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NBC's Todd Mocks Election Fraud Critics, Wins Washington Applause

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The five-member Federal Communications Commission regulating the nation's news media has always had since 2001, curiously enough, at least one member, and usually two members, drawn from the small Bush-Cheney Florida vote recount team created post-election to ensure the GOP victory.

Kevin Martin, commission chairman from 2005 to 2008 after leading the Florida team and serving as an FCC commissioner, benefited from an especially close relationship with the Bush White House. Martin's wife was communications director for the vice president and then for the president. In essence: her job was to influence the media, and his was to regulate it.

Furthermore, politics is a way of life for all concerned. Many of the top political reporters have spouses who are campaign consultants or office-seekers. Todd's wife, for instance, co-founded Maverick Strategies and Mail, a political consultancy.

Rove is the ultimate example of DC cross-pollination between the media, campaigns, and elected officials. He receives press passes as a journalist. Also, he dispenses hundreds of millions of dollars to political causes, thereby creating vast loyalties and dependencies for years ahead.

Think about it: Most of that spending is ultimately going to media organizations, especially broadcasters.

Cleaning Up Washington

For the secretaries of state, Todd waived his usual speaking fee as a goodwill gesture.

"I owe you a 'thank you,'" Todd told the officials at the beginning of his remarks. "The more complicated elections are state-by-state," he joked, "the harder it is for NBC/Universal to get rid of me."

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The officials and their vendors obviously welcomed the presence of a media celebrity, and sought to leverage it even in small ways.

Ohio's Husted, an executive committee member of the secretary of state association, boasted on Twitter afterward, "Enjoyed having lunch today with NBCs @chucktodd -- he and I agree Redistricting reform needs to happen in OH and across the US."

This, then, is your Washington.

Officials and the media seem to be getting along quite well.

And, as always when one hand washes the other, everyone looks clean.

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Research Appendix

In 2011, OpEd News published my column, Cutting Through Vote Fraud Claims, Hypocrisy, about the release in an Ohio court of testimony by the controversial GOP IT expert Mike Connell following his death in an airplane crash. To assist other researchers, the Justice Integrity Project compiled also a comprehensive overview (Ed. note: this broken link has been updated) with hotlinks to dozens of major books and other commentaries about electronic elections fraud.  

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Andrew Kreig is an investigative reporter, attorney, author, business strategist, radio host, and longtime non-profit executive based in Washington, DC. His most recent book is "Presidential Puppetry: Obama, Romney and Their Masters," the (more...)

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and all the rest of the official press kiss ups ar... by intotheabyss on Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 at 3:32:32 PM
Thank you for your comment. To illustrate it furth... by Andrew Kreig on Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 at 4:08:30 PM
be virtually skeletonized over the past years. Con... by intotheabyss on Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 at 6:30:49 PM
how can this be the case when all that election ad... by nation of gandhis on Saturday, Feb 2, 2013 at 7:39:58 PM
shills posing as election reformers who never spea... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 10:34:22 AM
Regarding exit polls, here is my reply to a NY Tim... by Richard Charnin on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 1:22:37 PM
Props to you for including your link that kicked t... by Kim Cassidy on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 4:32:24 AM
been simply making up polls for a while.  The... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 5:00:56 PM
I suggest you read this closely.The unadjusted sta... by Richard Charnin on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 5:39:11 PM
have handled more election lawsuits than anyone.&n... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 6:02:10 PM
 It has been proven that the 2012 primaries ... by Richard Charnin on Friday, Feb 1, 2013 at 1:24:36 PM
One of the biggest arguments for fraud are the exi... by kappie on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 8:20:25 AM
click here... by Richard Charnin on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 1:26:21 PM
Just prior to voting day, I sent articles to Todd ... by Janis Smith on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 9:02:28 AM
The well-documented, fraudulent, red-shifting of v... by Cliff Arnebeck on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 10:22:25 AM
That is all this country is anymore.Bill Moyers an... by 911TRUTH on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 11:53:28 AM
I just updated the column to provide a better link... by Andrew Kreig on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 2:33:49 PM
Richard Charnin keeps asking for the reason that t... by Cliff Arnebeck on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 3:05:14 PM
Are the 2 main targets for major fraud. It used to... by Kim Cassidy on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 5:17:04 AM
It is good to be reminded that a good number of th... by Marta Steele on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 3:31:02 PM
Do Chuck Todd and other men realize that the way t... by Martha Moffett on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 4:16:29 PM
Subliminal tactic to win friends and influence peo... by Kim Cassidy on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 5:34:09 AM
Funny buts it the Same corporations including Stat... by Poor old Dirt farmer on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 5:50:27 PM
one big conflict of interest. Corrupt to the core ... by intotheabyss on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 6:27:29 PM
Traces to Hallibuirton and friends, some others in... by Kim Cassidy on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 5:23:29 AM
Note: I just adjusted a typo at the bottom of the ... by Andrew Kreig on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 12:02:06 AM
Thanks so much for this.  The chummy relation... by Michael Collins on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 2:53:22 AM
Thanks!... by Kim Cassidy on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 5:24:50 AM
From: Hi... by Richard Charnin on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 11:57:31 AM
Never mind this bean counting, have you checked ou... by Gustav Wynn on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 9:05:48 PM
Wonderful article and great comments following.&nb... by Jana Nestlerode on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 9:00:38 PM
The Michael Connell hiring cannot be overlooked. T... by Gustav Wynn on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 9:46:32 PM
Subtle and Deceptive Tactics to Discredit Truth in... by Linda Ross on Sunday, Feb 3, 2013 at 12:56:56 PM