I generally avoid Fox News or even the mention of said news outlet here. I don’t watch any of their programming on TV because I equate their programs with propaganda more than actual news. Some of their on-air personalities come off as ill-informed, and I don’t trust uninformed people to deliver me any news.
Elizabeth Hasselbeck asks the question about requiring a civics test in order to vote in America, and my response is a resounding F**K NO! She suggested that a more informed voter would make the process more meaningful. I don’t disagree with that, but first we have to have knowledgable people doing the informing, and she just failed miserably IMHO.
If we were to enact such a law, she would have disqualified herself to vote at that very instance. Someone who is knowledgeable of American laws in regards to voting would know that the Voter Rights Act of 1965, codified in 42 U.S. Code § 1973, would make such tests illegal. Hence, any attempt to construct a test to qualify voters would render the person making the test unqualified to vote based on this suggestion.
(a) No voting qualification or prerequisite to voting or standard, practice, or procedure shall be imposed or applied by any State or political subdivision in a manner which results in a denial or abridgement of the right of any citizen of the United States to vote on account of race or color, or in contravention of the guarantees set forth in section 1973b (f)(2) of this title, as provided in subsection (b) of this section.(b) A violation of subsection (a) of this section is established if, based on the totality of circumstances, it is shown that the political processes leading to nomination or election in the State or political subdivision are not equally open to participation by members of a class of citizens protected by subsection (a) of this section in that its members have less opportunity than other members of the electorate to participate in the political process and to elect representatives of their choice. The extent to which members of a protected class have been elected to office in the State or political subdivision is one circumstance which may be considered: Provided, That nothing in this section establishes a right to have members of a protected class elected in numbers equal to their proportion in the population.
I don’t think there’s anything about requiring reporters to be informed of things before they spout off, but I’d say that this particular video makes a strong case for such requirements. An informed electorate is a better electorate, but those who try to inform should be knowledgeable themselves. Otherwise, we’re simply furthering ignorance under the guise of knowledge, and that is why I don’t care for Fox News.
I doubt she sees the irony in that she would cause herself to lose her right to vote. I saw it crystal clear.