As Twitchy reported Tuesday night, Paul Krugman and others were buzzing over a piece in New York magazine about a group of computer scientists and lawyers urging Hillary Clinton to contest the election results in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania.
The vote in those close contests showed signs of hacking, they claim. That theory was pretty quickly debunked, though. “It’s hard to stress how weak this is,” wrote the New York Times’ Nick Cohn after a quick review of the data.
Still, the prediction was that the article would blossom online into a widespread call for a recount, and it didn’t take long for that prediction to come true. CNN ran a segment during “The Lead” Wednesday afternoon.
— Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) November 23, 2016
— Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) November 23, 2016
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) November 23, 2016
What? Disgruntled Democrats? What’s he talking about? These are computer scientists, not conspiracy theorists. Oh, and lawyers. Scientists and voting rights lawyers.
The tenor of the reporting is fairly skeptical but this chyron is so irresponsible pic.twitter.com/oXugda3rip
— John Tabin (@johntabin) November 23, 2016
@johntabin Yes, but scientists!
— Joe Weisenthal (@TheStalwart) November 23, 2016
— Skip Non Grata (@_OSINT_) November 23, 2016
— Diana Morrison (@GrandmaD62) November 23, 2016
— Jason Billings (@SingleDallasGuy) November 23, 2016
@johntabin Well if the "Scientists" said to contest the election, I guess we should. 😉 I wonder what else the "Scientist" want us to do?
— Mike Goldweber (@halciber) November 23, 2016
— Turkeyblatt ? (@Skip_Taco) November 23, 2016
— Exasperated5 (@Exasperated5) November 23, 2016
— Danny Blanton (@dannyblanton) November 23, 2016
— Patrick McBride (@antonzilwicky54) November 23, 2016
— Phil Kerpen (@kerpen) November 23, 2016