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Tasered Florida Student Gets Britney Speared on Today Show

Greg Palast 

Due to issues involving Andrew Meyer’s litigation, his attorney has requested we hold off broadcast. As this young journalist has hadmeyerandpalast.JPGenough shocks in his life, I see no reason not to comply.

Now that I’ve met Andrew, I can tell you: he’s not some sensationalist fruitcake. He’s a sincere guy with a damn good question: why not count the votes, America? Andrew will be providing on-the-ground reports for us from Florida over the coming election season.

Apologies for the awful puns.

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IT’S NOT THE VOLTS, IT’S THE VOTES!
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The student shocked by a taser gun last month at the University of Florida while questioning Senator John Kerry will be providing regular reports on epalastmeyer.jpglection shenanigans for Air America’s ‘Clout.’ The program, hosted by Richard Greene carries the Palast Report weekly. Andrew will be interning with the Palast team as a journalist in training.
Palst is in contact with Kerry’s office to see if the Senator will answer Meyer’s question on air – without an armed guard.

Meyer, who appeared Thursday morning on the Today show sandwiched between reports on Britney Spears, Oprah Winfrey and Heather Mills, was the only guest who

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Don’t Tase me, bro’ student breaks silence

Greg Palast 

Andrew Meyer explains his motive behind event that led to national debate
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Wed., Oct. 31, 2007election

In the media frenzy that has surrounded the Tasering of University of Florida student Andrew Meyer during a September John Kerry forum, one voice has been missing from the conversation – Meyer’s. …more

Greg Palast Offers Job to Tasered Journalism Student

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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.

Student Tasered for ‘Armed Madhouse’ Question to Kerry

Greg Palast 

“[Palast] said you won the 2004 election – isn’t that amazing?
There were multiple reports of disenfranchising of Black voters on the day of the election in 2004 in Florida and Ohio. … How could you concede the election on the day?”
by Greg Palast

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We warned you: ‘Armed Madhouse’ is a dangerous book. Yesterday, Andrew Meyer, a University of Florida student was(Andrew Stanfill / Alligator Staff) attacked by five cops, zapped with tasers and arrested after demanding that Senator John Kerry answer the question.

Meyer, just released from jail and now facing five years in prison for resisting arrest, held up a copy of the book and began …

Student to John Kerry:
“I want to recommend a book to you. It’s called ‘Armed Madhouse by Greg Palast.’ He’s the top investigative journalist in America.”

Kerry: “I have the book. I’ve already read it.”

Student: “… In this book, it says there were 5 million votes and you won the election. … How could you concede the election on the day?”(Andrew Stanfill / Alligator Staff)

Meyer, a telecommunications student at the Gainesville campus, asked related questions including a query as to why Kerry refused to vote for impeachment. When he passed his alloted one minute mic time, five cops jumped him, threw him to the ground, then shot him with taser shockers.

Kerry, true to character, stood immobile.

Now, I’ve given many talks. And some questioners have taken too long at the mic. But I’ve never done the Stalin thing of cops and electronic beating to limit the discussion. (Yes, it’s true that Randi Rhodes recently threatened me with a taser when I’ve monopolized the mic in her studio.)

The Washington Post reported only that Meyer was holding a “mysterious yellow book.” VERY mysterious. [Read the excerpt]

I would note that enchained student was busted in Alachua County, Florida, where, six years ago, I uncovered massive, systematic and utterly illegal disenfranchisement of Black voters – ordered by Gov. Jeb Bush’s office just before the 2000 election. (“Florida’s Disappeared Voters,” February 2001, The Nation.) Alachua remains under federal scrutiny for its long history of racial bias against Black voters.

I must admit I feel some appreciation for Meyer, especially because, even while he was being shot with untold amps of electricity, until he was handcuffed, he would not let go of his mysterious yellow book, ‘Armed Madhouse.’

Hear the update live tonight on the new “Palast Report” on Air America Radio. The Palast Report will now broadcast every Tuesday night, at 8pm Eastern, on Richard Greene’s new weeknight show, “Clout.”

And get America’s most SHOCKING book, the New York Times bestseller, Armed Madhouse: From Baghdad to New Orleans (Penguin 2007).
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Read the excerpt from Armed Madhouse that Andrew Meyer got arrested for mentioning here.