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Keith Olbermann Plays Hardball, Breaks Votergate Story on National, Mainstream Media



Keith Olbermann Plays Hardball, Breaks Votergate Story on National, Mainstream Media

By Anthony Wade

November 8, 2004

Kudos to Keith Olbermann of MSNBC. Finally, someone in the mainstream media took the story about the rampant evidence of election fraud to prime time. Following the tepid journalism from Chris Matthews, Olbermann reported tonight about the two major stories we have been following since election night.

Olbermann first reported on the events in Warren County, Ohio on election night. Warren was one of the last counties to report and as such, directly contributed to the state being called for Bush. What makes Warren County newsworthy is that election officials decided to lock down the vote count and excluded any observation of the tallying process. The lame excuse given was “homeland security” concerns. Olbermann reported tonight that those concerns actually stemmed from the Department of Homeland Security, who informed them that on a scale of 1-10, Warren represented a 10 in terms of security concerns. Warren County represents a mostly rural district between Dayton and Cincinnati. I would be very interested to hear about the source Tom Ridge used to determine that this small portion of a Midwest state had suddenly become a security threat.

While that is beyond suspicious, Olbermann went on to report on the startling results from 29 Florida counties which had all flipped their vote from their registration. In each of these counties we saw statistically improbable results favoring George W. Bush every time. This story had been on the internet for a week now, but had been all but ignored by all mainstream media until Keith Olbermann finally proved there can be honesty in journalism. Keith’s guest was the Honorable John Conyers, Congressman from Michigan. Mr. Conyers has led the charge for the GAO to investigate the mounting reports of “irregularities”. Mr. Olbermann tried his best to ask pointed questions, referring to the possibility of the election being “rigged” or “fixed”. Conyers tried his best to stay above the political fray but in the end the cold fact remained that something has gone wrong in this election.

Prior to the Olbermann show, we saw Chris Matthews, playing softball as only he can. After the obligatory shock and awe Iraq coverage, Matthews had a segment on “where the Democrats went wrong” and had on Bush Campaign 04 Senior Advisor, Tucker Eskew. Quite the moment of impartial journalism. The only thing separating Matthews from being a Fox host is the “fair and balanced” tag line. The intent is again, quite clear. Pay no attention to the fact that there is mounting evidence of fraud. Ignore the clamoring from the people on the Internet, who are starting to put the pieces together and hold out for the elections to be certified. Chris Matthews should be ashamed.

Today on Democratic Underground, Bev Harris of posted the following:

“I was tipped off by a person very high up in TV that the news has been locked down tight, and there will be no TV coverage of the real problems with voting on Nov. 2. Even the journalists are pretty horrified. My source said they've also been forbidden to talk about it even on their own time, and he was calling from somewhere else. He was trying to figure out how to get the real news out on vote fraud.”

This is what is happening in America folks. They are waiting it out, hoping we all go away like we did in 2000. This election was stolen and now mainstream media is in lockdown, denying you the truth. Keith Olbermann should be commended for breaking this open. Please send him thanks and encourage him to continue to be the sole voice of real journalism in a media that has all but abandoned us:

We are not going anywhere this time. We have all fought hard for over a week now to try and get this into the mainstream media and finally it has happened. It cannot stop here though. We need to continue the barrage. Email all mainstream media personalities (except Fox). Demand from your representatives that they get on board with John Conyers in demanding an investigation BEFORE the elections are certified.

Thank you Keith Olbermann, you can teach Chris Matthews a thing or two about playing hardball. The truth must come out and we are not going anywhere this time.

Anthony Wade is co-administrator of , a website devoted to educating the populace to the ongoing lies of President George W. Bush and seeking his removal from office. He is a 37-year-old independent writer from New York with political commentary articles seen on multiple websites. A Christian progressive and professional Rehabilitation Counselor working with the poor and disabled, Mr. Wade believes that you can have faith and hold elected officials accountable for lies and excess. Anthony Wade’s Article Archive Anthony Wade's Blog
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