By: Dave Astor
Mark Crispin Miller says most general-circulation newspapers haven’t reviewed his “Fooled Again” book, which alleges that the 2004 election was stolen. But Creators Syndicate columnist Paul Craig Roberts gave the three-month-old book a positive mention in a piece dated last Thursday.
“Miller describes considerably more election fraud than voting machines programmed to count a proportion of Kerry votes as Bush votes,” wrote Roberts, a former assistant secretary of the U.S. Treasury under President Reagan. “Miller reports incidences of intimidation of, and reduced voting opportunities for, poorer voters who tend to vote Democrat.”
Roberts added: “Some of Miller’s evidence is circumstantial. However, he documents widespread Republican dirty tricks and foul play. The media’s indifference to a stolen election burns Miller as much as the stolen election itself.”
The columnist — a former associate editor of the Wall Street Journal and a former contributing editor of the National Review — also discussed rumors that voting machines were hacked. “The pre-election statement by Diebold’s CEO that he would work to deliver the election to Bush was apparently no idle boast,” said Roberts. “In five states where the new ‘foolproof’ electronic voting machines were used, the vote tallies differed substantially from the exit polls. Such a disparity is unusual. The chances of exit polls in five states being wrong are no more than one in one million.”
Roberts added that the non-partisan federal Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a September 2005 report noting, among other things, that “it was possible to alter voting machines so that a ballot cast for one candidate would be recorded for another.”
The media, he continued, “has shown no interest in the GAO report. In my opinion, a free press has proven to be inconsistent with the recently permitted highly concentrated corporate ownership of the U.S. media.”
Roberts’s column concluded: “(N)ow that Republicans have learned that they can use the electronic machines to control election outcomes, the disenfranchisement of Democrats is likely to be a permanent feature of American ‘democracy.'”
Miller said in an e-mail that he’s aware of only one daily newspaper (the South Florida Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale) publishing a review of his book, and that TV shows will not have him as a guest. This has been the case, added the author, despite 57 pages of detailed endnotes in “Fooled Again” and his position as a New York University professor.
“The media would seem to have buried ‘Fooled Again’ not because of any weakness in the book itself, but for political reasons,” said Miller.