[R-G] Media blackout on Gore win
bstoller at utopia2000.org
Mon Oct 22 12:03:09 MDT 2001
Sydney Morning Herald. 22 October 2001. Media Suppress the News that
Bush Lost Election to Gore.
The most detailed analysis yet of the contested Florida votes from last
year's presidential election -- with the potential to question President
George Bush's legitimacy -- is being withheld by the news organizations
that commissioned it.
Results of the inspection of more than 170,000 votes rejected as
unreadable in the "hanging chad" chaos of last November's vote count
were ready at the end of August.
The study was commissioned early this year by a consortium including The
Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The New York Times and the
broadcaster CNN. The cost was more than $2 million.
Now, however, spokesmen for the consortium say that they decided to
postpone the story of the analysis by the National Opinion Research
Center at the University of Chicago for lack of resources and lack of
interest in the face of the enormous story after the September 11
attacks. Newspapers were saying last week that the final phase of the
analysis, counting the 170,000 votes, had been postponed.
"Our belief is that the priorities of the country have changed, and our
priorities have changed," said Steven Goldstein, vice-president of
corporate communications at Dow Jones, owner of The Wall Street Journal.
Catherine Mathis, a spokeswoman for The New York Times, said: "The
consortium agreed that because of the war, because of our lack of
resources, we were postponing the vote-count investigation. But this is
not final. The intention is to go forward."
However David Podvin, an investigative journalist who runs an
independent Web page, Make Them Accountable, said he had been tipped off
that the consortium was covering up the results. He refused to disclose
his source other than to describe him as a former media executive whom
he knew "as an accurate conduit of information" and who claimed that the
consortium "is deliberately hiding the results of its recount because
[former Democrat vice-president Al] Gore was the indisputable winner."
He also claims that a New York Times journalist involved in the recount
project had told "a former companion" that the Gore victory margin was
big enough to create "major trouble for the Bush presidency if this ever
"The goosiness, the sensitivity, that the press which organized this
analysis is now showing to publishing the results and the persistence of
questions about the Florida ballots raise questions," said Dr John
Mason, a professor of political science at William Paterson University,
in New Jersey.
"There is a sensitivity over the legitimacy of this president."National
Opinion Research Center staff have been puzzled by the idea that the
media would lack the resources because, they said, they had computer
programs already designed and fitted for the final count.
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