Back in December Rachel, Maddow was on the David Letterman show and when discussing rival cable channel Fox News she said:
“I of course think that we (MSNBC) are much more true than Fox is true,” Maddow said in the Dec. 15, 2010, interview. “The problem that I think is reasonable to assert about Fox and its coverage is that they make up stories out of whole cloth and then make a big deal out of them.”
She continued, “For example, they said the New Black Panther Party decided the election for Barack Obama. They ran dozens and dozens and dozens of stories about the New Black Panther Party, which was one guy who braided his beard in Philadelphia and who didn’t have an organization, yelling on a street corner. They represented that story as if that is the guy who decided the election. That was fake.”
So Fox News channel ran “dozens and dozens and dozens” of stories about the New Black Panther Party deciding the election in then-Senator Obama’s favor – got it?
Well, Pulitzer Prize-winning Politifact looked into that claim, and found – wait for it – exactly zero instances where Fox News asserted that the New Black Panther Party had a decisive role presidential election.
As Politifact wrote in its conclusion:
In all the coverage we examined, we couldn’t find a single case in which the discussion revolved around the political impact of the incident, including whether the New Black Panther Party had helped put the Obama campaign over the top in 2008. So we rated the statement False.
I guess that is the definition of “dozens and dozens and dozens”…
As a further reminder, the man brandishing the baton outside a public polling place was a member of The New Black Panther Party and he has been served with an injunction that is intended to prevent him from brandishing that type of weapon within 100 feet of a polling location until after the 2012 election (until Nov. 15, 2012), though oddly the prosecution of the individuals involved was dropped by the Department of Justice.
Politifact. com: Maddow takes on Fox News over New Black Panther Party
MyFoxPhilly.com: New Black Panther Seen At Polling Place
The Washington Post: Report: Justice Dept. tried hiding officials’ role in Panther lawsuit dismissal
SlideShare.net: FindLaw | Voting Rights – New Black Panther Party Figure Shabazz’s Weapon’s Order
U. S. Commission on Civil Rights: HEARING ON THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE’S ACTIONS RELATED TO THE NEW BLACK PANTHER PARTY LITIGATION AND ITS ENFORCEMENT OF SECTION 11(b) OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT (transcript)
Wikipedia: New Black Panther Party voter intimidation case entry