Stein’s recount effort garners 12 times more coverage from elite media than her presidential campaign

by WorldTribune Staff, November 29, 2016

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein received less than 1 percent of the vote on Nov. 8 and got only 36 seconds combined of coverage from ABC, CBS and NBC for the entire campaign.

Jill Stein. /AP
Jill Stein. /AP

The same networks who ignored her third party presidential bid, however, can’t get enough of her recount effort. In four days, ABC, CBS and NBC devoted 7 minutes and 26 seconds of coverage to Stein.

Even though President Barack Obama himself said there was no evidence of election fraud and Stein also admitted she had no proof, the “mainstream media” have given heavy play to the story.

On the Nov. 26 broadcast of the NBC “Nightly News,” anchor Lester Holt began a story on the recount by implying that the election may not be over yet, “if you thought the presidential election was behind us, word came today from the Hillary Clinton campaign that it will back the state-wide election recount effort put on by third party candidate Jill Stein in three key battleground states.”

Stein admitted that her team was working without proof. “Let me be very clear,” Stein told CBS Evening News’s Anna Werner during a Nov. 24 interview, “we do not have evidence of fraud.”

Stein said she launched the recount effort due to a “hack-riddled election.”

“We are standing up for a voting system that we deserve,” she said, “that we can have confidence in, that has integrity and security and that we know is now subject to tampering, malfeasance, hacking, and so on.”

She has not explained why only Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan deserve integrity in their voting systems.