Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Rearview: Death Match Drama 2004

As the world watches the main event of Presidential Death Match 2008, don’t forget the last bout, particularly election night and the aftermath of the Bush-Kerry vote.

A Media Drag Race: “We want to be accuracy central,” Dan Rather explained at 1:30 a.m. on November 3, 2004. He was trying to explain why CBS wasn’t ready yet to call Ohio’s 20 electoral votes – and thus the election – for George W. Bush. Full Story.

Post-Election Suspicions: A week after the election, evidence accumulated that vote tallies in some states might have been manipulated. Voting analysis of selected precincts in Florida and Ohio revealed surprisingly high percentages for Bush, and critics were claiming that spoiled ballots and provisional votes, both disproportionately affecting minorities, could have made the difference. Full story.

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