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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-20-08 08:32 PM
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18. "...isn't true at all"? Then help me here.
You know that Orange Revolution in Ukraine. It left me a little red in the face upon closer examination.
This brings us to the final ingredient of these new coupsthe deployment of polling agencies' "exit polls" broadcast on international television to give the false (or sometimes accurate) impression of massive vote-fraud by the ruling party, to put targeted states on the defensive. Polling operations in the recent coups have been overseen by such outfits as Penn, Schoen and Berland, top advisors to Microsoft and Bill Clinton. Praising their role in subverting Serbia, then Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (and later Chairman of NDI), in an October 2000 letter to the firm quoted on its website, stated: "Your work with the National Democratic Institute and the Yugoslav opposition contributed directly and decisively to the recent breakthrough for democracy in that country . . . This may be one of the first instances where polling has played such an important role in setting and securing foreign policy objectives." Penn, Schoen, together with the OSCE, also ran the widely televised "exit poll" operations in the Ukrainian elections.

And how 'bout them reluctant responders in Georgia? And I don't mean the Peach State.

Georgia's opposition is calling for mass street protests after accusing the authorities of trying to rig Saturday's snap presidential elections.

Exit polls suggested President Mikhail Saakashvili won the elections, possibly by enough votes to avoid a run-off.

But opposition leader Levan Gachechiladze said the exit polls had been "falsified".


No official results have yet been published, and analysts are urging caution, as 20% of respondents in the exit poll refused to say who they had voted for.


Mr Saakashvili called the early election in an attempt to prove his democratic credentials after huge opposition protests were suppressed in November.

Hey. Not too bad. For the fascists that encouraged Saakashvili's Ossetian adventure. Maybe the International Republican Institute commissioned that poll, too. You know that group. Right? The one that boasts the likes of Tom Feeney and Liz Cheney on it's web site.

Now what effort to discredit exit polls are you referring to? TIA's. :shrug:

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