Election Fraud: Where?s the Outrage?

Just last month, astonishing new evidence has come forth that in 2004 millions of Kerry votes were "switched" to Bush, and millions more "graveyard votes" were added to Bush's total. Mainstream media coverage? Nada!

On March 8, 1994, scarcely year into Bill Clinton's first term, The New York Times reporter, Jeff Gerth, "broke" the infamous "Whitewater" story, claiming that the Clintons were involved in some sort of cryptic land investment scandal. The story was fed to Gerth by "The Arkansas Project," a right-wing hit squad whose sole purpose was to "get" Clinton by publicizing groundless accusations. The New York Times, "the newspaper of historical record," was somehow persuaded that this news was "fit to print."

The so-called "Whitewater scandal" dogged Clinton throughout his Presidency, as scarcely a week went by without the corporate media "reporting" some allegedly "new" developments in the case.

Six and a half years and some $70 million taxpayers' dollars later, Whitewater Special Prosecutor, Ken Starr, told the House Judiciary Committee that he lacked the evidence to continue his investigation. During those six plus years, the Washington Post published over 2000 articles about "Whitewater" (Media Matters,Nexis search), but neglected to give prominent space to Starr's virtual exoneration of the Clintons.

Now compare this extended media frenzy over what turned out to be a non-story, with another story which, if true, strikes at the very heart of our democracy. This is the substantial and unrebutted evidence that the past two presidential elections, along with the intervening congressional elections, were stolen and that, by implication, the United States has, for the past six years, been ruled by an illegitimate government.

Just last month, astonishing new evidence has come forth that in 2004 millions of Kerry votes were "switched" to Bush, and millions more "graveyard votes" were added to Bush's total. Mainstream media coverage? Nada!  Instead the source is the New Zealand website,Scoop, and subsequently other progressive websites. I will return to this remarkable report later in this essay.

As noted, the mainstream media have been virtually silent aboutthe issue of election fraud.  The Democratic Party, the principle victim of the fraud (apart, that is, from the American voters), won't touch the issue, as prominent Democratic politicians proclaim that their party lost these elections "fair and square." Instead, the issue has been kept alive through the internet and the independent and self-financed efforts of a few determined individuals and citizen-based organizations.

Their efforts have not been in vain. Last September,a Zogby poll  reported that less than half of the American public was "very confident," and about a third "not at all confident," that George Bush won the 2004 election "fair and square." Since then, still more evidence has accumulated validating these suspicions, most recently the US Attorneys scandal and Greg Palast's purloined e-mails revealing a coordinated GOP campaign to "purge" voting rolls of Democratic voters.

Congress now has bills before it that address the issue of electoral integrity, albeit half-heartedly. In fact, many election reform advocates claim that "the Holt Bill" now before the House (HR 811) will, if anything,make the situation worse.

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