Tuesday, April 29, 2008

A Note to NPR, Which Should Do Better

For Nina Totenberg, in response to today’s Morning Edition story:

Thor Hearne should be understood in context, which, despite trickery, is not difficult -- because of one my heroes, Brad Friedman (see my own article, "Purging the Purgers".

Mr. Hearne is the former General Counsel for Bush/Cheney2004 who appeared out of nowwhere as the spokesman for the brand new American Center for Voting Rights just in time to testify for now-jailed Congressman Bob Ney in March 2005 about problems with the November 2004 election and then to turn around and be an invited panelist at the Baker Carter Election Commission.

It has been his job, as an RNC operative, to promote fear of "voter fraud" to distract from the real issues found by Congressman John Conyers, Jr. in the hearings in Ohio in late 2004 that found evidence of the "disenfranchisement of tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of voters, predominantly minority and Democratic voters" in the state that finally gave Mr. Bush the Presidency.

Read the coverage of Mr. Hearne by Brad Friedman at Bradblog.com. Please note the recent interweaving of Mr. Hearne with the mysteries of the U.S. Attorney Scandal.

Now this is a story worth telling your NPR listeners.

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