by Greg Palast
Newly unearthed records reveal that, in 2004, when Americans were in the midst
of a brutal electoral battle over whether to reelect a president posing as a war
hero, a commanding US reporter, Dan Rather, went AWOL.
Just three months before the election, Rather had a story that might have
changed the outcome of that razor-close race. We now know that Dan cut a
back-room deal to shut his mouth, grab his ankles, and let his network retract a
story he knew to be absolutely true.
In September 2004 when Rather cowered, Bush was riding high in the
polls. Now, with Bush's approval ratings are below smallpox, Rather has come
out of hiding to shoot at the lame duck. Thanks, Dan.
It began on September 8, 2004, when Rather, on CBS, ran a story that Daddy
Bush Senior had, in 1968, put in the fix to get his baby George out of the
Vietnam War and into the Texas Air National Guard. Little George then rode out
the war defending Houston from Viet Cong attack.
The story is stone-cold solid. I know, because we ran it on BBC
Television a year before CBS
(see that broadcast here). BBC
has never retracted a word of it.
But CBS caved. So did Dan. Read More
From Think Progress Hillbilly Report Glendale, Kentucky May 28, 2007 In 2004, BBC reporter Greg Palast obtained two e-mails — prepared for the executive director of the Bush campaign in Florida and the campaign’s national research director — that listed “1,886 names and addresses of voters in predominantly black and traditionally Democrat areas” of the Jacksonville, FL Naval Air Station. Palast explains: Here’s how the scheme worked: The RNC mailed these voters letters in envelopes marked, “Do not forward”, to be returned to the sender. These letters were mailed to servicemen and women, some stationed overseas, to their US home addresses. The letters then returned to the Bush-Cheney campaign as “undeliverable.” The lists of soldiers of “undeliverable” letters were transmitted from state headquarters, in this case Florida, to the RNC in Washington. The party could then challenge the voters’ registration and thereby prevent their absentee ballots being counted. Caging is a voter suppression tactic. Suppressing votes on the basis of race is not only illegal under the federal Voting Rights Act, but also unconstitutional. E-MAIL FROM THE GEORGEWBUSH.ORG "CATCH-ALL" MAILBOX Click here to see all the emails.