I don't find this argument persuasive. David Fredoso, author of “Spin Masters: How the Media Ignored the Real News and Helped Reelect Barack Obama,” maintains that Chris Matthews engaged in a voter-suppression campaign by calling Republicans racist. However stupid or partisan Matthews's remarks may have been, I think we go off the rails if we equate unfair or irrational criticism of political parties with voter suppression. Is Matthews supposed to have scared potentially conservative voters away from the polls by lying about the Republican leadership? Persuading voters away from the polls is not the same as bullying them, even if the persuasion is mistaken or dishonest. Would we be in patience with liberal complaints that Republicans suppress votes by criticizing the incumbent Democratic president?
By Texan99 on Wednesday, January 30, 2013