Sam Stein, from the Daily Beast, who has a master’s education and over a decade of journalism experience tweeted on Sunday that recipients of the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) could legally vote.
He later deleted that tweet after noticing his huge mistake, but it does make you wonder how someone with that level of education and who is working in one of the most viewed news website could make such a big mistake as not knowing what DACA entails.
It has been five years since President Obama emplaced DACA with an executive order and on Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the program will be phased out and congress has six-months to create new legislation.
Stein has moved from a long-held position at Huffington Post to the Daily Beast a little over three months ago.
Before the announcement for DACA was made, Stein said in a tweet, “if you’re a DACA recipient who voted for Trump (if such a person exists), I’d like to hear from you. Seriously.”
It should be an obvious fact—if you are not a legal citizen, you cannot vote—but in light of this apparent mistake, it has brought up the question to other journalists, did 800,000 undocumented citizens cast a vote in the 2016 election?
According to one research study, they believe between 594,000 and 5.7 million non-citizens were registered to vote and cast a ballot.
Some twitter commentators were confused by Stein’s tweet, so they made the connection and now wonder if Stein possess any knowledge about non-citizens voting in the 2016 election.
A little look further into Stein’s professional history shows that this isn’t the first mistake he has made with something that is so obviously wrong.
In September 2008 Stein claimed that “(the GOP presidential nominee John) McCain Camp didn’t search Palin’s hometown paper archives,” and therefore hadn’t genuinely vetted his vice-presidential nominee, because “The paper’s (massive) archives are not online.”
While in fact, they are. The newspaper had “over 10 years of archived information available on Sarah Palin in hundreds of articles” online. Stein then rebutted that the archive wasn’t extensive enough, which is hard to believe when a simple google News search returns about 944 items.
Stein still didn’t apologize for his mistake back in 2008 and hasn’t for his most recent one either.
It’s hard to believe that a journalist so “accomplished” and as wide-reaching as Stein (in addition to being the Daily Beast’s Senior Politics Editor, he is an MSNBC “contributor” who has frequently appeared on the Morning Joe show) can be allowed to keep spreading such miss-information to the public.