ABC’s Scandal Portrays Voter Fraud As Fox News Wishes It Were: Vast, Consequential

If you could visualize the moist dream of several FNC anchors it would look a lot like last night’s episode of ABC’s political drama Scandal.

In the episode, a news reporter comes out of retirement and quickly learns that the sitting president won his election through a vast voter fraud conspiracy in swing-state Ohio.

How it happens in the drama: James, husband to White House Chief of Staff Cyrus Beene, receives a tip from the U.S. Attorney’s office that voting machines in a crucial Ohio county may have been rigged to swing the presidential election. James flies to the appropriately named Defiance County, Ohio, to investigate. He learns that indeed the memory cards in the machines had been tampered with by oil tycoon Hollis Doyle. Doyle needed the president’s victory as a way to secure approval for a pipeline to be built through the middle of the country.

Here’s how this would actually happen in real life and it involves Sean Hannity… FNC Host Sean Hannity would log on to and read that the AFL-CIO, whose membership is made up of some of the least educated people in America, is having a voter registration drive in parts of Ohio. Hannity heard somewhere that the AFL-CIO is bad and may be connected to Rev. Jeremiah Wright and Bill Ayers, so can smell a scheme to fix the election. With little more evidence than a voter registration card signed by “Mickey Mouse” uncovered by documentary maker James O’Keefe, Hannity would take to the airwaves to declare that the election was stolen by whichever candidate has the (D) after his name.

Unfortunately for FNC, Scandal is as close to a credible example of widespread voter fraud as we’ve seen. And adding to the disappointment, the president who benefited from the voter fraud in the show happens to be a Republican.

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