Wednesday, December 01, 2004

Olbermann Interviewed on Blogging and 2004 Election Irregularities

Keith Olbermann has received onsiderable attention for devoting the most time of any television news show to questions regarding the 2004 election results. The Annenberg Online Journalism Review has interviewed him on subjects ranging from blogging to the 2004 election. During the interview, Olbermann was asked what the irregularities and recounts will show in the end:
I can guarantee that they'll show that this Rube Goldbergian system of different voting laws, voting equipment, voting auditing we have in this country can't be taken for granted any more and must be standardized nationally, or we face a real threat to the democracy. As John Zogby said on the show the other night, yeah, it's great that 80% of the public thinks the election was absolutely legitimate. But, my God, that means one in five don't. That's an incredibly dangerous truth. We have to fix that.

Practically speaking, I suspect that the Ohio recount and whatever happens in Florida will not alter the outcome -- although I don't think that's the billion-to-one shot people assume. I'd say it's closer to 8:1. Ohio really, really messed up. And I think we'll see a lot of proved computerized disasters, and a lot of inappropriate partisanship.


Blogger Bob Evans said...

What is surprising is that 80 percent believe the election was legitimate . . .

10:54 PM  
Blogger Pamela Leavey said...

"But, my God, that means one in five don't. That's an incredibly dangerous truth."

There's a lot to be said for those one in five folks, they are the ones who change things in this country!

12:31 AM  
Blogger Ron Chusid said...

Assuming that the 20% who don't think the election is legitimate are primarily Kerry voters, this means that about 40% of those who voted for Kerry do not think the results were legitimate.

That's a scary sign for Democracy when such a huge percentage of those who vote for the losing candidate do not trust the results.

8:07 AM  

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