Reuters appears to have unwittingly made an admission against interest.
The outlet this week released a fact-check article in which it admitted that the overwhelming majority of states have not conducted recounts of the 2020 U.S. presidential election.
Reuters decided to conduct a fact check of recent social media posts that have claimed that 46 out of the United States’s 50 states have conducted recounts of the 2020 presidential election.
The outlet quotes this example:
SCREENSHOT BEFORE THIS GETS DELETED 46 of 50 states have now recounted and CONFIRMED that Biden lost the vote in their state. The media has not said ANYTHING about this and continues to ignore it.
Now, of course, the part that Reuters is focusing on, and the part that no doubt caused them to do a fact check, is the part that states that the recounts have “confirmed that Biden lost the vote in their state.” This would support the idea that there may have been fraud in the 2020 election that led to Biden’s victory.
But, what is interesting is Reuters’s conclusion: “False. Recounts of the 2020 U.S. Presidential election were not conducted in 46 states as recently claimed on social media posts.”
In other words, Reuters doesn’t conclude by declaring false the claim that recounts have “confirmed that Biden lost the vote.” Rather, it declares false the claim that “46 of 50 states have not recounted.”
Therein lays the problem
One of the issues that some Republicans have with the 2020 presidential election is that, in many cases, adequate steps were not taken to address their concerns that fraud played a role in the outcome. Instead, the mainstream media and Big Tech simply tried to censor the idea that fraud was even a remote possibility.
As Reuters notes, it is true that recounts have been conducted in the counties of several states. This includes counties in Arizona, Wisconsin, Texas, Georgia, and Pennsylvania. The recounts confirmed Biden to be the winner. However, the situation isn’t quite as cut and dry as Reuters suggests.
Perhaps the most well-known recount is the one that took place in Maricopa County, Arizona, and that recount was a disaster from the start due to the fight between Democratic election officials and Arizona’s Republican Congress. Officials seem to have concluded that widespread election fraud was not found in Maricopa County in the 2020 presidential election.
At the same time, the state’s attorney general recently released a report that stated, “We have reached the conclusion that the 2020 election in Maricopa County revealed serious vulnerabilities that must be addressed and raises questions about the 2020 election in Arizona.” And, it is because of the “vulnerabilities” that may have impacted the results of the 2020 presidential election that Republicans in various states, like Arizona, have pushed for “election integrity” laws.
At least Reuters now admits that recounts, in the overwhelming majority of states, were not conducted. In doing so, it implies that more steps could have been taken to assure voters that the outcome of the 2020 election was the right and honest outcome.