Interview with WhoWhatWhy Editor-in-Chief, Russ Baker
My guest today is Russ Baker, investigative journalist, author and Editor-in-Chief of WhoWhatWhy.
Joan Brunwasser: Welcome back to OpEdNews, Russ. I understand that your team is involving itself in a big way in recount coverage. Would you like to tell us what your plans are?
Russ Baker: We aim to field one of the largest teams possible in researching every aspect of the election result. We'll aim to bring unique insight to the recounts, but not just to that. We will be looking at the mechanics of voting itself (including paper ballots and electronic voting), as well as at vote suppression and other factors. We welcome anyone who has information or wishes to participate to contact us via our site.
JB: I understand that you're going to be gathering information that extends beyond the three states currently to be recounted/audited, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania. If that's true, how come?
RB: We think that the public deserves to understand what happened in every state where the outcome was very close. We hear anecdotal evidence of problems in numerous places.
I think many of us have heard sordid tales of election dysfunction, from voter disenfranchisement to harassment, to vote flipping and beyond. What's your reportage on this going to look like? What can we look forward to?
RB: So far, anecdotally, there certainly are a lot of problematical situations, across the board. How much of that is of the overt kind, and how much of the covert, is not clear. We'll be looking at both -- including the covert, which of course by definition is almost impossible to prove" but really top-notch investigative reporting can at least expose compromised systems and chains of custody and so forth. We are looking to explore every aspect. It really depends in part on what kind of funding we receive from the public, as this is expensive to do.