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Consortium Spins Like Media Do


 

As we knew, Al Gore won Florida in last year’s presidential election.

Last night and this morning, the members of the newspaper Consortium who hired the National Opinion Research Center of the University of Chicago to classify the 176,000+ ballots that were never counted in the presidential election in Florida last year, published their interpretations of the results.

What the results show unequivocally is that Al Gore won the state of Florida.  The wrong man was inaugurated on January 20.

However, most of the headlines published last night and today about the ballot study say that the study proves Bush won.  Here are some examples:

Associated Press, as published in The New York Times, “Vote Review: Bush Would Have Won Fla.”

The New York Times, “Study of Disputed Florida Ballots Finds Justices Did Not Cast the Deciding Vote”—yeah, got to let those guys off the hook!

CNN.com, “Florida recount study: Bush still wins”

Washington Post, “Florida Recounts Would Have Favored Bush :  But Study Finds Gore Might Have Won Statewide Tally of All Uncounted Ballots”—well, yeah!

Los Angeles Times, “Bush Still Had Votes to Win in a Recount, Study Finds”

At least the Chicago Tribune said, “Ballots, rules, voter error led to 2000 election muddle, review shows”

When you read further, however, all of the articles admit that if all overvotes and undervotes that showed the clear intent of the voter, which are required to be counted under Florida law, Al Gore won Florida, and therefore the presidency.  And this study doesn’t even consider the fact that 16 counties did not perform their legally mandated machine recounts due to the machinations of Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris, whose office, according to Jeffrey Toobin in his new book, Too Close To Call, acted as a “wholly owned subsidiary of the Bush campaign.”  Nor does the study include the thousands of votes for Pat Buchanan, which were clearly not meant for him, and were most likely meant for Al Gore.

There can be absolutely no question, then, that Al Gore won.

Even right winger Matt Drudge used the headline, “BIG MEDIA FLORIDA RECOUNT: GORE TOPPED BUSH IF ALL UNDER/OVER VOTES COUNTED,” but then, unable to let Gore get away without a jab, Drudge had to add, “LEGAL STRATEGY DESTROYED CHANCES.”

The Houston Chronicle, alone among mainstream newspapers that I’ve seen, carried the headline, “Statewide Fla. recount might have won presidency for Gore.”

How did this happen?  How did the wrong man get into the White House?  The best book on how the Republicans prevailed in Florida, despite the fact that more voters there wanted to and even tried to elect Gore, is Jeffrey Toobin’s new book, Too Close To Call.  Be sure to listen to my interview of Toobin on the Caro’s Commentaries page, MakeThemAccountable.com/caro.  The interview will also be played on RadioLeft.

We can be very proud, friends, that our messages and letters may well have been the reason why the Consortium decided to finally release the data, after they had said at the end of September that the release would be “indefinitely postponed.”  They’ll never admit we had an influence, of course.

If you’ve read my website and listened to my commentaries, then you know that I’m a results-oriented person.  There are some things we can do to make certain this kind of travesty never ever happens again.  Call us a republic or call us a democracy.  What’s absolutely essential is that the person elected by us, the people, is the person who takes office.

Democrats.com has a list of things we can do.  Go to their website and click the “More” button under the article, “Democrats.com Declares Gore the Winner, Launches ‘Democracy in 2002’ Campaign.”  That’s Democrats.com Declares Gore the Winner, Launches ‘Democracy in 2002’ Campaign,” at Democrats.com.

And don’t forget that there’s another way to thwart the media conglomerates and the rich families like the Scaifes, the Olins, and the Coors, to get our government back.  The Supreme Court told us that our votes don’t count.  We see from the results of the definitive study of the Florida ballots that they really did damage our ability to elect our president.  Only money counts in Washington.  So please help me form an organization to collect small contributions from ordinary citizens to fund organizations, publications, and candidates that represent the views of us, the people.  Help me start an organization to Buy Back Our Government.  To read the proposal and join the discussion group, go to MakeThemAccountable.com/buyback.  That’s MakeThemAccountable.com/buyback.

Democrats won big last Tuesday.  We must make certain that impetus carries forward to 2002, and to 2004.  We must vote these Republican thugs out of office.

Statewide Fla. recount might have won presidency for Gore

BIG MEDIA FLORIDA RECOUNT: GORE TOPPED BUSH IF ALL UNDER/OVER VOTES COUNTED; LEGAL STRATEGY DESTROYED CHANCES

Democracy in 2002: We Will Never Get Over It!

Recount Spin: First They Are Stealing the Election, Now They are Stealing the Truth

Vote Review: Bush Would Have Won Fla.

Study of Disputed Florida Ballots Finds Justices Did Not Cast the Deciding Vote

Florida recount study: Bush still wins

Ballots, rules, voter error led to 2000 election muddle, review shows

Florida Recounts Would Have Favored Bush :  But Study Finds Gore Might Have Won Statewide Tally of All Uncounted Ballots

Bush Still Had Votes to Win in a Recount, Study Finds

An Outline of Recount Strategies

Battle Cries for Voting System Reform Go Largely Unheeded

Report of the Special Committee on Election Reform

 

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