Network news broadcasts have already given Green Party candidate Jill Stein’s calls for election recounts in key states 12 times the coverage afforded to her entire presidential campaign, according to a study released by the Media Research Center Monday.
Stein’s drive garnered a fresh wave of national media attention Saturday when former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s campaign announced it would join her quest to force a vote recount in the battleground state of Wisconsin.
“This is a scam by the Green Party for an election that has already been conceded, and the results of this election should be respected instead of being challenged and abused.”
The MRC’s study found that during the presidential election season, Stein’s campaign garnered a mere 37 seconds of coverage across ABC, NBC, and CBS news evening shows. Stein’s push for recounts in key states won by President-Elect Donald Trump, on the other hand, has already generated seven minutes and 26 seconds of coverage.
“If you thought the presidential election was behind us, word came today from the Hillary Clinton campaign that it will back the statewide election recount effort put on by third-party candidate Jill Stein in three key battle ground states,” NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt said Saturday as he reported on the Clinton camp’s announcement.
Stein only received 1.1 percent of the vote in the Badger State. Trump defeated Clinton in the state by more than 27,200 votes, which is well above the state’s threshold for a mandatory recount.
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“This recount is just a way for Jill Stein, who received less than 1 percent of the vote overall and wasn’t even on the ballot in many states, to fill her coffers with money, most of which she will never even spend on this ridiculous recount,” Trump said in a statement over the weekend.
“The Green Party scam to fill up their coffers by asking for impossible recounts is now being joined by the badly defeated & demoralized Dems,” Trump added in a tweet.
“The people have spoken and the election is over, and as Hillary Clinton herself said on election night, in addition to her conceding by congratulating me, ‘We must accept this result and then look to the future,'” Trump said in his statement. “This is a scam by the Green Party for an election that has already been conceded, and the results of this election should be respected instead of being challenged and abused, which is exactly what Jill Stein is doing.”