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Steal Back Your Vote!

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Palast: One out of five Colorado voters purged from voter registration
Outcome of 2008 election likely to be skewed by unethical tactics

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By David O. Williamsv

August 27, 2008 — Robert Kennedy Jr. had a pretty good excuse for skipping his scheduled appearance with investigative journalist Greg Palast to promote their latest project, “Steal Back Your Vote” — a report on voting irregularities and fraud in the 2008 election.

Palast, speaking at the Progressive Democrats of America gathering at a downtown Denver church during the DNC Tuesday, excused Kennedy’s absence to be with his uncle, Monday’s inspirational surprise speaker Sen. Ted Kennedy, and introduced a surprise replacement of his own, Amy Goodman of Democracy Now.
Progressive investigative journalist Goodman asked a delegate to hold up a goody bag with sponsor logo from AT&T on one side and decried the influence of big corporate money on the modern American political process.

She talked about trying to get into a delegate gathering at Mile High Stadium Monday and being denied access by towering security guards. Goodman said delegates at a corporate party are in training for just how skewed by campaign contributions politics in America have become, and added that there can be no good reasons to keep the press out, only bad ones.

“When you’ve got money saturating politics, and even if you care deeply about the public good, you’ve got to see where the money is and that’s what this is about every four years,” Goodman said. “It’s about teaching (budding politicians) big-money politics.” …more

Greg Palast Offers Job to Tasered Journalism Student

Anna King 

by Brad Friedman Brad Blog

Andrew Meyer Currently ‘On Ice’, According to Investigate Journalist/NYTimes Best Selling Author of ‘Mysterious Yellow Book’…

We just spoke with Greg Palast, whose Armed Madhouse paperback (or “mysterious ‘yellow book'”, as lazy Washington Post blogger, Emil Steiner “reported” it) was being waved and alluded to by University of Florida student Andrew Meyer just prior to his being Tasered by UF cops earlier this week.

Palast says he is offering the journalism student a job as a paid intern. Meyer had described Palast, in his question to Kerry about why he conceded the 2004 Presidential Election so early, as “the top investigate journalist in America.”

“Did you notice he never let the book touch the ground?,” an impressed Palast wryly noted.

Meyers was Tasered by the authorities as the majority of the students in the crowd sat passively during their fellow student’s pleas for help and shrieks of pain. He was then arrested and charged with a felony for “inciting a riot and disrupting a school function.” (Police report here [PDF])

“His attorneys seem to be keeping him on ice,” Palast told us, when we asked if he’d been able to officially offer the gig to Meyer.

Indeed, our note to Meyer sent Tuesday, inviting him to Guest Blog his experience here at The BRAD BLOG, has so far similarly gone unanswered.