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Could the Associated Press (AP) Rig the Election? (Check updates at bottom)
by Lynn Landes 10/22/04
Associated Press (AP) will be the sole source of raw vote totals for the major
news broadcasters on Election Night. However, AP spokesmen Jack Stokes and
John Jones refused to explain to this journalist how the AP will receive
that information. They refused to confirm or deny that the AP will receive
direct feed from voting machines and central vote tabulating computers across
the country. But, circumstantial evidence suggests that is exactly what
what can be downloaded can also be uploaded. Computer experts say
that signals can travel both to and from computerized voting machines through wireless
technology, modems, and even simple electricity. Computer
scientists have long warned that computer voting is an invitation to vote
fraud and system failure. An examination of Diebold election software
by several computer scientists, including Dr. Avi Rubin and his staff, proved
that secret backdoors can be built into computer programs that
allow votes to be easily manipulated without detection.
the nation's largest voting machine company that will reportedly count 50% of
all votes, describe on their webpage how "accessible" their results
are, "At ES&S, we know election administrators and the public want fast
and accurate election results. That is why we have developed several election
management system software solutions to make the reporting process easier, more
reliable, and more accessible." Diebold, the second largest voting
machine company, advertises a similar service. Both ES&S and
Diebold have close ties to the Republican Party.
can't the AP be trusted? Isn't it an objective non-partisan news
organization? Some say no. The AP is batting for a Bush
Crockett and Al Lawrence, the hosts of
Democratic Talk Radio, wrote, "...the Associated Press ran a story
that was widely published in newspapers and on the Internet, headlined
"Bush Leads Kerry In Electoral Votes," that could have been written by
the Bush campaign. The assignment of states to candidates, the headline and the
conclusions were all simply wrong. The Associated Press should print a
retraction and work to see that it is widely published."
on WBAY TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin ran an AP article reporting that
Bush has won the election, weeks before the election is to take place. The
AP reported, "At this hour, President Bush has won re-election as
president by a 47 percent to 43 percent margin in the popular vote nationwide.
Ralph Nader has 1 percent of the vote nationwide. That's with 51 percent of the
precincts reporting." According to reports, the AP is now saying the
article was a "test article," a never-heard-before journalistic
is the AP? The Associated Press was founded in 1848. It is a
not-for-profit news cooperative, some would say ‘monopoly’, that rakes
in about $500 million dollars a year. The AP is owned by its 1,500
U.S. daily newspaper members. Their board of directors is elected by
voting ‘bonds’. However, it is not clear who controls the bonds.
AP spokespeople would not give out information on who sits on their board,
however AP leadership appears quite conservative.
Osborne, chairman of the AP board of directors, is also publisher emeritus of
the conservative The Dallas Morning
News, a newspaper that endorsed George W. Bush in the last election.
Kathleen Carroll, senior vice president and executive editor of
AP, was a reporter at The Dallas
Morning News before joining AP. Carroll is also on the
Associated Press Managing Editors (APME)’s 7-member executive committee.
The APME "works
in partnership with AP to improve the wire service's performance,"
according to their website. APME
Deanna Sands, is managing editor of the ultra conservative Omaha
World Herald newspaper, whose parent company owns the
largest voting machine company in the nation, Election Systems and Software
Americans believe that polling organizations and the broadcasters will
raise the red flag on any election shenanigans. But others have their
Collier brothers, authors of the book, VoteScam: The Stealing of America, wrote
about vote fraud and the role the news media and polls played. In 1970,
Channel 7 in Miami projected with 100% accuracy (a virtual impossibility)
the final vote totals on election day. When asked where they got their exit poll
data, both Channel 3 & Channel 7 claimed that the League of Women Voters
sent it in from the precincts. But, the League's local president tearfully
denied it, saying, "I don't want to get caught up in this thing."
The broadcasters then told the Colliers that a private contractor used the data
from a single voting machine to project the winners, but the contractor said he
got the data from a University of Miami professor, who in turn denied this. In
the end, the news broadcasters appeared to have got the polling numbers out of
One thing is clear. The air will be thick with distrust and doubt on Election Night 2004.
(For more on the AP: http://www.conspiracyplanet.com/channel.cfm?channelid=97&contentid=1624)
Lynn Landes is one of the nation's leading journalists on voting technology and democracy issues. Readers can find her articles at EcoTalk.org. Lynn is a former news reporter for DUTV and commentator for the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Contact info: firstname.lastname@example.org / (215) 629-3553