PolitiFact, WashPost Tag Hillary for 'Pants on Fire' Lie in Selma; Most Media Mum

NewsBusters | 3/11/2019 | Staff
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Something weird happened on March 6. Both PolitiFact and The Washington Post flagged Hillary Clinton for a lie -- she was both rated "Pants on Fire" and "Four PInocchios" -- for claiming Wisconsin voters were "turned away" by the thousands in 2016 because of race.

She proclaimed in Selma on March 3:

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"I was the first person who ran for president without the protection of the Voting Rights Act. I’ll tell you, it makes a really big difference. And it doesn’t just make a difference in Alabama and Georgia. It made a difference in Wisconsin, where the best studies that have been done said somewhere between 40,000 and 80,000 people were turned away from the polls because of the color of their skin, because of their age, because of whatever excuse could be made up to stop a fellow American citizen from voting."

The "fact checkers" cried foul for several reasons.

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1. Wisconsin is not one of those formerly racist Southern states that were the subject of the Supreme Court's 2013 ruling on the Voting Rights Act.

2. Voters weren't "turned away" at polling places in Wisconsin. Studies just said voters were "deterred" by a new requirement for photo ID.

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3. The author of the University of Wisconsin study that Team Hillary cited said you can't extrapolate Hillary into winning since he only studied two counties.

They didn't mention (4), which was Hillary Clinton never campaigned in Wisconsin during the general election campaign. Was that "voter suppression"? Is it surprising that black voters who turned out for Obama weren't as enthusiastic for Hillary?

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Hillary's lie was not reported on ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, or NPR. ABC and NBC did throw in a brief mention that Hillary was present in Selma on the March 3 evening newscasts:

TOM LLAMAS, ABC: And from Selma, Alabama, tonight...
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