Bush family fortunes
Bush Family Fortunes is a documentary that will make you shake your head and want to throw something at your TV. If even half of what BBC investigative reporter
Watching John Kerry lip-synch the oath of office, I couldn’t help wondering, ‘what if.’
Here on stage in Washington was the winner-class warmed and protected by cashmere and tax cuts against the strange, nipple-chilling cold. Hell had frozen over.
Our President said, “It is the policy of the United States to seek and support the growth of democratic movements and institutions in every nation.” Well, no, it isn’t.
Network’s Craven Back-Down on Bush Draft Dodge Report Sure to Get a Standing Rove-ation at White House
“Independent” my ass. CBS’ cowardly purge of five journalists who exposed George Bush’s dodging of the Vietnam War draft was done under cover of what the network laughably called an “Independent Review Panel.”
The “panel” was just two guys as qualified for the job as they are for landing the space shuttle: Dick Thornburgh and Louis Boccardi.
In 1968, former Congressman George Herbert Walker Bush of Texas, fresh from voting to send other men’s sons to Vietnam, enlisted his own son in a very special affirmative action program, the ‘champagne’ unit of the Texas Air National Guard. There, Top Gun fighter pilot George Dubya was assigned the dangerous job of protecting Houston from Vietcong air attack.
Dan Rather Feared The Price of “Asking Questions” Before Network’s Purge of Investigative Reporters
In response to CBS’ craven, cowardly firing of ’60 Minutes’ producer Mary Mapes for her story of our President’s draft-dodging history, we are reproducing below the comment on one of the other journalists hung from the Bush Family tree. Watch this space for a new commentary to be posted on CBS’ dive to the mat.
For the Guardian and Observer (UK)
Sunday October 31, 2004
Voters claim abuse of electoral rolls.
Students say they were conned into registering twice.
An Observer investigation in the United States has uncovered widespread allegations of electoral abuse, many of them going uninvestigated despite complaints of what would appear to be criminal attempts to manipulate voter lists.
Congratulations, Mr. President!
Florida’s Computers Have Already Counted Thousands of Votes For George W. Bush
Before one vote was cast in early voting this week in Florida, the new touch-screen computer voting machines of Florida started out with a several-thousand vote lead for George W. Bush.
Why were Iraqi elections delayed? Why was Jay Garner fired? Why are our troops still there? Investigative reporter Greg Palast uncovers new documents that answer these questions and more about the Bush administration’s grand designs on Iraq. Like everything else issued during this administration, the plan to overhaul the Iraqi economy has corporate lobbyist fingerprints all over it.
A secret document obtained from inside Bush campaign headquarters in Florida suggests a plan – possibly in violation of US law – to disrupt voting in the state’s African-American voting districts, a BBC Newsnight investigation reveals.
by Edward Burch
Film & Music Editor
It is certainly fitting that Michael Moore is quoted in the publicity for this film, hailing it as “courageous reporting.” After all, it is the BBC’s Greg Palast on whom Fahrenheit 9/11 relies for several of its key points — the purging of Black voters from the Florida voter rolls in 2000, the connecting link of Saudi money to George W. Bush’s failed oil ventures, and so on. It is one of the failings of American media that Palast, an American citizen, must report for other countries’ media.
Shooting the Messenger Doesn’t Discredit the Message
When Dan Rather went down for airing a document he couldn’t source, he did the courageous thing: blamed someone else.
In this case, Rather and CBS loaded their corporate guilt on a guy you’ve probably never heard of before, rancher Bill Burkett of Abilene, a retired Lieutenant Colonel from the Texas Air National Guard.
By Greg Palast
Our President told the debate audience, “You cannot lead if you send mexxed missiges.” I certainly hope not.
But that’s exactly what we got. You watch our President, the nervous hand-hiding, the compulsive water-glass-fondling, the panicked I-wish-I-had-a-whiskey look, and you think, “My god, this is the guy who’s supposed to save us from al Qaeda.”
By Brett Sporich
While most people have heard of Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 9/11,” which comes out on video Oct. 5, few have heard of “Bush Family Fortunes: The Best Democracy Money Can Buy,” which goes on sale Tuesday on DVD.
Greg Palast, who reports for BBC TV’s “Newsnight” and produced “Bush Fortunes,” was the first to capture Lt. Col. Bill Burkett on film stating that he witnessed the destruction of President Bush’s National Guard records, some of the same records that have recently landed CBS News and anchorman Dan Rather in hot water.