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.
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?!
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.
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
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
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.
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.