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O’Reilly, Kelly examine Philadelphia support for Obama

Fox News’ Megyn Kelly is strengthening her bona fides as a non-conspiratorialist. Having served as part of the team that slapped some sense into Karl Rove on election night, she now appears on “The O’Reilly Factor” to bat away any notion that there was anything amiss in President Obama’s receiving unanimous support in 59 Philadelphia voting “divisions.” The Philadelphia Inquirer put the question this way: “[W]as there not one contrarian voter in those 59 divisions, where unofficial vote tallies have President Obama outscoring Romney by a combined 19,605 to 0?”

O’Reilly expressed the same skepticism, conjecturing that a careless voter may have made a mistake: “One person was drunk, and their finger hit the wrong thing,” he says. Kelly said there’s precedent here, as John McCain also blanked in many of these same predominantly African-American divisions in 2008. “I haven’t seen anything to concern me,” says Kelly.

The Inquirer poked around in these voting divisions in search of die-hard Republicans. It was a “quest” story, and the results were threadbare, as this excerpt explains:

Eighteen Republicans reportedly live in the nearby 15th Division, according to city registration records. The 15th has the distinction of pitching two straight Republican shutouts - zero votes for McCain in 2008, zero for Romney on Tuesday. Oh, and 13 other city divisions did the same thing in 2008 and 2012.

Three of the 15th’s registered Republicans were listed as living in the same apartment, but the tenant there said he had never heard of them. The addresses of several others could not be found.

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.


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