Searching for the WMDs (Wimpy Media Dickheads)
Over the past four years the mainstream media has taken to the Bush administration’s lies, distortions, and evasions like pigs to a trough. As
But when it comes to stories like the wholesale theft of our democracy, they have more important things to cover—
A handful of US papers ran a story by AP technology writer Rachel Konrad under headlines like “Academia Still Fixated on John Kerry” (LA Times, San Jose Mercury News) and “Conspiracy Theorists Still Question Bush’s Victory” (Miami Herald). Konrad’s story is a textbook exercise in how the media stalks a story in order to kill it. She begins:
John Kerryconceded defeat more than two weeks ago, and Presidenthas already revamped his Cabinet. But as states certify final election returns, an academic debate over their accuracy is heating up. Bush
None of the experts examining the returns has discovered voting anomalies significant enough to have swung the election.
She follows this with a quote from a joint MIT-Caltech report that says, essentially, the election of 2004 was fraud free. End of story. Not until Paragraph 7 does she actually mention the
Worse, it turns out the MIT-Caltech report she quoted from was published on November 11 – a week before the
Was Konrad somehow in cahoots with the e-voting cabal? No. She was just lazy. At some point over the last few weeks she’d decided what the story was — that electronic voting was perhaps flawed but not fraudulent -- and those who would suggest otherwise were paranoid, partisan, or simply not credible. Anything else that failed to fit the script got punted.
This is the Fourth Estate in the year of our Lord 2004. With media this compliant, who needs Joseph Goebbels?