Ohio in the 2004 election
I gotta defend “mainstream” media on this one. From Drudge:
White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card was outraged that the TV networks refused to declare Bush the winner on Election Night, even after all the votes were counted in the pivotal state Ohio and it became obvious Kerry could not win.
‘Some of the talking heads,’ Card said, ‘were rooting for a crisis in Ohio. It wasn’t just that they were afraid to admit we had won.’
Card became particularly incensed when Bush’s Ohio lead reached 120,000 votes, which was mathematically insurmountable.
‘Nobody wanted to call it so that we had won,’ he said. ‘It was like, c’mon, are they just afraid to say it?’
The reason they held off on calling Ohio right away was because they didn’t want to look like idiots like in 2000 when they called Florida way too early. That’s the reason. I’m not denying that there’s a lot of liberal bias in “mainstream” media, but I’m pretty sure it had nothing to do with why they didn’t call Ohio right away. I don’t think Fox News, the evil right-wing fascist Bush-controlled network even called it on election night, but I could be wrong.