READER COMMENTS ON
"Media Finally Question the Relationship Between Elections Officials and Voting Machine Companies"
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COMMENT #1 [Permalink]
said on 8/21/2007 @ 12:23 am PT...
I agree. This is truly a great story to read in the MSM for once. I hope we can see more. We should all write to the article's writer to commend him for such a well researched and forthright piece.
COMMENT #2 [Permalink]
said on 8/21/2007 @ 6:02 am PT...
An well balanced portrayal of the issue Brad. It is a good practice to give credit where it is due.
If I was sarcastic , I would say "Wow, they ae getting the concept of conflict of interest 101, the elementary or obvious phase."
But it is also true that we are in a world of hurt when our "wisdom" is composed of the obvious.
And we are even worse off when people like Steve Weir "don't see it [the obvious]."
COMMENT #3 [Permalink]
said on 8/21/2007 @ 6:02 am PT...
Notice again, the word "customers" with no mention of democracy, like the DIEBOLD/Premier spokesperson saying we can "focus on our customers" better. So, we're "customers"! That's TWO companies now, categorizing democracy as their "customers".
COMMENT #4 [Permalink]
said on 8/21/2007 @ 6:06 am PT...
re post #2
If I could type I would say "A well balanced" instead of "An well balanced"; "they are getting" instead of "they ae getting".
But alas typos are a part of my life and so it goes.
COMMENT #5 [Permalink]
said on 8/21/2007 @ 7:16 am PT...
Big Dan #3
Good point. This article seems to portray "Iraqi democracy" as a customer too.
There is a distinct difference between a customer, a client, and a principal, which the media, election officials, and EVM vendors have blurred.
In so doing they cannot see the conflict of interest.
COMMENT #6 [Permalink]
said on 8/21/2007 @ 7:33 am PT...
Feels good to be part of the changes, doesn't it?
COMMENT #7 [Permalink]
said on 8/21/2007 @ 9:19 am PT...
Can I do a Colbert word thingy? The word is "contempt"
It seems that election officials and their twins the EVM vendors are in contempt of the people's interests.
Who in bushiedom these daze isn't? The Forestry Service, Vice President, and the Executive Branch (doesn't include VP he says), are contemptuous of congress.
They are the leaders, so every bushie thinks one must be in contempt of the people's will to be cool.
The people want paper ballots, so give them DRE's; the people want the troops out of Iraq, so send more troops there; the people want Libby jailed, so pardon him; the people want rid of Gonzales, so keep him; the people don't want to be spied on, so spy on them night and day; the people want the press free to tell them the truth; so the press becomes embedded and believes that the people can't handle the truth; and on and on and on ad nauseum.
Contempt, its not just for everyday common criminals anymore, its for the darling bushies too.
Big Brother is a bushie in contempt of the people.
COMMENT #8 [Permalink]
said on 8/21/2007 @ 10:56 am PT...
This is common in govt. As the agencies have no expertise in a subject, they rely on vendors and lobbyists for info. How do you think police forces buy and train on radar/laser units? Company sales forces do it for them. Then they train themselves the same way, skipping the flaws because they were never told about them in the first place, and don't know the units are malfunctioning.
COMMENT #9 [Permalink]
said on 8/21/2007 @ 10:31 pm PT...
It will never get anywhere. The mass media has a vested interest in keeping as many Republicans in power as possible, because the Rs will let the "news" outlets merge across media as well as to continue conglomeration. The newspaper and TV station owners, as well as the big five, don't want Democrats to come in and regulate or even (heaven forbid) bust the media up into competitive pieces. So don't expect to see much in the media about insuring fair vote counts.