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Thursday, December 02, 2004


This is an interesting item submitted by Kate this morning. It goes into detail about much of the evidence indicating that there really was an attempt by the GOP to steal the November election.

Mass Media In 'Lock Down' Not to Cover Possible Voting Fraud
by Peter Coyote

There is a bumper sticker I saw months ago that sums up the current
state of affairs in our country regarding what is the biggest news
story you'll never see reported in the general media. It said: "IF

On Friday I received a phone call from a good friend who works at CBS.
I've known her for years and she is a producer for some of the news
programs, one well-known one in particular. She tipped me off that the network media is currently in a "lock-down", and that there is to be no TV coverage whatever of the real problems with voting on November 2nd. She said similar "lock-down orders" had been made last year after the invasion of Iraq, but this is worse, and far
scarier. the system is similar to the 'D' notice protocol imposed on English newspapers in time of crisis. She said the majority of their journalists at CBS and elsewhere in NYC are deeply concerned: all of them are worried about losing their jobs in retribution for independent reporting, Dan Rather style or worse [senior presenter publicly reprimanded for publicising controversy over G W Bush's Texas National Guard record - E.].

My source says she's also been forbidden to talk about the restrictions
even on her own time, but she is furious and feels her journalistic and
moral integrity, as what she considers to be watchdog on government,
requires her to spread the word, albeit through third parties,
including myself. She said that journalism and the truth is at
stake. A colleague of hers, an MSNBC producer, said that an anchor by
the name of Keith Olbermann had brought electronic voting problems up
on his show on Friday evening and the axe immediately came down - he
was stood down from his broadcast during a commercial message. He's at
least fighting back and talking about it on his weblog, but she
said that people there are worried that he's likely to be fired (not
for the subject, allegedly, but for disobeying a management

She said at this point the only way to air the subject is if electors
in problem states start talking about it and make a big enough stink
about it to our elected officials, the FEC, and attract
attention in the international media - then our own media won't have
any choice but to cover the controversy. Yes, this is really happening
in the good old "democratic" free press of the US of A. The only place
you'll find voting fraud talked about right now is on the internet
(unfortunately) and on AirAmerica Radio (with its negligible listening
figures). Even PBR won't touch the story. Everyone - this is
serious. I can't emphasize it any more strongly. If
there was ever a time to speak up and take action it is NOW. If you are
feeling sick to your stomach (like me) about the possibility of 4 more
years under Bush and the future of our country, and yet you
feel helpless, here's your opportunity to take action.
Imagine if you saw a loved one drowning: what do you do? Well, our
country's democracy is drowning and she needs us. In a
recent email, I used the F-word - FRAUD - and mentioned I felt strongly
that there is a lot of mounting evidence of an unclean election. I say
that not only as a result of my own observations out in the field
as a poll watcher in the key battleground state of Ohio,
where coach loads of Bush supporters were brought in from up country. I
say it with confidence in a range of reports that have been circulating
around the country, from various voting precincts, involving
irregularities and problems with the voting machines, numbers not
matching up with the exit polls or actual numbers of registered voters
in various precincts. I've been busy researching this issue
and compiling for you below some details of these reports and where you
can get more info: To believe that Bush won the election, you must also

  1. That the exit polls were WRONG. Remember, they have been
    used since 1992 and are considered generally reliable.

  2. That Zogby's 5pm election day calls for Kerry winning OH and FL
    were WRONG. But Zogby was within a less than 0.5 % point margin of
    error in the 2000 final poll and in previous polls for other elections,
    including 2002 mid-terms.

  3. That Harris Poll last-minute polling for Kerry was WRONG. They
    were also within a 1% margin of error in their 2000 final poll.

  4. The Incumbent Rule 1 (that undecideds primarily break at the end
    for the challenger) was WRONG.

  5. The 50% Rule was WRONG (that an incumbent doesn't do better than
    his final polling)

  6. The Approval Rating Rule was WRONG (that an incumbent with less
    than 50% approval will most likely lose the election)

  7. That journalist Greg Palast was WRONG when he said that even
    before the election, 1 million votes were stolen from Kerry across
    three states, including FL. He was the first reporter to break the fact
    that 90,000 Florida African-Americans were disenfranchised in the 2000

  8. That it was just a COINCIDENCE that the exit polls were CORRECT
    where there WAS a PAPER TRAIL and INCORRECT (+5% for Bush) where there

  9. That the surge in new young voters had NO positive effect for
    Kerry, even though it was the largest number of youth voters aged 18-29
    ever - a huge jump from 2000 - and polling showed they were over 55% in
    favor of Kerry

  10. That Kerry did WORSE than Gore against an opponent who LOST the
    support of SCORES of Republican newspapers who were for Bush in 2000

  11. That Bush did better than an 18 national poll average which
    showed him tied with Kerry at 47. In other words, you believe Bush got
    80% of the undecided vote to end up with a 51-48 majority - when all
    professional pollsters agree that the undecided vote goes at least 2:1
    to the challenger

  12. That voting machines made by Republican-donating companies, with
    no paper trail and with no software publication, which have been proven
    by scores of computer scientists to be vulnerable in scores of ways,
    were NOT adjusted unfairly in any way. If you think that last point is
    alarmist, here are just a few examples (from a host of reports I could
    have cited):

  • The City of Gahanna in Ohio discovered a discrepancy that gave
    4,000 votes to George Bush. After media scrutiny, city officials have
    admitted to an electronic "glitch" that caused the problem.

  • In Broward County, FL, errors in software code caused a
    referendum on gambling to be completely overturned. The error caused
    totals to count backwards after reaching a ceiling of 32,500 votes. The
    problem existed in the 2002 election as well, but the issue was not
    resolved by the manufacturer of the electronic voting machine. Yes,
    another Republican contributor.

  • In North Carolina, a Craven County district logged 11,283 more
    votes than voters and actually overturned the results of a regional


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