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We Do Not Consent - Open Letter To The Media

October 24, 2008 Press Release

A current list of this letter's signers can be found (as of 10/23 @ Noon PT) at If you would like to add your name, please use the form on that page or submit your name and affiliation via e-mail to:

We Do Not Consent - Open Letter To The Media


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A Public Media Campaign Launched By Dave Berman Of We Do Not Consent

Dear Media Colleagues:

You are receiving this message because you are known to American progressives as a truth-teller. In this presidential campaign, despite the typical horse-race coverage, we also see the overall corporate media narrative influenced by daily debunking efforts from candidates' rapid response teams, the blogosphere, and the reality-based coverage and reporting that you provide. We need to take this to the next level. There are three very simple basic facts about the way US federal elections are conducted now, and we think they lead to an inescapable conclusion that must be addressed. See if you agree:

1. We have secret corporate vote counting computers counting more than 95% of the votes cast in the United States;

2. The absence of paper ballots, and in some cases state's law, prevents meaningful re-counts throughout much of the country;

3. These electronic voting machines frequently produce results impossible in a legitimate election, such as John Kerry's negative 25 million votes in Youngstown, OH (Nov. 2004), or Palm Beach County's 12,000 votes in excess of the number of voters (Aug. 2008).

To us, this suggests the conclusion that federal election results are unprovable, even though the media reports them as fact.

Can you draw any other conclusion?

It will surprise no one this November when the outcome is a spoiled mess, riddled with controversy. In fact, we can already say the results -based on the conditions- are guaranteed to be inconclusive, unknowable and unprovable.

We must challenge our industry to refuse to report as fact what cannot be proven and has not been independently verified, particularly when the only source of the information is the government itself.

The reality is that the media should be the greatest advocates of hand counting paper ballots because this method of counting allows media greatest access to observing and documenting the process, affording the reported results the greatest credibility.

Transparent coverage of a transparent counting process would create a basis for confidence in the reported results where none currently exists.

As we all know, there is a vibrant community of engaged citizens across the US who collectively self-identify as the "election integrity community." They are asking us truth-tellers to challenge our industry, essentially reframing the debate.

Many of them have appeared on our shows and in our columns over the past few years, and they are eager to be sources for us now. But they are also counting on us to take this message forward and we don't see how we can be truth-tellers without doing that.

Please join us in this concerted effort to use truth-telling yet again to change the corporate media narrative of this presidential campaign.

Respectfully yours,

Dave Berman,; Voter Confidence Committee of Humboldt, CA

Mark Crispin Miller, Author,

Alastair Thompson, Co-Editor/General Manager,

Michael Collins, "The Money Party,";

Ernest Partridge, Co-Editor, The Crisis Papers

Bernard Weiner, Co-Editor, The Crisis Papers

Rob Kall, Executive Editor & Publisher

Joan Brunwasser, Election Integrity Editor

Rady Ananda, Senior Editor; Executive Director Re-media Election Transparency Coalition,

Jan Baumgartner, Managing Editor,

Cheryl Biren-Wright, Managing Editor,

Amanda Lang, OEN Managing Editor,

Linda Milazzo, Senior Editor; HuffingtonPost blogger

Tom Courbat, Founder, SAVE R VOTE,

Dan Ashby, Co-Founder and Director,

Lynn Landes, freelance journalist,

David Swanson, Co-Founder,

Andi Novick, Legal Counsel, Re-media Election Transparency Coalition,

Joanne Lukacher, Communications Director, Re-Media Election Transparency Coalition,

Valerie Lane, Chair, SAVElections Monterey County, California

Peter B. Collins, syndicated talk show host,

David L. Griscom, Ph.D.,; Co-Founder, AUDITAZ,; Member Coordinating Committee, Election Defense Alliance,


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In 2004, Rady Ananda joined the growing community of citizen journalists. Initially focused on elections, she investigated the 2004 Ohio election, organizing, training and leading several forays into counties to photograph the 2004 ballots. She officially served at three recounts, including the 2004 recount. She also organized and led the team that audited Franklin County Ohio's 2006 election, proving the number of voter signatures did not match official results. Her work appears in three books.

Her blogs also address religious, gender, sexual and racial equality, as well as environmental issues; and are sprinkled with book and film reviews on various topics. She spent most of her working life as a researcher or investigator for private lawyers, and five years as an editor.

She graduated from The Ohio State University's School of Agriculture in December 2003 with a B.S. in Natural Resources.

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We do not consent? I dare say if you're going ... by Jim Eldon on Saturday, Oct 25, 2008 at 6:13:56 AM
I see no merit in voting in a corrupt system. ... by Rady Ananda on Saturday, Oct 25, 2008 at 6:32:24 AM
I would say to Jim that he is correct in his asser... by Steve Windisch (jibbguy) on Saturday, Oct 25, 2008 at 7:18:03 AM
,,,that's why they've got the Police State... by Bia Winter on Saturday, Oct 25, 2008 at 8:54:03 AM
Crook media is a criminal operation.  It is a... by John Hanks on Saturday, Oct 25, 2008 at 9:16:07 AM
First, the only way to stop the theft of this elec... by Guitar Chris on Saturday, Oct 25, 2008 at 9:20:10 AM
If people are worried that the election will be st... by John R Moffett on Saturday, Oct 25, 2008 at 2:54:44 PM
... We all know what SHOULD happen regarding the e... by Steven Leser on Saturday, Oct 25, 2008 at 11:24:18 AM
I see nothing progressive in withholding your vote... by Tnut on Saturday, Oct 25, 2008 at 12:14:41 PM
I'm ABSOLUTELY VOTING!!  I'm voting f... by Linda Milazzo on Saturday, Oct 25, 2008 at 5:35:15 PM
American democracy, if there was any, have transfo... by Edip Yuksel on Saturday, Oct 25, 2008 at 12:15:41 PM
First and foremost, would you agree that this pern... by Munich on Saturday, Oct 25, 2008 at 1:04:50 PM
during an election campaign, you emphasize those t... by Steven Leser on Saturday, Oct 25, 2008 at 5:37:10 PM
2000 ElectionThe Enron Robbery of California and i... by Dennis Kaiser on Saturday, Oct 25, 2008 at 1:05:43 PM
would provide for a way for the country to unite. ... by john de herrera on Saturday, Oct 25, 2008 at 1:34:49 PM
OpEdNews » Election deja vu, all over again... by Michael McCoy on Saturday, Oct 25, 2008 at 4:26:54 PM
and one of the ways we show this is by not partici... by Rady Ananda on Saturday, Oct 25, 2008 at 6:47:51 PM
I understand why Rady feels like not participating... by Sharon Roach on Saturday, Oct 25, 2008 at 7:33:03 PM
Rady, I mean this respectfully,How do you reconcil... by Tnut on Saturday, Oct 25, 2008 at 7:49:19 PM
is to shake off the chains that bind us. That's h... by Rady Ananda on Sunday, Oct 26, 2008 at 12:26:01 AM
Rady,To me,The VOTE is the purest form of dissent ... by Tnut on Sunday, Oct 26, 2008 at 4:57:29 AM
TNUT, I wholeheartedly agree with your sentiment t... by Rady Ananda on Sunday, Oct 26, 2008 at 9:03:11 AM
We who are "in the know" (or at least BE... by Steve Windisch (jibbguy) on Sunday, Oct 26, 2008 at 9:32:07 AM
Steve ~ your point is well taken that there is mer... by Rady Ananda on Sunday, Oct 26, 2008 at 10:20:40 AM
Appeals to the media is an exercise in futility, j... by Jim Eldon on Sunday, Oct 26, 2008 at 11:59:03 AM
I still have faith that the system can right itsel... by Tnut on Sunday, Oct 26, 2008 at 1:18:12 PM


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