Fox News reported on allegations of voter suppression in Florida against victims identified as mostly Republicans, but largely ignored similar stories of voter suppression in other areas of the country. Fox has historically downplayed the significance of voter suppression, especially voter identification laws that experts find will disenfranchise thousands if enacted.
On Fox's America's Newsroom, reporter Phil Keating reported on an investigation into an alleged effort to suppress GOP voters in Florida. Voters were reportedly sent letters claiming their citizenship was in question and would need to be validated before they could vote. The letter also noted that they risked a felony voter fraud charge if they voted without validating their citizenship. Keating added that the victims were mostly registered Republicans:
Fox News' concern over allegations of voter suppression stands in contrast to the network's handling of similar stories of possible voter suppression that did not disproportionately affect Republican voters.
The Florida story is one of many cases of voter suppression across the country, yet according to a search of closed caption and Nexis transcripts, it is the only one being covered extensively by Fox.
From the January 16 edition of Fox News' America's News HQ:
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