- Fox News host Tucker Carlson apologized Friday after a Georgian news station told him he had falsely claimed that a dead man had illegally voted in the state.
- The voter in question, Agnes Blallock, is the wife of the late James Blallock Jr., and her registered voter name is “Mrs. James Blallock Jr.”
- “He’s not voting,” she told Atlanta-based news station 11 Alive. “He didn’t vote. It was me.”
- Carlson issued an apology on air saying, “We’ll always correct when we’re wrong, and so do we.”
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Fox News host Tucker Carlson apologized Friday on air after a Georgian news station told him he falsely claimed that a dead man had illegally voted in the state during the November elections.
During Thursday’s clip of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Carlson said that votes had been cast for James Blallock of Covington, a WWII veteran who passed away in 2006. In fact, the vote was taken by his widow registered to vote under the name ” Mrs. James R. Blallock, Jr. “
President Donald Trump’s campaign started Has issued a series of lawsuits in a bunch of swing states In support of allegations debunked about voter fraud, Blalock’s name was released inaccurately as evidence of the death of a person who cast his vote, which could indicate voter fraud.
“Nobody captures that story quite well like James Blallock of Covington, Georgia,” Carlson said Thursday. “Blallock was a postman for 33 years until he passed away in 2006.” “Fourteen years later, according to state records, he was still mailing things. James Blallock cast his vote in last week’s election.”
– Replay / Count. Matt Getz (@RepMattGaetz) November 12, 2020
Newton County officials, outside of Atlanta, A statement was issued On Thursday, saying that the report is incorrect. The record that the Trump campaign described as evidence of fraud actually revealed that the registered voter was Blalock’s widow.
“The registration of her voters was signed in the name of Mrs. James E. Blallock, Jr., and this is exactly how she signed her name when she voted in the general election on November 3,” the officials wrote. Newton County conducts its election and voter registration efforts with transparency and attention to detail and hopes that this election or any other election will be reported. [with] The same level of validation and accurate information.
Atlanta NBC Local Affiliate, 11 Alive, He cited the inaccuracy of the Carlson report After county officials denied that voter fraud occurred. The station spoke to Agnes Blalock, a 96-year-old woman, who confirmed that she was indeed the one who voted.
She said, “He doesn’t vote.” “He didn’t vote. It was me.”
On Friday, Carlson issued an apology to viewers for giving them misinformation.
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“We have some good news tonight and an apology,” he said. “One of the people who voted in last week’s election didn’t die. James Blallock is still dead. We told you about him, but his wife voted. She voted for Mrs. James Blallock. It’s old fashioned, and we missed it … It was Mrs. James Blallock, so … I apologize for that, and of course we’ll always correct when we’re wrong, and we were. ”
He also claimed that “a whole bunch of dead people had already voted,” but noted that “James Blallock was not among them.”
A viral allegation of thousands of deceased people who voted in elections has spread online in recent days It was debunked by the New York Times.
“The dead whose identities were used to vote appears to be a common topic for those who spread baseless allegations of fraud regarding the elections.” The Times said.
Decision office headquarters and from the inside Joe Biden was declared the winner of the presidential election On November 6 and He called Georgia to the post of president-elect On November 14th.
Trump, who was well short of the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency, has refused to concede so far, citing cases largely exposed of voter fraud in an effort to delegitimize the election.