2012 Times story headlined, “Error and Fraud at Issue as Absentee Voting Rises

“This is the biggest change to our elections in generations…” PA Governor Tom Wolf

October 31, 2019

Governor Wolf Signs Historic Election Reform Bill Including New Mail-in Voting

Pennsylvania voters can request and submit their mail-in or absentee ballot up to 50 days before the election, which is the longest vote-by-mail period in the country.

New York Times warned readers about vote by mail concerns in 2012, now claims that’s a false narrative

“We all knew the media simply chose the facts that suited its own narrative,” WSJ editor Gerald Baker wrote

President Trump and many of his Republican allies have said mail-in voting is vulnerable to fraud, while Democrats condemn the suggestion – but it turns out the liberal New York Times used to feel the same way.

Wall Street Journal editor-at-large Gerald Baker pointed out the Gray Lady’s hypocrisy in a recent column that was published in Tuesday’s print edition.

“‘Voting by mail is now common enough and problematic enough that election experts say there have been multiple elections in which no one can say with confidence which candidate was the deserved winner,” Baker wrote before urging readers to guess who made the remarks.


Baker unearthed a front-page story published by the Times prior to the 2012 presidential election that “cast grave doubt on the reliability of widespread mail-in voting” and indicated it was “more vulnerable to fraud than conventional voting.”

The 2012 Times story headlined, “Error and Fraud at Issue as Absentee Voting Rises,” featured reporter Adam Liptak detailing the dangers of voting by mail.

Mail-in voting fraud is “vastly more prevalent than the in-person voting fraud that has attracted far more attention,” Liptak wrote.

As Baker illustrated, the Times has changed its tune now that Trump is against voting by mail.


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