessler gets wrong is this: There was a prosecution. He acknowledges that the defendants admitted their wrongdoing.

According to the IndyStar , they were given the privilege of participating in a pretrial diversion program in which they paid court costs, completed community service, and stayed out of legal trouble in “return for having the charges dismissed.”

There was no conviction of these nine defendants, but there certainly was a prosecution. The fact that the defendants were in a diversion program doesn’t erase the fact that they committed voter registration fraud and were prosecuted for it.

Kessler also tries to minimize this fraud by claiming it is not really voter fraud and that no fraudulent ballots were submitted as a result of these fraudulent registrations.

But that’s only because election officials caught these false registrations before they could become effective.

That doesn’t make this type of fraud any less serious, since numerous cases show that election officials don’t always initially catch false registrations .

Kessler even cites my think tank The Heritage Foundation’s Election Fraud Database, claiming we only categorize voting under a false registration as “voter fraud.” No, voter registration fraud is election fraud.

And the term “voter fraud” covers all types of election fraud, whether it is committed by a voter or committed against a voter by others resulting in the dilution or theft of that voter’s vote.

Pence might have gotten the year this occurred wrong—it was 2016, not 2012—and ballots may not have been falsified. But voter registration forms were falsified, and that could have led to falsified ballots if the improper registration forms had not been caught by election officials.

Kessler also ignores the other cases of proven election fraud listed in Heritage’s database for Indiana, where false registrations that were not initially detected did, in fact, lead to fraudulent ballots being submitted.

That includes one Jerome Kesler (who I’m sure is no relation) who was convicted in 2017 of voting in Indiana from an Indiana address, even though he was a resident of Illinois. There are more than 40 other instances of convictions in Indiana for false registrations where defendants voted in precincts where they didn’t live.

In fact, there have been almost four dozen election fraud cases in Indiana (some with multiple convictions) since 2003, including numerous prosecutions in East Chicago, Ind., over a Democratic mayoral primary that year.

That election was overturned by the state Supreme Court due to “voluminous, widespread, and insidious” absentee ballot fraud. That case also included convictions of voters who were voting in precincts where they didn’t actually reside.

The East Chicago case demonstrates one of the unfortunate aspects of absentee ballot fraud, namely, the voters who are often preyed upon and whose votes are stolen, altered, forged, and forced.

Those targeted in East Chicago in “a predatory pattern” were “first-time voters or others less informed or lacking in knowledge of the voting process, the infirm, the poor, and those with limited skills in the English language.”

That’s an important fact to keep in mind, given the current unwise push for all-mail elections.

Kessler even tries to minimize the perjury charges that two of the defendants pleaded guilty to for lying on the state-required affidavit, in which they affirmed under oath that they accepted the completed voter registration form from an applicant.

He says there would “have been no basis for a perjury charge” if the defendants had used the federal voter registration form instead of the state form because the federal form “does not have the same affidavit.”

Really? Kessler seems to be unaware that it is a felony under federal law, 52 U.S.C. § 20511, for individuals like the staff of the Indiana Voter Registration Project to procure or submit “voter registration applications that are known by the person to be materially false, fictitious, or fraudulent.” There is a similar provision in the Voting Rights Act, 52 U.S.C. § 10307.

Whether they were using the state or federal voter registration form, they were breaking the law. These two defendants are lucky that local prosecutors went after them, not federal prosecutors, because it’s highly likely they would not have gotten away with only probation, no jail time, or pretrial diversion programs.

The vice president is correct when he said that “the reality of voter fraud is undeniable” and that “we’ve seen case after case around the country where there have been prosecutions.”

In fact, Heritage’s database is up to almost 1,300 proven cases of election fraud. And the database is by no means comprehensive; it is just a sampling of cases.

There are many vulnerabilities in our system that too many people ignore. If you don’t look for something, you are not likely to find it, and that is the case with respect to too many officials pursuing election fraud cases.

As the U.S. Supreme Court said in 2008 when it upheld Indiana’s voter ID law, “Indiana’s own experience with fraudulent voting in the 2003 Democratic primary for East Chicago Mayor … demonstrate[s] that not only is the risk of voter fraud real, but that it could affect the outcome of a close election.”

I guess, according to The Washington Post’s standards, the Supreme Court would get four “Pinocchios” for that recognition of reality.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Indiana
KEYWORDS: districtofcolumbia; enemedia; glennkessler; jeffbezos; lyingmsm; mikepence; registrationfraud; vonspakovsky; voterfraud; vppence; wapo; washingtoncompost; washingtonpost

1 posted on 08/10/2020 9:34:18 AM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

Fact Check and Fact Checkers have become just another tool by the Leftist media to destroy Republicans.

Go fact check Hidin’ Joe Biden, Nanzi Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. Every other word is a lie.

Fact Check as a concept needs to die. Most of it is arguing over opinions.

2 posted on 08/10/2020 9:49:42 AM PDT by Alas Babylon! (The prisons do not fill themselves. Get moving, Barr!)
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To: Alas Babylon!

Same with Politifact...its just a joke.

3 posted on 08/10/2020 9:53:28 AM PDT by hercuroc
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To: Alas Babylon!

Well said, I couldn’t agree more.

4 posted on 08/10/2020 9:54:19 AM PDT by jazusamo (Have You Donated to Keep Free Republic Up and Running?)
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To: jazusamo
The Washington Post Fact Cheka: taking the facts into the basement and shooting them in the head for opposition to the Party.
5 posted on 08/10/2020 10:01:28 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (In 2016 Obama ended America's 220 year tradition of peaceful transfer of power after az><n election.)
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To: Alas Babylon!

This explains it:

It’s from six days ago by the esteemed Sharyl Attkisson.

6 posted on 08/10/2020 10:06:58 AM PDT by cuban leaf (The political war playing out in every country now: Globalists vs Nationalists)
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To: KarlInOhio

Yep, there’s much truth to that.

7 posted on 08/10/2020 10:08:49 AM PDT by jazusamo (Have You Donated to Keep Free Republic Up and Running?)
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To: jazusamo

Nolle prosequi.

8 posted on 08/10/2020 10:10:13 AM PDT by FoxInSocks ("Hope is not a course of action." -- M. O'Neal, USMC)
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To: jazusamo; All

ANYBODY who believes ANY claim of The Washington COMPOST is in 1 word: STUPID.

Yours, TMN78247

9 posted on 08/10/2020 10:12:49 AM PDT by TMN78247 ("VICTORY or DEATH", William Barrett Travis, LtCol, comdt., Fortress of the Alamo, Bejar, F'by 241836)
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To: hercuroc

All of them, FRiend!

Pollicheck, Snopes, Fact Checker, and any “fact checking” component of the drivebys or sewer press we have in this country.

They’re all used as tools to bash the Right and the Right only.

In any discourse I have with Rabid Leftists on so-called social media, If they bring it up, I let them know I consider “fact checkers” the way they consider Fox News.

Totally corrupted, partisan garbage.

10 posted on 08/10/2020 10:20:56 AM PDT by Alas Babylon! (The prisons do not fill themselves. Get moving, Barr!)
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11 posted on 08/10/2020 10:28:31 AM PDT by jazusamo (Have You Donated to Keep Free Republic Up and Running?)
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To: Alas Babylon!

“Fact Check and Fact Checkers have become just another tool by the Leftist media to destroy Republicans.”

Mitt Romney lost the 2012 presidential election when Obama turned to the debate moderator, Candy Crowley, to be the fact checker. Romney folded like a cheap suit instead of slapping down both of them. He looked weak and demonstrated he is weak and pathetic. Republicans consistently accept the fact checking of the left.

If the RNC was smart (ha, ha), it would establish an alternative fact checking group and start issuing fact checking press releases daily. Those pronouncements would include substantial evidence. Talk radio, conservative columnists, and social media would then be used to communicate to the sheeple.

However, the GOP is not the smart party and doesn’t understand modern communications nor does it want to get down and wrestle in the mud. Better to lose “honorable” than to fight for victory. My evidence: Mitt Romney, John McCain, John Kasich.

12 posted on 08/10/2020 10:51:13 AM PDT by Soul of the South (The past is gone and cannot be changed. Tomorrow can be a better day if we work on it.)
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To: Alas Babylon!

The same clown said Biden didn’t say what we saw him say. They just change the story.

13 posted on 08/10/2020 10:57:09 AM PDT by Luke21
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To: Alas Babylon!

“Fact Check and Fact Checkers “

The scream “false info” or “photoshopped” on just about anything is derogatory concerning the left, Biden and democrat politicians and of course Antifa riots.

14 posted on 08/10/2020 12:33:37 PM PDT by DOC44
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