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GuvWurld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-24-08 08:24 PM
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Open letter from the media to the media (re: unprovable federal election results)
This is being widely cross-posted. Readers are requested to send the letter to the media and encourage media contacts to sign on and discuss the topic in their work.

http://usacoup.scoop.co.nz/unprovable (re-directs to: http://usacoup.scoop.co.nz/?p=835 )

We Do Not Consent - Open Letter To The Media
October 24, 2008Press Release

A current list of this letters signers can be found (as of 10/23 @ Noon PT) at http://usacoup.scoop.co.nz/unprovable . 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: unprovable@scoop.co.nz .

We Do Not Consent - Open Letter To The Media
SEND THIS LETTER AS AN EMAIL TO YOUR MEDIA
(Note: you will need to provide an email address)

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 states 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 Kerrys negative 25 million votes in Youngstown, OH (Nov. 2004), or Palm Beach Countys 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 nobody this November when the outcome is a spoiled mess, riddled with controversy. In fact, we can already say the resultsbased on the conditionsare guaranteed to be inconclusive, unknowable and unprovable.

We must challenge our industry to refuse to report as fact what cant be proven and hasnt 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 dont 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, http://WeDoNotConsent.blogspot.com ; Voter Confidence Committee of Humboldt, CA

Mark Crispin Miller, Author, www.markcrispinmiller.blogspot.com

Alastair Thompson, Co-Editor/General Manager, http://www.Scoop.co.nz

Michael Collins, "The Money Party," http://usacoup.scoop.co.nz/?tag=michael-collins ; http://electionfraudnews.com/MichaelCollins.htm

Ernest Partridge, Co-Editor, The Crisis Papers http://www.crisispapers.org /

Bernard Weiner, Co-Editor, The Crisis Papers http://www.crisispapers.org /

Rob Kall, Executive Editor & Publisher, http://www.OpEdNews.com

Joan Brunwasser, Election Integrity Editor, http://www.OpEdNews.com

Rady Ananda, Senior Editor, http://www.OpEdNews.com

Tom Courbat, Founder, SAVE R VOTE, www.savervote.com

Dan Ashby, Co-Founder and Director, http://www.ElectionDefenseAlliance.org

Linda Milazzo, OpedNews Senior Editor; HuffingtonPost blogger

Lynn Landes, freelance journalist, http://www.thelandesreport.com

Jan Baumgartner, Managing Editor, http://www.OpEdNews.com

Cheryl Biren-Wright, Managing Editor, http://www.OpEdNews.com

David Swanson, Co-Founder AfterDowningStreet.org

Joanne Lukacher, Communications Director, Re-Media Election Transparency Coalition, www.re-mediaetc.org

Andi Novick, Legal Counsel, Re-media Election Transparency Coalition, www.re-mediaetc.org

Amanda Lang, OEN Managing Editor, http://www.opednews.com

Valerie Lane, Chair, SAVElections Monterey County

Peter B. Collins, syndicated talk show host, http://www.peterbcollins.com

David L. Griscom, Ph.D., http://impactglassman.blogspot.com ; Co-Founder, AUDITAZ, http://auditaz.blogspot.com ; Member Coordinating Committee, Election Defense Alliance, http://www.electiondefensealliance.org /

SEND THIS EMAIL TO THE MEDIA
(Note: you will need to look up an email address)

A current list of this letters signers can be found (as of 10/23 @ Noon PT) at http://usacoup.scoop.co.nz/unprovable . 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: unprovable@scoop.co.nz .
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GuvWurld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-24-08 09:28 PM
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1. Kick (eom)
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emlev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-24-08 10:07 PM
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2. KicK!
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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-24-08 10:33 PM
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3. I am Michael Collins & I endorse this letter. Scoop's link as an automated email form for el media
Pretty distinguished group, save one ;)

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GuvWurld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-24-08 11:04 PM
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4. Please check out my follow up
How To Disarm Weapons of Mass Deception

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-25-08 12:49 AM
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5. Think about down ticket races. n/t
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althecat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-25-08 11:15 AM
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8. This is a very important point....
Election fraud gives the bad guys the ability to not just rig the big races - but all races. And we can bet that election fraud has been getting more sophisticated.....
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althecat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-25-08 10:00 AM
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6. Hi, I am extremely happy to be kicking and reccing this thread....
:kick:
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-25-08 10:55 AM
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7. Kick
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GuvWurld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-25-08 02:02 PM
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9. kick (eom)
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GuvWurld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-25-08 08:13 PM
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10. kick (eom)
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althecat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-26-08 10:52 PM
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11. kick for a damn fine effort from Guvwurld....
:kick:

For being the media. We have been the media and we have achieved quite a lot actually.
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