11.10.2004



Big Bird whitewash


One would think that after all the well-documented shenanigans on election day, the news media would pay a little attention. Of course, this has been a disappointment, so far. Yet anyone who is paying attention would know that the corporate media is very unlikely to engage in such a story that questions the operations of the establishment.

But when NPR's All Things Considered offers up the incredible whitewash by Pam Fessler, where she does a fair imitation of Karl Rove in dismissing reports of election fraud as so much ignorant misinterpretation of data, and Robert Siegel, who called people concerned about the very integrity of our democracy "conspiracy theorists." Their "sources" for information dismissing these "conspiracy theories"? Election officials! (Who are elected and often are leaders in candidate campaigns.) I'm left wondering: Are they stupid? Or were they bought? (Or pressured?) Probably the latter. It's no secret that Big Bird did indeed turn right under corporate pressures felt all the more after Congressional cuts in funding that began with the Contract on America. Still, it's shocking to see NPR line up with Fox News. (Happy birthday, Big Bird! So sad to see you go so soon!)

Thank goodness (or Goodman) for Democracy Now, who spent some time today (Wednesday) talking with statisticians, reporters and political observers about the irregularities and curious questions that have come to light in these past elections.

Meanwhile, on GE-owned MSNBC, Keith Olberman observes:

The election vote mess is like one of those inflatable clown dolls. You knock it down with your hardest punch, it goes supine, and then bounces back up, in the meantime having moved an inch or two laterally.


The big danger is the misplaced reaction. For example, Molly Ivin's advocacy of the suggestion she saw on Daily Kos that George Soros buy Diebold is hardly the answer. Do we respond to corruption and fraud with more corruption and fraud, albeit with the correct political view? Yes yes, she talks about then placing it into the "public trust." But I don't believe any multi-billionaire is the one to save democracy. It's going to take all of us. I'm a big fan of Molly's writings and humor (and Daily Kos, too, for that matter), but on this one she (and the Kos diarist she cites) struck out with me.

comments:

Ivin's advocacy is strange. Preventing vote fraud is not rocket science! The right way to do it is a viewpoint-neutral, trust-restoring way: improve the laws (things like mandatory paper trails, mandatory hand recounts irrespective of how close or not the result is - or - if you can't get mandatory hand recounts, which is one of the most secure solutions - get mandatory disclosure of blueprints and source code for the electronic voting apparatus).

The way to do it is not buying out one voting company out of several!
 



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