Fooled Again: How the Right Stole the 2004 Election and Why They'll Steal the Next One Too (Unless We Stop Them)by Mark Crispin Miller
For Republicans, the 2004 presidential election was little short of miraculous: Behind in the Electoral College tally in the days leading up to the election, behind even on the very afternoon of the vote, the Bush ticket staged a stunning comeback. The exit polls, usually so reliable, turned out to be wrong by an unprecedented 5 percent in the swing states.
For Republicans, the 2004 presidential election was little short of miraculous: Behind in the Electoral College tally in the days leading up to the election, behind even on the very afternoon of the vote, the Bush ticket staged a stunning comeback. The exit polls, usually so reliable, turned out to be wrong by an unprecedented 5 percent in the swing states. Conservatives argued-and the media agreed-that "moral values" had made the difference. In his new book renowned critic and political commentator Mark Crispin Miller argues that it wasn't moral values that swung the election-it was theft. While the greatest body of evidence comes from the key state of Ohio-where the Democratic staff of the House Judiciary Committee found an extraordinary onslaught of Republican-engineered vote suppression, election-day irregularities, old-fashioned intimidation tactics, and illegal counting procedures-similar practices (and occasionally worse ones) were applied in Florida, Oregon, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, and even New York. A huge array of anomalies, improper practices, and blatant violations of the law all, by a truly remarkable coincidence, happened to swing in the Bush ticket's favor.This pattern-not one overwhelming fraud but thousands of little ones-is, in Miller's view, the new Republican electoral strategy. This incendiary new book presents massive documentation that the election was stolen and describes the mind-set, among both the major parties and the media, that could permit it to happen again.
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Mark Crispin Miller is a professor of media studies at New York University and a well-known public intellectual. His writings on film, television, propaganda, advertising, and the culture industries have appeared in numerous journals and newspapers, including The Nation and the New York Times . He is the author of The Bush Dyslexicon: Observations on a National Disorder (2001) and Cruel and Unusual: Bush/Cheney's New World Order (2004). Miller has appeared on “Frontline,” “The PBS Newshour,” “The O'Reilly Factor,” “Washington Journal,” and Bill Moyers's “The Public Mind,” and has been a guest on countless radio programs. He is a regular commentator on Air America. He lives in New York.
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Fooled Again convincingly tells a shocking tale. If you ever had any doubt that George Bush won an election, read this book. This is one of those great open secrets nobody can quite believe, but this book lays out all of the devastating facts. People may scorn the conclusion, but nobody has, or could, challenge the facts that compel the conclusion that Bush supporters stole the Ohio election. I am left wondering why there is no major media coverage of this book. It may just be nobody wants to know that the second term should never have happened. From a Democrats' perspective, I find this book heart wrenching because it describes a crime that has spawned now three more years of an incompetent, malicious, and dictatorial president. Reading this book is a bit like reading a history of the Mai Lai massacre, before you begin you know that attrocities occurred, but actually reading the details can make you nauseous. At the same time, while people are still denying the truth there is an urgent need to understand what actually happened. For those that have the stomach for it, this is an excellent, well- written expose.
This is a meticously researched book about what really went on in 2004. It is terrifying and the media won't touch it. That leaves it up to those of us who are not afraid of the truth and who want our once great country to become great again to do something. START by reading this book.
He lays it all out in frightening, well researched detail. Even if it does not convince you that the election was stolen, after reading this book you will have no doubts that our current election system has serious problems that need fixing.
Hooray for Mark Crispin Miller for tackling this too-hot- to- touch topic! This book should be in the hands of every citizen who truly cares about democracy, and that should be all of us. Along with Miller, and many others, I have also been researching this issue and attempting to alert media and representatives to investigate it for the past year. And I concur with Miller's conclusion: there is an enormous SILENCE on this topic in the mainstream media. But what is not fully understood by most Americans (yet), and what Miller understands very well as a seasoned critic of the media, is this: we no longer have an independent free press in America. That is why this issue has been so downplayed and why very little investigation has occurred. The Fourth Estate of our strangled democracy has been essentially silenced by virtue of ownership by a small handful of corporations with heavy investment in defense spending and deep conflicts of interests favoring the right. Twenty or thirty years ago ABC, NBC, major papers and the like were stand-alone operations, run by journalists. Now over 90% of all media in this country are owned by fewer than 11 corporations. And many of the same wealthy individuals sit on their various boards. And the journalists who work for them know what their editors and ultimately their owners will publish and what they won't - what gets them promoted and what gets them demoted. The example of Dan Rather should make that clear. The result? A massive failure by the leading media outlets (and the local ones who follow their lead) to properly investigate such an important matter as potentially massive election fraud, or even to respect the concerns of millions of voters about the obvious lack of security and verifiability of paperless electronic voting. Many of those raising these questions, like Miller, are academics or professionals with a solid grounding in investigation, analysis, computer science or statistics. Finally, after much citizen lobbying and the leadership of a handful of US representatives, the relatively non- partisan Government Accountabilty Office investigated the matter. Just this past month (Oct. 21) the GAO CONFIRMED Miller's and others' contention that there are serious security holes in our voting system such that just a handful of individuals could alter large numbers of votes electronically. 'Fooled Again' is an important book. Read it. Ponder it. And then put it in the hands of your local election offiicals and representatives! Nothing less than American democracy is at stake.