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Story Notes For Television Producer Shonda Rhimes

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Story Notes For Television Producer Shonda Rhimes


  By Sheila Parks


Dear Ms. Rhimes:

You are one of the bravest, most extraordinary women on TV and you are going to help save us from election fraud.

Thank you for creating the ABC television series "Scandal," -- and in particular for taking on the bedrock of democracy, voting rights.   All of our other rights rest upon voting rights.  

I also applaud your diverse cast, which includes many women in leading roles.

Over the last ten years, I, like many others, have written to numerous media and entertainment outlets to implore them to help us get rid of all electronic voting machines and bring democracy to our voting system and our country.   To no avail, alas.

And then I saw a recent episode of "Scandal," entitled "Defiance," which did just this, in part, by addressing charges of election fraud in Defiance, Ohio in a fictional format.

I love the scenes where James Novak (Dan Bucatinsky) talks with computer scientists about their dissertation. This helps him to read memory cards and understand the rigging of the election on the touchscreen electronic voting machines in Defiance.   Here is a link to the whole episode "Defiance"

(For those who have not seen the series), James is a journalist covering the White House. He is also the husband of Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry), the president's chief of staff.   The president, Fitzgerald [Fitz] Grant (Tony Goldwyn) is a Republican who trashes pollsters and is in office via this rigged election.   We don't know yet whether he is in on it.  

Television can be powerful. People often relate to the stories they see illuminated in dramatic series, even when they are skeptical about what they hear from activists who are not in the mainstream. In other words, if someone as influential and accomplished as Shonda Rhimes believes there is enough here for a television show, there must be some truth to it.

Exposing this reality on mainstream TV may just get through to the many people who do not know this kind of rigging exists and to others who know but dismiss and/or trivialize it. It may get through to those who say audits can save us from rigging. It might even get through to some who, with their silence, are complicit.

I love the connection between "Doyle Energy," the fictional oil company owned by character Hollis Doyle (Gregg Henry) and "Cytron," a fictional Internet security company that also secretly develops software unofficially used for electronic voting machines.   To get a pipeline through the country, Hollis rigs the election and also causes the explosion at Cytron that kills seven people.

I love the "secret circle", that includes Beltway "fixer," Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington), lefty Supreme Court Justice Verna Thornton (Debra Mooney),   Cyrus, Hollis and   the president's wife Mellie Grant (Bellamy Young). They are all entangled in this rigging.

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