Day: March 31, 2010

FEC Commissioner Helped RNC Conceal Role in 2004 Vote Suppression

 

This news is huge but will never really see the light of day in the mainstream media.  For some reason, the MSM and the American people have turned a deaf ear on the vote suppression accusations of 2000 and 2004.

In fact very few liberal or conservative bloggers ever made a big deal about what could possibly have been TWO STOLEN ELECTIONS during the Bush era.  Yet, in recent history, news outlets like Fox News accused ACORN or voter fraud.  The projection was simply astonishing.  It immediately took me back to Jack Clark’s mantra:

Everything the right-wing does is designed to accomplish one of two things. Either
(a) transfer wealth from everyone else to the rich, or
(b) distract everyone else from the fact that (a) is occurring.

Raw Story:

Caroline Hunter, a Bush-appointed Federal Election Commissioner who remains in office, provided misleading statements under oath in an effort to conceal Republican National Committee involvement in vote suppression activities during the 2004 presidential election, a Raw Story investigation has found.

Legal experts say Hunter’s submission of such statements under oath is a serious ethical and professional breach which could warrant a bar review and potential disbarment. At the time, Hunter was serving as deputy counsel to the Republican National Committee.

How a young Republican lawyer became a central witness

In the final days of the 2004 presidential election, the Democratic National Committee files an injunction against the Republican National Committee in New Jersey federal court, alleging its involvement in using lists of returned mail to challenge 35,000 newly registered Ohio voters. This tactic, also known as voter caging, is historically employed to suppress votes from minority and low-income citizens who tend to vote Democratic.        More>>>

The Origin Of Fox News’ Blatant Lies

Why does Fox News lie so much with impunity?  Why are they able to get away with the things they say?  Why does EVERYONE on Fox news tow the company talking point for the day with no guilt or shame?

In short:

People frequently refer to a court case that Fox won, which essentially gave the media the right to lie. This came from an appellate court decision that states that the FCC’s news distortion policy  does not qualify as a rule, law, or regulation.

The Rise Of Conservative Media:

How Did It Happen? How Did So Many Republicans End Up Believing Falsehoods About Obama?

First things first. 

Please look at  this Media Matters compilation of right-wing talking points over the past year about Barack Obama:

Media Matters Research:

A Harris poll released on March 24 found that a majority of Republican respondents believe that President Obama “is a socialist,” “wants to take away Americans’ right to own guns,” “is a Muslim,” “wants to turn over the sovereignty of the United States to a one world government,” and “has done many things that are unconstitutional.” The findings follow a year of such smears and attacks on Obama by conservatives.

According to the Harris poll, conducted of 2,320 adults between March 1 and March 8, a majority of Republicans believe Obama is a socialist (67 percent), wants to take away Americans’ right to own guns (61 percent), is Muslim (57 percent), wants to turn over the sovereignty of the United States to a one-world government (51 percent), and that he has done many things that are unconstitutional (51 percent). Large minorities also believe Obama was not born in the United States and is therefore ineligible for the presidency (45 percent), is a racist (42 percent), and is doing many things Adolf Hitler did (38 percent).

In the past two years, conservatives in the media have advanced many of these false claims, including that Obama is in fact a Muslim and not a Christian, wants to take away Americans’ guns, and was not born in the United States. They have also advanced numerous smears that Obama is a socialist, a racist, and has policies and beliefs similar to Hitler’s.

 For years now, I have often wondered how Fox News and Hate Radio get away with the vile hate and vitriol it spews, especially about Barack Obama.  What’s worse, as you can see from polling data, is that huge percentages of Republicans believe the lies that are spread about the POTUS.

Here are some of my posts on the subjects,  here, here and here.

Barack Obama is highly qualified to be President of The United States.  His predecessor was not one-third as qualified, yet revered by the same right-wing attack machine that now sets out to destroy Obama with lies.

How in heaven’s name can they constantly get away with this? 

Tomorrow I will post about the media and its role as wholly owned subsidiaries of big corporations.