All you need to do is watch Ali Velshi on CNN to see it in action (See update at end)
By Chris Ingram
I was listening to CNN’s election coverage earlier today (I couldn’t listen to Fox because the battery in my remote broke and I was too lazy to change the channel), when I heard a reporter named Ali Velshi boldly and factually state something about long lines in Florida and how early voting in the state had ended “yesterday.”
The latter part, about early voting ending yesterday was absolutely incorrect. By statute, early voting ended on Saturday, November 3.
In at least one Florida county (Miami-Dade), the elections office — in attempt to increase turn-out opened its offices on Sunday, November 4 to allow people to request and cast by absentee. This was probably a violation of the spirit of the law, but forget about that. The knuckle heads at the elections office showed up at 1:00 p.m. — all two of them — to open the doors for over 500 people standing in line.
It is important to understand the difference between absentee voting and early voting — something CNN’s finest do not comprehend. Requesting an absentee ballot is not the same as voting at your precinct or early voting. Once you check-in, they have to print out your ballot — because not all ballots are the same; ballots usually vary by precinct. As such, when you show up as voters did on Sunday in Miami, the elections officer would then have to print out your ballot to match your precinct. They had one printer operating at the elections office in Miami-Dade. This wasn’t enough to get the job done.
So after about an hour, they shut down the entire effort — turning away hundreds in the process. People started to get angry. An hour later, they reversed course again, and opened up the office when a few more employees arrived, and one more printer became available.
In Orlando, on Saturday there was a suspicious container at an early voting place. The police were called and the polling site was closed for a while and people were turned away. A judge later ordered in that one county, because of the bomb scare or whatever it was on Saturday, that the polls would be open for four hours on Sunday.
This brings us back to Ali Velshi, the CNN reporter. I tweeted that he had his facts wrong. He replied, “Nope.” And insisted I had my facts wrong, and condescendingly told me I should, “Check you[re] facts before you tweet.” I then tweeted him back that he is a member of the liberal/elite media and that he should get it right. I also said, “Don’t be such an a**!” I would have said “arrogant a**,” but Twitter only allows 140 characters.
We went back and forth like this several times. Every time he dug in saying how I was wrong, and saying that a judge extended voting. He is right about that, a judge extended voting in Orange County because of the bomb scare. But this isn’t anything near what he wrongly said on the air. At least two-dozen people who actually watch CNN were misinformed by his statement that “early voting ended at 5:00 p.m. on Monday” in Florida. Wrong Mr. Velshi. Read the statute. Understand what happened. Get off your elite lazy liberal behind and actually do some research instead of just regurgitating newspaper headlines without reading the entire story.
Try to accept the fact that even though you are a liberal member of the Washington elite media — yes you can, will, have, and in fact did, get it wrong. Now say you’re sorry and state the facts.
If you need help, check out Fox News. The “fair and balanced” network explained the differences between early voting and absentee ballots like this: ” Absentee ballot voting differs from early voting in that voters must fill out their ballot, place it in an envelope and then sign it. The ballot envelopes are opened later and then fed into voting machines. During early voting, voters place their ballots directly into the voting machines.”
And guess what, Mr. Velshi? You’re only human. I’ve been wrong too. And it is in fact embarrassing when you say the wrong thing — especially on national television (even if only a dozen people watch your slanted network). The difference between being wrong and it being excusable is, admitting it. Being an arrogant a** by refusing to admit you’re wrong only makes you look like a bigger arrogant a**.
But don’t worry sir, I think I’ll be smiling tomorrow once all the votes are counted. And you and your pals in the liberal media establishment will begin making all sorts of excuses for your fallen hero. Including, no doubt, the facts about Florida early voting.
But we’re all human. And I, like you Mr. Velshi am lazy — remember, I didn’t want to change the TV without my remote. I’ve fixed that problem and am watching Fox News again.
Updated at 2:36 p.m. This obnoxious, arrogant, lazy, little clown of a jounalist insisted that he was right until about 2:00 p.m. At that time, I sent him a tweet to a CNN news story (here) that clearly states early voting ended on Saturday, and that in a few counties absentee’s were being accepted on Sunday. Mr. Velshi had previously demanded I apologize to him (when he was insisting he was right), but he apparently doesn’t feel he needs to apologize to me for being so blatantly wrong. Lazy liberal media folks don’t like to be shown they are wrong.
Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him at: Chris@IrreverentView.com.
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