Election 1960

Election 1960 - . .and like clockwork, charges of voter fraud, ballot-box stuffing, buying votes - the full catastrophe.

A Whiff Of Fraud In Election Returns – The Moral Responsibility Of The Media – 1961 – Past Daily Reference Room.

Election 1960
Election 1960 – . .and like clockwork, charges of voter fraud, ballot-box stuffing, buying votes – the full catastrophe.
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February 1961 – Election Fraud And Media Integrity – Irv Kupcinet – At Random -Gordon Skene Sound collection –

February 1961 – The 1960 election was history and John F. Kennedy was President. That still didn’t prevent people from calling foul and accusing various precincts of a wide range of actions to sway the election; none of them legal, but none of them substantiated.

In this episode of At Random, an impromptu and wildly off-the-cuff TV talk show in the early 1960s, Irv Kupcinet has several notable reporters and Professor Herman Finer, a Political Scientist, author and professor at University of Chicago who defends his contention that the 1960 Election results, at least in Illinois, were fraudulent and that the razor-thin majority vote should have gone to Nixon rather than Kennedy.

This lively, and somewhat out of control debate puts Finer in the midst of a verbal altercation, accusing the Media (most notably newspapers) of downplaying reports of election irregularities and destruction of ballots and putting an editorial foot on charges of fraud and ballot tampering, which Finer claims ran rampant all over Illinois, but especially in Chicago.

The discussion shifts gear (almost without noticing) to include the rights and responsibilities of the Press, including a series of anecdotes regarding FDR’s relationship with the Press and continuing with comparisons between American media and overseas media.

Although the makeup of the Press, especially the Foreign Press makes for interesting listening, the issue of Voter Fraud in 1961 takes the cake, as it echoes, in many places those allegations and baseless charges we’re seeing now in 2021.

Irving “Irv” Kupcinet was an American newspaper columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, television talk-show host, and radio personality based in Chicago, Illinois. He was popularly known by the nickname “Kup”.

His daily “Kup’s Column” was launched in 1943 and remained a fixture in the Sun-Times for the next six decades.

In 1952, Kupcinet became a pioneer in the television talk show genre when he landed his own talk show. In 1957, he was one of the set of hosts who replaced Steve Allen on The Tonight Show, before Jack Paar was brought in to change the program’s format. Kupcinet’s own series ran from 1959 until 1986 and was, at one point, syndicated to over 70 stations throughout the United States. The series garnered 15 Emmy Awards along with a Peabody Award.

In addition to writing his newspaper column and talk-show hosting duties, from 1953 to 1977 Kupcinet provided commentary for radio broadcasts of Chicago Bears football games with Jack Brickhouse (and was affectionately mocked for the signature phrase, “Dat’s right, Jack”).

Not complete, since this was originally a 2-hour show that ran in several topic directions at once, I tried to keep it to the two subjects at hand before it morphed into something else and started on the subject of Princess Grace’s Wedding in Monaco. A fascinating show and an even more fascinating personality.


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