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Center for American Progress engages in selective editing

You hear the left complaining about conservatives selectively editing video. The Center for American Progress has posted complaints about video editing, yet today they engaged in selective video editing. They posted a video titled “Heritage Foundation ‘expert’ Cannot Cite Any Examples of Actual Voter Fraud.”

The problem is that the “Heritage Foundation ‘expert'” did cite voter fraud and the Center for American Progress edited it out.

Below is the exchange edited out of the video between Chuck Todd of MSNBC’s Daily Rundown and Brian Darling of The Heritage Foundation:

Todd: It feels like a lot of the laws are solutions in search of a problem. They are done hastily so that whether you believe that there’s a reason to do it, that you have some evidence, that your side isn’t searching for the evidence first.  They are putting the laws in place and saying there’s voter fraud.

Darling: The states are reasonable to try to get rid of voter fraud. There have been examples of it. If you look at Florida, the Miami Herald did a study and they found that 2,000 people in Florida voted who shouldn’t have been voting.  Florida has found about 180,000 people they want to investigate to make sure they are registered.

You can watch the MSNBC video of the discussion here. The exchange the Center for American Progress edited out of the video occurs at the 2:00- 2:40 mark.

Brian Darling of The Heritage Foundation cited a CBS4/Miami Herald article that made a specific allegations of non-citizens on the voter rolls.

In a new crackdown, Florida officials are investigating the citizenship of thousands of registered voters. CBS4 News has learned 2,000 of those potential non-citizen voters are registered in Miami-Dade County.

Darling also cited a Reuters story titled “Florida says 180,000 non-citizens may be on voter rolls.”

Florida election authorities are examining about 180,000 people who they say may not be U.S. citizens but are registered to vote in the state, an official said on Friday.

Perhaps I was annoyed by the selective editing the Center for American Progress did because they obviously did so to support a headline trying to discredit our colleague, Brian Darling. I was also annoyed because I wrote about Florida’s effort to remove non-citizens from the states voter registration rolls last month.

The left seems to resort to dilatory tactics such as name calling and selective editing when they choose to attack a viewpoint they disagree with. Such conduct makes it nearly impossible to have a meaningful debate. Perhaps that is what they hope to avoid.

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