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Mainstream Media to American Democracy: Drop Dead! PDF Print Email
By Brad Friedman, BradBlog.com   
November 05, 2005
Originally published in The Huffington Post and Brad Blog. Combined and reprinted with permission.

It's been a full two weeks now since the non-partisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) came out with their 107-page report [PDF] confirming what so many of us have been trying to ring the bell about for so long: The Electronic Voting Machines which are proliferating in counties and states across America even as I type, are not secure, not accountable, not recountable, not transparent, not accurate and not adequately monitored or certified by anybody.

Culminating a year-long investigation into the secret Voting Machines and Software now being deployed to the tune of millions of tax-payer dollars to privatize our American Democracy, the GAO report was requested by several high-ranking members of the U.S. House of Representatives. The report confirms that “concerns about electronic voting machines have been realized and have caused problems with recent elections, resulting in the loss and miscount of votes.”

Furthermore, it was released in tandem with a joint bi-partisan news release which lauded the report. That's right. Six high-ranking U.S. Congressmen (3 Democrats and 3 Republicans) issued the incredibly rare joint News Release together. Two of those Congressmen were Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), chairman and ranking minority member, respectively, of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee respectively. You do understand how rare it is that those two can agree on anything much less issue a joint press release, right?!

The Mainstream Corporate Media couldn't care less. As of yet, none of the above has been carried by even one wire service or one major American Newspaper. Not one.

News of the landmark non-partisan report and bi-partisan news release was carried on a few Internet sites (here, here, here, and here) in a few tech journals (here, here, and here) and a couple of tiny independent newspapers (here and here). But there has not been a single wire-service (not AP, not UPI, not Reuters, not AFP etc.) nor a single mainstream American print newspaper (not the New York Times, not Washington Post, not any of them) to run even a paragraph on any of it. Not one.

While I'd expect the usual crappy coverage of something this important from both the wires and the print media, I am completely without explanation as to why none of them (Not one! Did I mention that?!) bothered to do even the usual sub-par, unsatisfactory, wholly misinformed job that we've come to expect from the Mainstream Corporate Media.

CNN reported on the GAO report...on November, 24 2004 in an article headlined "GAO to investigate election complaints". That was, of course, back when the investigation was first announced. Now that the investigation is actually completed, apparently CNN has no interest in reporting the results discovered.

We'll have to assume that the lack of security and validity of millions of American votes, including votes both cast and lost in the last Presidential Election, are of little interest to the Mainstream Corporate Media. And that raises the question: Just what are they interested in and why? And what possible excuse could all of those mainstream media outlets have for not running even the tiniest notice of such an important report following a year long investigation which directly concerns the very future of American democracy?

But why should they bother to run even a paragraph on it? It's only about our VOTE, the very heart of our democracy.

I've tried to encourage the respected Editor & Publisher to look into the matter. They cover the coverage of such things and it'll be a hell of a lot more difficult for the media to ignore the inquiries of E&P than it would be for them to simply disregard me. Perhaps E&P can find out from the four major wire services and America's two most important and influential newspapers why the GAO report and accompanying news release confirming that those of they previously labeled as "conspiracy theorists" are now confirmed as nothing of the kind. Perhaps they can find out why those organizations, apparently, consider a report which rocks the very foundation of our democracy to be less than "newsworthy".

I'd encourage you to do so as well by dropping a polite request to E&P that they inquire and report on the matter. Perhaps that'll help get some action. And some coverage. Their address is:

I hope you'll help. This democracy ain't gonna save itself, ya know. I hope you realize that.

Brad Friedman is an Investigative Blogger and Managing Editor of the popular progressive website BradBlog.com where he has broken enumerable stories over the last year or so on everything from the disastrous Election Irregularities of 2004 to the alarming string of ongoing Lies and Corruption of the Bush Administration and their cronies in Congress and the Corporate Mainstream Media. He is also the co-founder of VelvetRevolution.us, an umbrella organization of citizens groups taking on everything from Election Reform to Media Reform to the War in Iraq. He recently returned from Camp Casey in Crawford, TX where he broadcast over 50 LIVE hours of radio over two weeks in a special "Operation Noble Cause" edition of his BRAD SHOW radio program. Highlights from those broadcasts can be heard at www.BradShow.com.
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